My Sixth Blogiversary

Donald Raab
2 min readJul 31, 2023

After 6 years of blogging, it’s time to write some more.

Photo by RetroSupply on Unsplash

No commitment, No problem

Last year I decided to release myself from the commitment to blog at least once per month. So how did I do this past year in terms of writing?

I wrote 34 blogs in the past year. So 2–3 blogs per month with zero commitment to a quota. I can live with that pace, without having to commit to it.

I love writing.

My Favorite Blog This Past Year

The biggest surprise I had this past blogging year was writing about my experiment building a ToDoList in Java using JavaFX. It reminded me of what coding used to be like when I would build UIs in a flash in Smalltalk.

The blog turned into four part series. I got to code with emojis, use Java Records and experiment with using Jackson to persist my ToDoList. It was a lot of fun to code and to write about. I hope the blogs are informational and fun to read.

Writing makes me happy, so I will keep writing

I hope along the way I will again see some of that humanity and caring I witnessed online during the pandemic. Little things like the happiness of a cup of coffee shared virtually in TheCoffeeClub, or a collaborative celebration of a friend or colleague who does something awesome, regardless of how big or small. I hope to continue to see other developers writing more, so I can dedicate some of my time to enjoying their words.

Be safe. Be kind. Be mindful. Be happy. Self care. Write. Hugs.

I am the creator of and committer for the Eclipse Collections OSS project, which is managed at the Eclipse Foundation. Eclipse Collections is open for contributions.



Donald Raab

Java Champion. Creator of the Eclipse Collections OSS Java library ( Inspired by Smalltalk. Opinions are my own.