I haven’t posted anything here in over a year. I have been struggling for a while in general with writing, I seem to have simply lost interest in it. But on reflection I was trying to work out why this urge to write has left me, and I am not entirely sure that I know.

It probably isn’t one thing only that caused this change but possibly a number of smaller things, in no particular order, that combined for this to happen. In some respects the frontend field is moving too fast and it is hard to keep up and I wonder if I gave up trying, which is fine, you can’t know everything.

It also seems to me that if you are not shoving everything into JavaScript these days then no-one wants to hear what you have to say. I am more interested in keeping a separation of concerns: writing semantic and accessible HTML, caring about how you name your CSS class names and the like. People don’t seem to care about this anymore, thinking that there is not much to learn about HTML, using the latest and greatest JavaScript framework is all that matters.

People seem to forget that JavaScript frameworks tend to disappear over time (some quicker than others), but HTML and CSS have remained and learning them should be a priority rather than an afterthought.

Even though, thankfully, accessibility seems to be more in people’s minds these days, they still don’t want to learn HTML properly. Everyone is in too much of a rush to do things by halves and use the latest stuff that’s “in”, without asking if they should.

And regardless of whether you write everything in JavaScript or not, you still need to know how to write HTML, there is no getting away from it, and yet, there is little interest. I guess it’s not cool enough.

If your expertise is in HTML, no-one cares, it is deemed as “too easy” by people who can’t tell the difference between an <a>, a <button>, or a <span> with a click handler.

It is tiring.

For these reasons (and more I am sure) I often couldn’t think of anything to write about or when I tried and started something, I quickly gave up and deleted them. I will try to write more in the future, but it is difficult. Perhaps will be different, although I think I said that last year too. Only time will tell how long this tiredness will last.