A while ago I packaged up my emacs configuration for the world to see/use and I'm pretty proud of this thing: it works well out of the box, it's super minimal and speedy, and has all of the features. I don't think it's the right solution for everyone, but I think there are a case of users for whom this configuration makes sense. I've definitely also benefited a lot for thinking about this "configuration" as a software project at least in terms of keeping things organized and polished and reasonably well tested. It's a good exercise.

Historically, I've used my emacs configuration ans as a sort of "fun side project" and while I tried to avoid spending too much time tweaking various things, it did feel like the kind of thing that was valuable (given how much time I spend in a text editor,) without being too distracting. Particularly, early in the pandemic, or during periods over the summer when I was between jobs.

Then, I put the configuration in a public repo, and I basically haven't made any meaningful changes since then. One part of this is clearly that I put a lot of time into polishing things in the initial push to get it released, and there haven't been many bugs that have inspried any kind of major development effort. Another part is that, the way I use an editor isn't really changing. I'm writing code and English and using a couple of applications (e.g. email and org-mode) within emacs, but I'm not really (often) adding new or different kinds of work, and while this isn't exacting from a blogging perspective* it is exciting from a "things just work perspective."

I have refered to myself as a degenerate emacs user. I've sometimes said unrepentant, but I think it's basically the same. I've also realized that, given that I've basically been using emacs the same way since 2008 or so, I'm kind of an old timer, even if it doesn't much feel like that, and there are lots of folks with longer histories.

I think I used care more about what tools other people used to edit text, even a couple of years ago, I thought that having good initial configuration and better out of the box experiences for emacs would lead to more people using emacs, which would be cool because they'd get to use a cool piece of software and we'd get more emacs users.

Increasingly, however, while I think emacs is great and people should use it, I'm less concerned: people should use what they want, and I think there will always be a enough people here and there who want to use emacs and that's good enough for me. I think having good out of the box experiences are important, but it's not a one-size fits all kind of situation. I also think that VS Code is pretty great software, and I like a lot of the implications for remote editing, even if I'm not particularly interested in it for myself.

Enjoy the repo, and let me know if there's anything terrible about it. I've been getting back into blogging recently, and have started tweaking a few things about the ways I use computers/emacs, mostly in terms of exploring tmux (hah!) and also considering avoiding GUI emacs entirely. Stay tuned if you're interested!