Today I Learned (TIL)

I write short, timely write-ups on things I learn, to promote “learning in public”.

Recent TILs (all)

You can browse all my TILs, and there’s a feed of my TILs for your feedreader.

What is a TIL?

One way I “learn in public” is by posting short write-ups on things I learn. I try to post them relatively soon after I learn the thing. I try to include enough detail that they’re useful to other people.

TILs do not represent the full depth of my thinking on a topic. They are not nuanced deep-dives, explaining potential tradeoffs about every possible situation. They haven’t passed heavy technical or editorial review.

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Why “TIL”, though?

I was inspired by Simon Willison. Originally, TIL was short for “today, I learned”. However, “things I’ve learned” is probably a better backronym.

Nifty. How’d you do this?

Right now, these are WordPress posts. I rigged up a little bit of code and styling to add some features, like:

  • there is a list of TIL posts per tag
  • each group of TIL posts, like the chronological and tag-based groups, has an index at the top
  • each TIL post in a group has a “Back to Index” link
  • the tag list on each TIL post links to the TIL tag group, not the site-wide tag group

There are things I want to add, like a little TIL explanation/disclaimer to the lists of posts and to the individual posts.

A blocker to public release, however, is figuring out how I want to handle pagination on the big TIL lists. Let me know if you have any thoughts!