Every project needs documentation. If you don't document it, you don't get to count it as a completed project!
Ideally projects would have:
- A webpage with photos and the "why"
- An edited YouTube video
- Written notes about non-obvious aspects of the project, what you did, and how you did it.
You should be able to use this info to do the project again a year later, with minimal re-learning. Text files, markdown, HTML, sketches, etc. should be collected in one place, and ideally it's publicly accessible!
Before starting a project, take a few minutes to think about what kind of documentation the project deserves. Consider:
- video recording
- screencast / recording a reflection on the work
- social media posts
- digital or physcial drawings
- 3D models
- shareable plans
After the project, do a quick retrospective. Capture thoughts prompted by questions like these:
- Why did you do the project? Was it successful?
- Do you like it?
- What would you improve or do differently next time?
Not all projects deserve complete documentation. But all projects deserve some documentation. A photograph at the very least!