It seemed so long ago when I first starting blogging. A number of other writers had reached the five year mark in their blogs and I can remember being very impressed. “There is no way I’ll be blogging for that long” I thought to myself. Five years is both a very long time, and a brief instance in one’s life, it is funny how time can seem so contradictory.
years actually came last year -- I had blogged a full year at another
site before I switched over to Blogger and renamed the blog. At that
time I was contemplating the type of post I should write. Should it be
funny? I’ve never been able to get my sense of humor to come out
correctly in writing (I am actually funny, it just doesn’t translate
well). Should I write another of those rants on the ills of the software
industry? We’re an immature industry, which drives me nuts, but there
doesn’t seem to be much on the near horizon to be able to change that.
Perhaps I should reflect on the sorry state of discussions in the
Internet? Rude, stupid and mean often combine to interrupt the necessary
flow of communication, but I do have a sense that slowly that is
breaking; that once all of the newness diminishes, we may actually get
down to sorting out the mess our world has become. So what then?
took up writing because I tried to write a book but then soon realized
that I had no real understanding of how to communicate my thoughts in
ways that were readable. I had managed to get well into my late thirties
without writing anything more than a few pages. I had always known that
you don’t really understand something until you can explain it to
others, and that verbal conversations doesn’t really allow for you to go
deep into a body of knowledge. After a rather productive period back
then, I had acquired a new sense of how to build things, but still
lacked the ability to share that knowledge. So off I went, continuously
stumbling, in the hopes that I could somehow make a difference.
days I’m no longer so keen on changing our industry. I tend to write
for myself, to clarify my own perspectives and to help me tie together the
vast stream of loose ends I’ve accumulated over a long, and sometimes
painful career. That leads me towards my interests, whether or not they
are popular or desired, but I am happier now with what I am saying and
slowly I think I’ve managed to improve the way I am saying it. Writing
in this fashion is an excellent way to learn to clarify one’s knowledge
and I’d easily recommend that more people pursue it. Fame and fortune
won’t be yours, but there is a tremendous amount of growth and
satisfaction that come from being able to see how you are progressing in
your pursuit of wisdom. We only get better as when we acquire more
knowledge, and it is far tougher to turn a stream of facts into really
deep understanding than most people realize. Maybe when I get to my ten
year post I’ll have something more enlightening to share ...