After years of valiant resistance, I've finally gone and done the blog thing. And here you are.
Throwing a blog together has been a big step for me. Although I enjoy spending time hanging out on various forums and helping out where I can, I'm generally not a very social-networky kinda guy. I've never created a MySpace page. Ditto FaceBook. And as far as I'm concerned, Twitter is something birds do outside my bedroom window way too GD early in the morning. I just don't think anyone is all that interested in my private thoughts, my ever-changing moods, or my favorite band.
EDIT 5/23/2009: As you can see, I've caved on the Twitter thing too, so now you can follow me. Or not. Whatever.
Also, I'm just naturally resistant to anything that looks faddish, trendy, or flavor-of-the-month. "Everybody's doing it" is never a good reason to do anything, and for me, it's usually a reason not to do something. For the longest time, I figured blogging was just that -- a fad. A lark. The Hula-Hoop of the Interweb. Okay, so I was way out in left field on that one. Who knew blogging would ever really catch on? What's next -- the Web on cell phones? Holy cow, I better trade up that Ericsson from 2001.
Oh, and one more thing -- maintaining a good blog is a major time-suck. I read a lot of blogs from other .NET dudes, and the best ones appear to put a crazy amount of time and energy into them. And I, for one, am glad they do it. I cannot tell you how many times I've stumbled upon a blog post from some lonely code jockey, laboring thanklessly out in cyberspace, that gave me great insights into solving whatever problem I was having at the time. Whenever that happens, I always leave a short comment thanking them for their efforts, and for making the community a better place.
And I guess, after all, that's why I'm doing this. I cannot tell you how many times I've come up with something cool and said to myself, "Self, If I had a blog, I'd definitely put this up on it." No developer alone can ever know everything, but I bet I know some things that you don't, and vice versa. By sharing our knowledge, we make the .NET community a better place.
I know I've taken more than my fair share out. I guess it's about time I give back what little I can.
About this photograph
I'm usually not this surly, but this one was taken about 2 AM under the awning of a closed convenience store after riding a motorcycle through about six hours of torrential rain on the way back to Decatur, IL from Memphis, TN on a Fourth of July weekend. Talk about your bad hair days.
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