Well “Hello World” indeed.  I’ve written my fair share of “Hello World” applications (or should that be “Apps” nowadays) and so I appreciate the way WordPress offers that as my first post title.

I’ve felt pressured to start blogging for some time now, I even half attempted it a while ago with my first personal website but I never really had the time or subject matter.  That being said, I’ve read a few blogs over the years and can see the attraction to some people; not that I share the attraction.  I’ve always tended to share the view of the de-motivational poster – “Blogging: Never Before Have So  Many People with So Little to Say Said So Much to So Few”

That rule doesn’t always apply. My Father is a prolific blogger on both a personal and professional basis. He has a good number of followers with whom he shares anecdotes and professional information. This itself is no surprise to me, my Father has always been one for keeping a journal; early trips to Europe are no doubt still recorded in those notebooks with either a red cover or that kind of blue marble effect cover that I never seem to see anymore.

For myself I’ve often remarked, to those who suggest I write a blog, that I have very little to say to the world; let alone anything of worth. My grammatical education was as poor as any other attendee of my Secondary School (starting in 1986) with a C in GCSE English Language and what prose I do squeeze out tends to ramble off at odd tangents (excepting those cases where I exert a great effort of will).

I struggle to even select a single topic on which to write a blog – and yet (here’s the crux of this whole post) when I do select a topic, I find myself suddenly of an opinion that can be shared. As personal as that opinion may be, I reflect on other opinions I have held and find that some of them may be of use to somebody.

At the time of writing I am a 34 years old IT Manager with Type 1 (or maybe it’s Type 2 – the Specialists change their minds frequently) Diabetes and almost 14 years experience in the fields of: Business/Systems Analysis, Relational Database Design, Object Oriented Programming, Data Mining and Enterprise System Support. In my time I’ve operated as a code monkey, had code monkeys operate under me, designed new systems, migrated existing systems and even operated a full on software support desk. And that’s just the day job!

The blog-worthy material from my technical life could probably fuel a whole site of its own. Why should it end there though? I mean if nobody reads it then nobody reads it – no harm no foul.

After dark (office hours aren’t what they used to be) I have worn so many hats that, the more I think about it, the more ridiculous it seems to me that I haven’t turned to blogging as a means of tracking all the hats. Maybe 7 years ago (or more) I used to post on a paranormal research forum, I’ve had a lot to say on that and a great many other subjects

There you have it, I’m convinced that it may well be worth having a go at blogging. I will hold back my doubts and treat it as an exercise in personal exorcism; if I can offload my opinions here then maybe I’ll free up brain space for new things.


One thought on “Blogging

  1. Well done Ben. Welcome to the party.

    The blue marbled notebooks are still available and are a blog-worthy in themselves (how sad is that?)

    and yes .. I still note holidays. But no longer on paper. I now blog my holidays. I think the address is but there are many – I scatter blogs willy nilly 🙂

    I like it that you have decided not to specialise as I prefer the rough and tumble of oddity blogs.

    Good luck

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