Blogging

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 Despair.com 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.

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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 http://dsugdenholidays.wordpress.com 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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