Category A new start
Its time to post again - I don't know that I have more to say than I did in my past forays into the on-line world, but there is some cathartic about putting thoughts and feeling “on paper” – by now, I expect that no one expects to see anything in this journal so for a while I have it all to myself – I can write without worrying about who is reading or what they might think.
To be honest – I don’t think I have posted anything for so many months because I am just tired of writing about technology. Certainly I make my living from technology and interest is certainly not lacking, but more and more I realize that technology is about making life easier and better and that I often focus on the technology and forget about the life that I am supposed to be living.
Part of the problem with a journal that is related to your work is that when things are going well it is easy to write interesting posts bragging about accomplishments and touting great successes. When things go wrong, when customers are difficult, when projects are poorly conceived and managed, postings about these faults can have some serious negative impact.
It seems that I always make an attempt to start writing again every year about this time, which in part is the result of my reading everyone’s postings from Lotusphere. After almost 20 years of working with Notes and Domino I am still wildly enthusiastic about the product and think it is a product that is vastly underutilized and often misunderstood. However, I have lost some of my “fight” over the years. While I admire many of my peers that are out in the trenches and on message about the product every day, I have reached the point where I have tired of being an evangelist – I still think that Domino is more often than not the right solution but I am tired of dragging horses to water.
My inspiration at the moment comes from my son – he is also a technologist, but he writes about food. when I asked him about this, his simple answer was, “I spend all day with computers – why would I want to write about them? Cooking is much more intersting after the work day is over” I’m going to try for a while to explore some non-technology topics, or maybe just talk about my thoughts and experiences for a while and try to focus on things other than technology. (but I would be naive to think I can ignore it completely).
So, no promises that I will be any better at creating entries than I have been in the past – here goes……