Writing about stuff, 2018 edition

So about every few years, I get the notion that I should write about stuff. It’s been a few years since the last time I tried to do this, so it seemed like a good idea to try again!

One of my problems has always been too many interests — I’m a technologist by trade, a game designer/programmer for fun, and an aspiring author (of many unwritten books & screenplays). My wife (infamously now) challenged me to pick something and finish it, so I then proceeded to spend more than five years on my lifelong dream of creating and publishing a video game (side note, she probably learned her lesson about challenging me to do things). Seriously though, there are literally so many things I’d like to do with my spare time that often I end up just playing video games and then don’t accomplish anything worthwhile. Not that there is anything wrong with video games; they provide a source of fun and stress relief, which is great, sometimes, but I want something more.

So, I’ve decided to hone my writing skills by starting a personal blog, again (my old blog is mostly lost due to a hosting mishap; I have all the source, but it would be too much work to recover it). I have some vague notions of what I would like to accomplish:

  • Share some things I have learned as a technologist over the last 15–20 years (holy crap I’m getting old!). I have been privileged to work with some of the best people in the field, IMO, and I have learned a lot from them, and perhaps I can share some of that, and it’s useful to people.
  • Practice getting my message across. To get better at anything, you have to practice. And the only way to get better at written prose is to actually, you know, *write* some prose.
  • Maybe (?) share some fiction stuff. On my old blog, I would write very short stories. Some of these (again, IMO) were pretty good. Maybe I’ll do some new stuff, or recycle some of my old content on this new platform.

I’m thinking I’ll focus on the first thing; sharing some of what I have learned, and some of my opinions on technology, agile, building software, managing teams, and navigating the world of technology at a retail organization. Should be fun!