So, we all start things. Blogs have been hit or miss for me. There are some days where I have all of the words for all the the things and other days, not so much. Starting a blog sets up an expectation. There is now pressure added to my life.
I recently heard a podcast from Recode Decode where the guest was Evan Williams, a founder of Blogger, Twitter, and now Medium. He made an argument that there are many people with good ideas who do not want to blog everyday. There are good writers who can articulate their thoughts well but not on a routine basis. Perhaps they have a moment of clarity. An ah-ha that must be captured. A blog is not necessarily going to appeal to casual writers.
I am keeping this blog focused on technology. My background includes music and books, but technology has been a lifelong fascination for me, so let me talk about that.
My mother worked in tech as a network specialist, so I heard all about computers growing up. Our home always had laptops floating around. We had internet early on. I never needed to leave the house to print a document. Some of my earliest memories were playing floppy disk games on our little IBM. My mother swears I first learned to program as a kid. I remember being one of the fastest typers in my school. I remember building websites and configuring a local server on our mac at age 14 (or was it the neighbors mac?). IRC chatrooms and pp message boards were all the rage. The internet was blossoming.
I don’t remember having a dream of working with computers. They just seemed like tools to me. Tools that made creations, but nothing relevant to who I was in the year 2000. I wasn’t eager to build the next CRUD app. I wanted to perform in my band. I wasn’t dreaming of the next best consumer application. I wanted to party with my friends and spend long nights staring into space, pondering existence. We did not have a startup culture in Connecticut. No codecademy existed online yet. There were no hacker groups having meetups in Connecticut. Computers enabled very little of what I was doing. I just didn’t think I would enjoy working with them. I did not think I was intelligent enough anyway. This was the realm of super geeks!