Well it finally happened. First it was a subtle hint, “we’re giving you all blogs in case you ever want to start blogging!” Next came the slightly less subtle hints, “Hey! That would make a good blog post!” And finally, I was just plain called out by my boss, “Now if we can just get Chris, Nate and Alex blogging.” To paraphrase Wyatt Earp, they called down the thunder, and now they’ve got it- my first foray into the blogosphere.
Unfortunately for me, an important step in creating a blog is writing a first post, and who really knows how to do that? Well, according to Google, and more specifically, this dude who blogged about how to write your first blog post, I’m supposed to start with who I am, why I’m blogging, what I’ll be blogging about, and something else that I can’t really remember. Oh, and I’m supposed to have pictures, too. Sounds good. Anyway, I’ll get to that stuff in a sentence or so, but since most of the content on here will be programming related, I wanted to first point out how nice it is to know that thanks to that guy, blogs are apparently self compiling now. Wonderful.
Okay, now that I have all of that out of the way, let’s start the show:
(Showing some school spirit. I’m the guy with the maize shirt and the open mouth…)
Who am I?
For this blog, the parts that might matter are that I’m a Software Consultant at SRT Solutions, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan (Go blue!), and that I’ve got a passion for software development. I’m a measly 21 years of age, and the bulk of my development right now is done in C#. As far as languages go, I love C/C++ (much to the dismay of my coworkers), but I also like playing around with other languages (Python, Ruby, Java, Lisp, etc.) as well. I’m very close with my family, I love video games (big surprise), and I’m a Detroit sports fan (especially the Wings).
(Serious pictures aren’t really my forte.)
Why am I blogging?
Reason 1: Shameless Self Promotion (A.K.A. self branding/social media/marketing)
This one should be obvious; after all, you’re reading a blog. I’d wager that most blogs with any sort of readership have at least started out as some good old fashioned shameless self promotion- and for good reason, too. Blogging is a great, easy way to help strengthen your personal brand, and there’s nothing wrong with that. In my case, it also has the benefit of marketing for the company I work for, which makes my bosses happy, so it’s basically a win-win situation.
Reason 2: Peer Pressure (A.K.A. respect and commitment to my coworkers)
Hey, I’m man enough to admit that a good chunk of why I decided to start blogging now was because all but a few of my coworkers decided to do it. It also doesn’t hurt that there really isn’t any good reason NOT to join them. And yes, if everybody was jumping off a bridge, I WOULD follow them (assuming that it was a really, really short drop).
(Okay, one halfway serious one for the road.)
What am I blogging about?
Whatever the heck I want to blog about. That being said, most of the content is probably going to be focused on software development since, after all, this blog is hosted by SRT Solutions. Aside from software, we’ll see as time goes on. I’m probably twice as knowledgeable about video games as I am about software development, and there is a little bit of synergy between video games and software development, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see my vice manifest itself here from time to time. Other than that, who knows. Build it and they will come, I suppose.
So there you have it, my first blog entry. Let me know what you think about it!