The RationaleWhat is this blog all about? Well it is certainly going to have a technical slant to it, I work in IT and that is what I spend most of my days thinking about; however I do expect some non-technical things to creep in every now and again. From time to time I settle on a specific subject or idea and I feel compelled to start jotting things down on paper before the pictures fade away. This is not to say that the things I think about are particularly innovative or compelling but I definitely see a value in putting things down so that I can examine them later, even if it is just to look back and laugh.
The MotivationWhat made me finally create a blog? In a word: Unemployment. In early 2008 I left my job to go work for a start-up company in the financial services industry. As it turns out 2008 was a bad year for the industry (especially for start-ups) so I was out of a Job by Christmas. This gave me an abundance of time to get up to speed with the latest and greatest in the tech world, but left me with no co-workers to share my theories with.
The SoftwareThese days most people seem to be using Wordpress.org (software), Wordpress.com (hosted), Blogger (by Google) or Tumblr (if you are hip).
The non-hosted version of Wordpress was immediately ruled out because I didn't want to deal with the hassle of managing comment spam or software updates. Tumblr was ruled out because it requires a 3rd party just to enable commenting (I guess I am not hip).I ended up settling on Blogger because Wordpress.com doesn't let me use my own domain name unless I pay $10/yr (not much money, but it is still more of a hassle).
Getting started was pretty straight forward and the tools work pretty well. I think it is time Blogger did a redesign though (both in terms of templates and the overall site), Wordpress.com looks so much cleaner and more professional that I was seriously considering paying for it based on looks alone.