Monday, February 9, 2009


After working in IT for more than 10 years (if you count college), most of which was spent in web development, I have finally created a blog.

The Rationale

What 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 Motivation

What 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 Software

These days most people seem to be using (software), (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 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), looks so much cleaner and more professional that I was seriously considering paying for it based on looks alone.


Nesta said...

Welcome to the world of digital ejaculation my friend.

Marc Richards said...

Uh...ok. I am going to go ahead and assume that you were using the more archaic definition of the word.

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