What to say?

Attaching your real name to a statement of any kind and putting it up into public space is a brave and daunting undertaking.

(You see stories in the news about people getting fired for stuff they put up on their social web, etc. Not always for doing something supremely idiotic. It gives one pause.)

The site serves as a place for me to play and experiment, as well as to show off what I’m capable of doing.

Accordingly, I’ll be blogging here about stuff as it pertains to my profession, which at the moment primarily is web development. I do other things in IT, too: server administration, user support, a little programming, and so on. So you might expect from time to time that I’ll be posting here on those topics as well. I expect at times I may also have things to post about general business, or “soft” topics like the software development lifecycle, and stuff going on in “the industry”.

I won’t be posting much anything of a personal nature here. So this is probably going to be fairly dry reading unless you happen to be interested in highly technical topics.

Obviously, I want my blog to be interesting, and I want people to want to read it. But I’m not going to write highly opinionated pieces intended to agitate and provoke a response.

On the other hand, I don’t expect that people will always agree with what I have to say, or that they’ll like it. I like to use clear, bold, vivid language, and have come to accept that at times this can cause people to take offense. This is seldom, if ever, my intent, but it is often an outcome.

Rather than try to please everyone (or at least not offend them), I have recognized that it is a good thing to speak clearly and to say what you mean, and accept what comes of it. “Playing politics” is a reality, but it should not cause “real” reality to become subservient to it.

Also, I don’t expect that I’ll always be right about what I say. Just because I express an opinion doesn’t mean that I’m committed to defending it to my death. One of the best things about communication is that it affords us with opportunities to learn. Learning quite often means learning that we were wrong about something.

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