Well, it’s time for the first post. I ran a tech oriented blog a couple of years ago, and I really enjoyed it. I was getting 100-200 visits a day, a lots of emails a comments asking for help. The blog’s focus was on technology solutions, and I was really granular with it- taking screen shots of software setup and troubleshooting in step-by-step guides. While this was successful in my eyes, it ended up becoming too much work. I often found myself at work, delaying the fix for a problem in order to blog about it. Well this was not ethical for one, and second it actually made my job harder and I got less work done. So I stopped blogging, and rode the blog out until the end of the hosting, at which time it was abandoned. If you do a search for it now all of the posts are gone, which is fine by me.
I still work in the same business professionally, and troubleshoot things all day long. I suppose I could follow my old pattern and begin to post about new technology and problems. I do tend to lean towards the innovative side of tech, and often find myself putting products into production before there is even documentation on them. I did such a thing recently with Windows Server 2012 virtual machine hosted on Hyper-V 2012 running Exchange 2013 in an Exchange 2010 environment. I think people would have great interest in learning what went wrong, how I did things, and how they could repeat them.I may in fact tailor posts like what I mentioned above, but that is not going to be the main focus of this blog.
The primary reason for this blog is to drive traffic to my design site, and to increase the number of requests I get for websites. I am consistently getting work as things are, but there is always room for more websites on my plate. With that said, I am going to blog about design items. There is inherently a problem with this… the fact that I am not a design expert is first and foremost. I often find myself crawling other people’s blogs to help myself in the design process. I am not going to let this deter me, as I do think that I have a unique way of developing my sites under Drupal and on Windows, and I know there are other “just starting out” or “novice” Windows web developers that would like to hear what I do, how I use the tools I use, and how work flows.
This blog will be a little dry- mostly because I am not a fan of blogs, blogging, or your average blogger. I think that hipsters should find a different way to express their creativity or sensitivity. I know that is a stereotype, and I apologize if you are a hipster, or creative, or sensitive, or a blogger. As I am writing this, a though is flashing in my head along the lines of "Who reads blogs anyways!?" As soon as I think about it, I realize that I do, daily. Tech blogs, design blogs, help blogs, product support blogs- you name it and I am reading it. Maybe blogs aren't so bad.
I am also going to blog about other things, one of which I am excited about is the Lenovo Yoga Hackintosh I built. I am not going to blog the process, more than I am going to put all of the tools, kext’s, and utilities in one place. I am sort of dreading this at the same time, because this is going to take quite a long time gathering all of the information together.
I will eventually get my wife to blog about some design things such as inspiration gathering and how to turn around logo’s and designs that a client will love.