Hello and welcome to the first post for the Experienced Developer blog. I couldn’t believe this domain was open so I snagged it. You see, I am and experience developer. I have been writing software in various organizations and companies since 1997. A lot has changed in the world of software development, but also a lot remains the same. I hope to cover these topic and more on my blogging journey.
Why Am I Starting a blog now?
For the last year I have been building websites for Lawyers and law firms. Needless to say I am a little burned out. I am believe that a blog will help provide a way for me to activate a different part of my brain, help me think, help me become more present in my life.
The truth is I have had many blogs and many websites. My old blog tomprinty.com is now just a personal branding website, resume contact information etcetera . It used to be a place that I posted about all kinds of wierd stuff. Now Twitter and Facebook fill the void for snarky quick posts. For longer forms of communications and idea sharing a Blog/Site still makes the most sense. So I am starting to blog to focus on and share interesting concepts about modern software development as well as share my experience of running a boutique software development company. I might even talk about some start-up ideas I am working on.
This blog will also give me a place to test my ideas and expand my knowledge of growing and maintaining a web based community. You see, I believe there are a lot of developers out there that want to know how to keep up to date and how to maintain their career. I am hoping that through sharing what I have done that I can inspire and learn from others.
Where do I get my inspiration?
I have been reading many blogs for a long time. Here are my list of people that I currently watch.
Pat Flyn Smart Passive Income (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com) I have watched this guy since he started. He has grown his blog to an impressive community and he shares everything and has some impressive revenue.
John Sonmez Simple Programmer (https://simpleprogrammer.com) I have been reading John for the last year. His online blogging course is what actually prompted me to seriously think about doing this blog thing again. I forgot that a blog could be used as a tool to get your next client or Gig.
John Biggs (http://bigwidelogic.com/) John and I went to high school together. We lost touch during college but I have talked with him off and on in the last year. Through his example of writing for various tech journals, has also inspired me to write. He set a goal of 500 words a day. I hope I can make it. I don’t think I will write 11,000 blog posts but who know just maybe I will.
I have read many more blogs in the past but these are two that keep coming back to time and again.
What Do I hope to accomplish?
My immediate goal is to start doing something different a couple time a week. My days are mostly email and meetings and code. The blog will give me a time to focus on my thoughts and cover a single topic. I hope to develop a rhythm for posting that makes sense to me.
Over time I would like to build a community around this blog and extend it into something else. This summer will be a transitional time in my career and would like to use this space to help explore the change. As I mentioned previously I am a bit burned out. The last year I have built a lot of websites but they were pretty much all the same and really lost sight of why I went into business for myself. Now that it is May I hope to change that and refocus myself for the last part of the year.
So join me, won’t you? Let’s start this journey together.
If there is a specific topic that you want to know more about please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you want to know about.