For a couple of years, I was in the habit of blogging very regularly because I enjoyed the writing outlet, the challenge of learning new things, and the feedback and discussion of other ways to solve similar problems. It was a great way to start getting to know a lot of great people in the Yellowverse. (A little healthy competition with Mark Roden and Kathy Brown certainly didn’t hurt.)
But life has gotten extremely busy (as it is wont to do with a large family) and the time just hasn’t been there to keep it up. Time has passed so quickly that I haven’t even kept up with Twitter or reading blogs.
Now that the schedule is back into a groove after the holidays — and with Connect quickly approaching — I’m itching to plug back in and get back to contributing to the community.
The good news is that the ideas haven’t stopped flowing. I’m still working with the great (and growing!) team of XPages/Web developers (and Marky) at PSC and have continued to enjoy interesting and challenging projects that have provided lots of interesting problems to solve. Every time I’ve come across something that might be good fodder for a post, I made note of it so I wouldn’t forget. While recently organizing my workspace, I went through somewhere north of 50 sticky notes all over my screens and desk and consolidated them into a document full of potential blog topics.
So, here we go again! I’m breaking the ice, hitting the reset button, getting back in the saddle, and giving it 110%. With apologies to LL Cool J, don’t call it a comeback.
Last week was a whirlwind. It was my second time at Lotusphere/Connect, but it was vastly different from the first time. As I reflect on the conference and the year leading up to it, I’m blown away at how it was an amazing experience just because I decided to start sharing my thoughts and ideas on a blog.
Within a year, blogging opened the door for me to share on NotesIn9, write for The VIEW journal, and speak at conferences and webinars, culminating in the great honors of both speaking at Connect for the first time and being named an IBM Champion.
All of that says a lot about this great community. It is not a closed group seeking to keep others out. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Many well-known bloggers and IBM Champions are more than willing to send the elevator back down and help you, because someone helped them at some point. (I can verify this from experience because at least a half dozen IBM Champions encouraged me to get started.) And once you connect online or in person, they are very welcoming.
David Leedy will not only (strongly!) encourage you to share, but he’ll go a step beyond that and provide a forum for a lot of people to hear you. If you’re not blogging yet, read and then re-read this post from Mark Roden (including the comments) and be encouraged to get started.
There is already a diverse group of great bloggers already contributing to the community, but I have no doubt that there are many, many more future bloggers who have great ideas to share.
Write down what you know and shared it — we’ll all benefit!