Alfred's New Ramblings

Why I blog?

I was running the query in Google to see why should one blog. There were several answers to the question, from identifying with one’s tribe to the more existential ones like Sandhill Trek:

Herman Melville put it best when he said, “We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.” A perfect description of blogging, don’t you think?

What about me, why do I blog? Sometime in 2002, I was curious about the technology. Due to previous bad experience with a free web hosting company, I wanted the content to be on my own server. I spend my free time and a few stolen minutes to get it working. It was up for a while until I caught the security bug and tried to lock it down. Which of course broke it.

I set it aside until 2005 when I tried caught the blogging bug again. This time it did not like my ISP’s MySQL, that took some time to fix. Finally, after downloading a new version, here I am.

To answer the original question, I forced myself to blog to review the material I have covered for the ITIL modules. Consider it as a form of solidifying my learning. As my lecturer in Uni said, “You never really learn the material until you teach it.” So far I have clocked 1 post on Service Desk. Looks like it’s going to be another long road.

Along the way, I have found that it actually re-kindles my long-forgotten art of writing essays, in the world of corporate emails.

Another thing I have discovered is the sheer amount of time required just to write one post. To blog about a topic more than 4 paragraphs took me more than half an hour. I wonder what do those X times a day blogger do for a living to commit so much time blogging. So far I am clocking like 3 to 5 days once. So it is not surprising, I can’t be bothered with Technorati’s rankings.




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