As a tech blogger, I have always had an interest in technology. I love how fast-paced the industry moves and changes, and it is fascinating to see what people come up with next.

This blog post will be about my varied interests, such as software development, social media, personal growth, decentralized technology, etc. As you read this post, think of it as a road map for where the site will go in the future. I hope that it will clarify the direction of this blog and my future posts and give some insight into what topics I want to write about!

Buckle up. This is going to be a long post!

Software development

For most of my career, I've worked in IT operations. Job titles that I have held through the years include:

  • Network administrator
  • Systems administrator
  • Account support engineer
  • Business consultant
  • Middleware engineer

My recent roles have focused on middleware, working with application teams to automate compiling and deploying their web applications. Most of this work is "wash, rinse, and repeat." Over time, I have developed the skills necessary to deliver these solutions quickly, using tools like Python, Jenkins, and Ansible.

And once you've done a handful of pipelines, the work starts to look the same. I find myself wanting to solve a different set of problems. While I feel like I have a firm handle on programming with the Python language, I might want to return to Java. It's been a long time since I've used that language, and there have been a lot of changes since then.

I am also intrigued by some of the newer languages like Go and Rust. I have heard a lot of good things about both but never had the opportunity to learn them. Spending time understanding these languages could pay dividends in my career, or it might just be fun!

Social Media

I've been on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for years. I feel like I have never really fully unlocked their potential for building my platform.

When I first got on social media years ago, it was about keeping up with my friends and family. Now that our kids are getting bigger, most of my interactions online revolve around seeing pictures of their accomplishments or funny videos they send me through Facebook Messenger.

I could utilize social media in a much more effective manner. I have tried building a following on Facebook before, but it didn't go anywhere. Now, I am trying to focus more of my efforts on Twitter.

If someone took the time to follow me or send me a message, I would take the time to try and return that favor.

Personal Growth

As I have gotten older, I have become more of a believer in personal growth. I spend a lot of time reading books on leadership, goal setting, and building relationships.

Early in my career, I set a goal to work for one of the "big tech" firms within five years. It only took me four years and a couple of lucky breaks to work for Hewlett-Packard.

I also would like to spend more time reading and writing, and I feel that it's vital for me to express my thoughts and ideas coherently. Lately, I have been reading a lot about the Zettelkasten method of personal knowledge management. I hope that I can integrate this method with what I like to do, such as writing blog posts!

Decentralized technology

I think it's fascinating how quickly blockchain and distributed ledger technologies are gaining momentum. It seems like every day there is a new article about Bitcoin or Ethereum in mainstream media.

I don't know nearly enough about blockchain technology to start writing content on it. But, I would like to learn more about it to write an exciting blog post for my readers if the opportunity arises!

I'm sure that this technology and others like it can transform the world, especially the internet. I have been looking for ways to get more involved in the space, but I haven't seen anything that interests me yet.

Machine learning

Here's yet another buzzword that is all the rage. But, my interest in this area goes back to my college days when neural networks were beginning to take off. We didn't have sufficient computing resources to bring this technology to bear to solve real-world problems. Today, that's a different story. Anybody can do machine learning on their desktop.

My background in Python will be instrumental here. I am looking forward to learning and writing about the latest developments in machine learning and will probably share that with you, my readers.

Machine Learning is a prime area for me to contribute my thoughts on what's going on at the bleeding edge of technology! But, I don't want it to be all work either; there needs to be some fun too!

Conclusion

This post lays down a few subject areas that I'd like to spend some time exploring and getting your feedback on. I can't wait to get started.