It’s Memorial Day and I’m finally getting around to building this here digital homestead. I’ve long thought about it, but only recently felt motivation and the pull. That seems promising. So, besides thanking American service men and women and their families for their sacrifice on this day, I should talk a little about what I hope to accomplish here at the ranch.
Considering the odds of keeping up a blog are squarely stacked against most of us, I’m attempting to keep things as lightweight as possible. But you see, that’s gonna be tough for me because…I’m a tweaker. And a fiddler. (Not that kind of fiddler, though that’d be sweet.) And a recovering perfectionist. Sometimes accused of idealism. And I love to try and squeeze every ounce of friction and inefficiency out of a process. Hopefully I can control my urges and mainly just write.
My initial approach to content will be to describe challenges and solutions involving a wide spectrum of information technology from my professional and personal life. Since 1987 I’ve been helping the worlds of nonprofit, higher education and small business leverage technology. During the first half of the 2000’s I was also at a giant telecom where I worked with over a hundred companies (of all sizes) trying to better communicate, collaborate and serve their customers. I’m a gadget geek and love discussing the web, workflow, productivity, tips and tricks. I believe in using great tools and the right one for the job at hand. Not afraid to admit it: technology gets me excited!
While I may experiment with the wallpaper and drapes, my main design goal is clean and simple, focusing on, yup, the content. Hopefully most of you are using the fantastic Reeder (or another RSS client) and arrive here only by link or search so you’ll rarely see the site’s design. There’s no doubt, though, that design plays a central role in usability and one cannot ignore it.
Of course, evolution can take things in unexpected directions, so I will be open and “trust the process.” Here’s to an interesting and useful journey! Hope you will join me for all or part of the ride.