Monthly Archives: January 2004

Tracking blogs in business

I just received my Jan/Feb 2004 issue of Business 2.0 in today’s mail and was pleased to read John Battelle’s article, Why Blogs Mean Business. It’s posted on his “Searchblog” here. Tomorrow the highlighted full page hardcopy will be posted on my office window. Seriously! I’m in the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) business. If blogs and their syndication aren’t about content, then what is.

Signs that your sabbatical is over

In no particular order:

  • It’s been 11 days since your last blog entry.
  • After teaching him how to make coffee every morning, your son decides to play with Mr. Coffee after realizing that something is missing in his morning routine.
  • Your work email address and phone number have been rediscovered by your olleagues…and exploited (er, leveraged).
  • There are 175 flagged items in your news aggregator that deserve to be re-read, thought about and blogged.
  • The TODO list for your web site/blog is getting out of hand. (Having said that, that’s the one thing I have tried to manage since my last post–the design and functionality here. Most recently intra-site search has been implemented, leveraging Google. I’m also hoping the new table-based, columnar layout is more usable by folks with smaller monitors or monitors running at a lower resolution. Not everyone has a 20 flat panel running at a pixel resolution of 1600×1200–or has to squint on occasion if they did.)

Giraffes are tall…elephants are big…

Giraffes are tall

Elephants are big

Postponed by our flues, we finally made it to the Oakland Zoo this afternoon–our first trip there as a family. It’s a great place for kids; my son certainly took to it. In addition to a number of areas teeming with animals to see from a distance, there is a kids petting zoo and a rides area.

Close-up on the carousel

Our son, Speed Racer, especially enjoyed driving a Corvette-like car on one of the rides. The carousel was fun too–enough to ride it once with Dad and turn right around to ride again with Mom. A Family Membership is definitely worth considering if you live near the zoo.

The greater San Francisco bay area is full of great family outings and we’re looking forward to visiting them as soon as my son can enjoy them.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

As with a lot of things made for kids, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss resonated today with this adult.

  • The choice is yours (e.g. glass half full or half empty, waiting or doing).
  • Knowledge doesn’t imply action; be a doer and not just a hearer.
  • “It’s opener there in the wide open air.”
  • With openness comes opportunity for both reward and disappointment…and both are likely to occur.
  • Tides and waves are natural–fighting either is essentially a waste of energy and doing nothing will often land you far from where you want to be. So learn how to surf, in a manner of speaking.
  • Leading today doesn’t mean leading tomorrow.
  • Being your best does’t necessarily mean being the best.
  • “…Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.”
  • Avoid “The Waiting Place.” Instead, seize each day.
  • “There is fun to be done!” Know the difference between a life and a living.
  • “Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.”

Buy the book; I did. The story isn’t the same without the great pictures.

Update 12/1/2008: For more of my book reviews and to see what else is in my book library (i.e. just the business-related or software-related non-fiction therein), please visit my Books page.

Last day of freedom

Tomorrow I return to full-time life as a software architect (er, craftsman) after having enjoyed a nearly eight week long sabbatical. (Thanks, Documentum!) My original vision of life on sabbatical didn’t come to pass, largely because it was developed before my son arrived on the scene. However, that doesn’t mean that reality was less than fantasy. Actually, being able to spend such a large amount of time getting to know his personality was priceless.

Driving on a Street Near You
  • I will miss waking up to the sound of my son clanging pots and pans in the kitchen downstairs.
  • I’ll miss the sound of my son’s giggle as he pulls the covers I’m hiding under and his innocent prodding to get me out of bed.
  • I’ll miss seeing my son’s face light up to the phrase, Let’s go make coffee. It just won’t be the same turning on the coffee pot at work alone…
  • I’ll miss the regular trips to the park and seeing my son faithfully launch himself off the top of the slide (and being caught by his Dad, of course).
  • I’ll miss the frequency of playing with my son and my wife –especially seeing him gleefully flee to her at the sound of “Is it a bear?” and “I’m going to get you…”
  • I’ll miss the frequency of seeing my son drive our car. (I can’t say that I’ll miss having to reset the blinkers, wipers and every other button and knob on the dashboard, though.)

Of course, my sabbatical was not centered on just my son. It was great being able to go do whatever, whenever with my family, although, in truth, we didn’t get out and about as much as we’d planned to due family illnesses.

I’ve learned a lot about blogging infrastructure by essentially doing everything manually. I did the same thing when I first learned COM–creating my own framework before leveraging ATL, etc. Given the professional results in the COM (then .NET) space, I’m hopeful that I can find the time to build a true weblog engine next–being fully aware that there are several already freely available.

Stay tuned…