To blog or not to blog?
...that is the question
Do I have anything to contribute to society? Does any blog have anything to contribute to society?
Over the years as a web developer and an IT professional, I like many others have come to rely on blogs for the answers to questions such as "why does this not work?" and "what causes this?". Without the experiences of others, finding answers to difficult questions would be a lot more painful.
Sometimes however I just can't find the answer online and have to spend a considerable amount of time figuring it out. This leaves me with a sense of guilt, a guilt that I know an answer that perhaps many others don't? Maybe its an answer someone just like me is frantically searching for? The only way to resolve this guilt is like the other bloggers, to put back something into the community.
Will I have enough information to make this blog useful? Who knows but there's only one way to find out...
After deciding that 'yes I should make a blog' I set about designing my very own blog engine. Some of you are probably sitting there thinking "Why not just use an existing one, is he mad?", well quite probably but that's not why I wrote my own engine...
My reasons are simple; if I write the engine myself I am in total control. I can do exactly what I want, how I want, without any limitations and the end product will be just that little bit more unique and special. Additionally setting up my own blog system is generally a good exercise for me to do; not only for my brain but also because as I progress through the development I am adding to my collection of function libraries which I then re-use in other projects taken on by my web design company NeonHorizon.
But as well as all that (and this is probably where the mad bit does come in) I simply enjoy the challenge...