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December 27, 2006

A Difference in Focus

I've been thinking a lot about what I get out of blogging, and about what I want to do in other parts of my life, and the combination of the two has resulted in a pretty big cutback in output here. Well, I've made some decisions.

There are a lot of political commenters in the blogosphere. A whole, whole lot. And I don't think that my voice adds enough to make a difference, since there are many people saying most of what I would say about politics and foreign affairs, better than I am capable of saying it. No doubt, I will nonetheless continue to blog about politics quite a bit, because it's an interest of mine and because sometimes I get so annoyed I just can't help but write about it. But the problem is, to do this consistently requires me to be more current with the news on an ongoing basis, and consequently more annoyed anyway, than I really care to be. I think that political blogging has made me, in some ways, a more negative person than I care to be.

On the other hand, there is not a great deal of good writing about my actual profession: enterprise IT development and integration. Yet my profession is economically critical to the US, and is becoming critical in nearly every facet of our lives. There are things I have to say, with the benefit of some 15 years of experience in IT, mostly at an enterprise level; from the point of view of having been a network and systems integrator, a database developer, a systems administrator, a people manager, a project manager, an operations architect, a development architect, a consultant on directory services and identity management, and an enterprise architect; and as someone who thinks about everything in terms of theoretical frameworks. And in my area of expertise, the things I have to say are too often unsaid.

One reason that I have been reluctant to write about my work is that I don't want to offend my clients. The lessons I have learned about good and bad IT practice, for example, have all come from employers or clients, and sometimes it is pretty easy to cross-reference a few available facts and determine which client I might be talking about. If one of my clients has terrible practices in some area, and sees me taking that practice apart, they might well be offended, and I want to ensure repeat business wherever possible. On the other hand, it's also true that much of what I have to say about enterprise IT is of generic applicability, and that many examples (both good and bad) that are specific to one company in my experience are of broader applicability outside of my direct experience.

So expect to see more blogging about IT in the future, and less blogging about politics. (In fact, I expect that most of my political commentary in the future will be in comments on others' blogs.)

Posted by jeff at December 27, 2006 10:31 PM

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I'm looking forward to it :-)

Posted by: Dan tdaxp at January 1, 2007 3:05 PM