I've neglected this blog for quite some time now. Wow, it's been a while. I decided it was time for a relaunch. So, I've migrated the blog to Subtext (I stayed on .Text long after the project was dead) and have a shiny new look and feel. I figured if I put some time into the blog skin then I'd be more likely to keep posting.
For a while now, I've kept up my CRM related blog (See crmdeveloper.com
), but I keep that blog focused on CRM related topics. This blog will continue to be on .NET development and software topics as it was before. I'm pretty pleased with my new blog skin. I tried to stay away from the shades of slate blue and gray that I usually fall back on, although I guess I just couldn't shake the gray :-)
Here's a comparison of the look of my old and new blog:
I thought the old look was getting a bit stale, very XP hehe. Any feedback on the new look?
So why the change and the renewed desire to blog? Honestly, I attribute it to Twitter and some great podcasts. A while back I decided to give Twitter a try (see twitter.com/ryanfarley
). At first, I completely didn't get it. Once I got subscribed to some people to follow that interest me, that all changed. I felt like I was listening in on conversations between people I consider great in the industry. People like Jon Gallaway
, Phil Haack
, Scott Hanselman
, etc (to name only a small few). I actually started to feel inspired by these short <140 character tweets. Then I started listening to podcasts (again, inspired by the activity on twitter) such as HerdingCode
, Deep Fried Bytes
, and started listening to Carl Franklins DotNetRocks
again (I used to listen but stopped as some of Carl's co-hosts changed). The result? I felt completely inspired and excited to be a programmer. It was just awesome. Not that I've not liked being a programmer. It's what I am
and I love it. But sometimes you fall into work routine and you loose a bit of the passion. I feel completely pumped up again, and I basically owe it all to Twitter. Yes, a bit strange.
More to come...