Finally I seem to have caught the lousy Blogging-Virus as well.
Me, the person that always followed the development of Web 2.0 with great skepticism. Me, the person who thought of himself that he would never blog.
So where does the change come from?
Honestly speaking, the skepticism is still there, my motivation not that big, and I fear that this blog could fade away even before its heydays, due to the lack of interesting topics, or to the lack of interest from other people in the topics.
It is quite strange doing something you expect to fail anyway, but there are reasons which led me to trying it.
- I have certain changes of habits, I want to undertake myself – and as motivation driver there one always says that you should:
- write down your goals to fix them
- keep diary over your improvements
- tell other people about it to feel obligated.
- I have a lot of friends that I lost the regular contact to, mostly due to the geographical distance (emerging as a result of movements). So a blog could be an idea to keep in touch with each other.
- “I blog… therefore I am” (variation of the famous sentence “cogito ergo sum” from René Descartes). Let’s face it: in today’s modern (internet-)society, if you don’t have a blog, you don’t exist. Blogs are, what homepages have been in the 90s – everybody has one, regardless whether those persons have to say something or not, the trend is moving towards multiple blogs: a personal one, one (or more) community blogs (mostly on a certain topic), and of course one dedicated to your child, pet, car, whatever.
Actually the third point is not really a reason – it is rather a reason for me to stay away from blogging, as such developments scare me. But on the other side, I stayed away from Web 2.0 as much as I could: I don’t have a Facebook/Friendster/StudiVZ/Lokalisten/… account, I don’t promote videos or pictures on YouTube/MyVideo/Flickr/… and I stayed clear from logging/profiling services such as Last.fm. But now the question may really arise: Do I exist? At least in a society which for me as computer scientist is quiet an important one?
So here I am, writing my first blog entry, entering the world of the soul-strippers. What is there to say about this blog?
Those who know me may be astonished by the fact that this blog is written in English, although my mother tongue is German.
Well first of all I also have some English speaking friends, in Canada, England, Latvia, etc, which may want to read this blog.
Secondly, after leaving school I feel that my English skills are getting more rusty with every day that passes. To counter this I decided to use English as my dedicated language for this blog (although it may happen that some posts will be written in German).
And last but not least: with German I could reach a 185 million people worldwide, with English it is at least 700 million people!
But I kindly request to excuse any grammatical or spelling mistakes I make. Please feel free to write me a comment if you come across any systematical mistakes.
So let’s see, what you can expect here: what could be the use for you, why would you possibly like to return?
Quiet honestly: I don’t know. As stated before, in general this blog is for personal use – and I can not possibly figure out, why it might interest someone else, what I would post in here – but that is only my humble subjective view.
In contrary, a lot of people rated my thoughts in discussions (which I especially like to express in forums like the Buha-Board or the Black-Board) as quiet valuable. And I got a lot of positive feedback for some of my elaborations and reports that I published on my very crappy Homepage . This page even scored some high positions in Google for a while, and was linked to the German Wikipedia.
So all in all there seems to be a general interest in some of the things I have to say.
I expect topics in this blog to be about:
- My experiences while introducing GTD and ZTD in my life.
- The actions I take, to reach my goal in receiving a very good final diploma at the work academy.
- My progress in turning my self from big fat lazy couch potato back to the sportive youth I used to be.
- Remarkable things that happen in my life and that I would like to keep track of (remarkable in general is to be understood as remarkable for me).
- Other things/thoughts/news, etc. that somehow managed to distract my attention and made me feel like they where worth being mentioned somewhere.
To complete my very first blog entry in my life, I consider that some facts about me should not be withheld. These I have published in the About the author section.