Happy Birthday!

posted in Blog on August 26th, 2007

On this day, a year ago, I launched 2.0; my third attempt at blogging. My goal, back then, was to blog at least once every three to four weeks and share some insights about my college with anyone interested.

Now, a year later, I have managed an average of two posts a week, much more than I originally anticipated. I have sparked quite a few discussions amongst friends, both virtual and analogue.

Then, back in June, I switched from to I never really blogged about that, but the reason for the whole move was rather simple:

Names are brands and it was about time that I started working on my own brand. I like the <firstname><lastname>.com concept a lot more than <random-name>.com; mostly because I never came up with something that I was really content with as far as <random-name>.com goes.

With a <firstname><lastname>.com however, the whole thing is a lot easier. It is simple to remember and makes a lot more sense than discussing the life of a coder, especially since I am no real coder (anymore).

With the domain switch, I also decided that it was time to adjust the style of the blog and hey, what do you know, after looking through a myriad of themes, I finally found Journalist. It is clean, lean and does not take away focus from the part of the site that matters most to me: content.

In an effort to improve my language skills, I have also switched from a relatively casual style of writing to a more professional style, but the judges are still out on a verdict for this one.

That said, there are a couple of entries I would like to highlight, mostly posts about things that I found worthy to share and entries that I am proud off:

In December 2006, I wrote about Micro relationships, which is my take on Relationship 2.0. The article also, partially links up with my thoughts on what identity really means.

Also during the final days of December 2006, I posted my Thank you article. While I am not religious in any sense, I think it is important to remind ourselves every now and again that this is a group effort, not a solo gig.

Valentine’s Day 2007 saw a post called Here’s to you, which is my ode to a person that I care about a lot, even though I never really had the guts to show it.

During March 2007 I blogged about the perception of life and how others are able to distort it.

There are, of course, many more items that I am happy with and sometimes even proud of, but these are the ones I personally liked the most.

On very much related note, two people I value immensely are celebrating their respective birthdays today, too.

Here’s to you, Ben and Judith!

a failed project?

posted in Projects on January 3rd, 2007

Some time ago, I invited a few people to start a new blog. To ensure that their first experience would be one of bliss and not of technical terms that scare them away, I offered to host their blog, acquire a domain and even set up the whole magic.

Now, some four months later, it’s time for a short recap:

I started out with the following statistics:

  • 66% male
  • 66% Dutch
  • 66% of the content will be written in English

Of the three people I talked to, only one really took me up on my idea and started a blog. Since the beginning of September, Ben has written ten posts. It’s less than I expected, but I’m still glad he takes the time to write. After all, both his and my life has been so hectic that we rarely got the time to talk to each other and his blog provided me with the opportunity to follow his life every now and then.

The other two people decided not to go through with the blog because they believe their (possible) content to be boring and uninteresting. Which is, at least if you ask me, the one thing that keeps more people from blogging. It’s a pity, because one way or another, all our lives have those certain events that are interesting, both to one self as well as the world.

That said, I’m glad that Jack started to blog more often and after some coercing, Josef and Kevin started blogs too.

So, do I consider the “get more people to blog” - project, a failed project? No. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to turn out but all in all, more people, some due to my influence, are blogging now and that’s all that counts.

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it’s a matter of persuasion

posted in Blog, Projects on August 31st, 2006

A few days ago, while reading my RSS feeds, I decided that I had to change something about the content I was reading. I wanted more. I love reading other people’s blogs and as such, I came up with an interesting project:

The idea here is to get 3 (three) people to start a blog. When you offer freebies, chances are you’ll always find enough takers, so I had a few rules:

1.) I want more than one nationality, so not everyone could be from the Netherlands
2.) I don’t care about what you write, as long as you write
3.) If you decided to jump in, I expect you to adhere to the rules of the game (specifically #2, #3, #4, #7 and #8)

Nothing big and in return, you’d get free hosting (incl. a free domain), you retain the copyright and if you ever decide to move, I’ll even help you set up your stuff.

As it stands, I believe that I’ve found three subjects: 66% male, 66% Dutch and 66% of the content will be written in English.

We’ll see how it turns out…

Oh and as to why I am doing this? Well, if “because I can” isn’t good enough for you, my second answer would be: “because I want more people to voice their opinions and share their knowledge with the world”.

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Two dot oh

posted in Blog on August 26th, 2006

In the IT world, people are accustomed to resets; if your Pocket PC doesn’t work anymore, you reset it; if your server doesn’t work anymore, you reset it and if your blog bores you, you kill all the content and thereby reset it.

Long story short - the old content is gone and new one will come. New content warrants a new face so without further ado, I give you “lifeofacoder 2.0″.

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