Weekly Round-up Satisfaction Survey

Survey TakerI’ve been publishing the weekly round-up for over eight years now. As you might expect, the format has evolved and the selection of content has shifted over time. Earlier this year, I changed the structure of the sections to focus on slightly different topics. It’s been a few years since I asked for your opinions, and this seems like a good point to get your input. I’ve created a short survey on Survey Monkey which shouldn’t take more than two minutes to complete. There are six questions on the six content sections, two questions on other parts of the format, and two on how you follow and how often you read┬áthese round-ups. All ten questions are either multiple choice or checkboxes. I saved you the agony of composing a text comment, but if you want to say something, please add a comment to this post.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff. And thanks for helping me keep it relevant.

Nerd Life Satisfaction

Nerd Life SatisfactionI’m a nerd. Been one all my life. When I was a kid, I was a guitar nerd. As a young man, I was a woodworking nerd. Then I became an electronics nerd. Then a software nerd. Then a writing nerd. I don’t create electronic doo-dads anymore, but I’m proud to still be active in the remainder of my nerd interests. My heroes are nerds like Roy Underhill, Leo Kottke, Paul Sellers, and Adam Savage. Like fine wines, as nerds age, they just get more nerdy. Porn stars – not┬áhardly.

I pity the poor bastard who watches television. Except for the guy who only watches Roy, on PBS. He’s got his head on straight.

The Internet Never Forgets

I started this blog in 2010, with the intent of writing about project management. My original idea, which has somehow survived, was to post a weekly round-up of news items, blog posts, and other content, and then write about other stuff as it came up. My first weekly round-up had nine items; these days, I cap it at 25, and rarely have fewer than that. But back then, I was still discovering sources of content, and it was a struggle. While assembling content for that first curated post, I read that the news that Rita Mulcahy had passed away.

Rita MulcahyIf you’ve ever studied for the Project Management Professional exam, you’ve probably heard of Rita. Her PMP study guide, now updated by the staff of the training firm she founded, remains one of the most widely used. So I wrote a brief obituary, and posted it on July 10, 2010. It was the first post on my new blog, so I doubt it got very many views in that first month. But the internet never forgets.

All of those blog posts, and comments, and pictures, and links, and diagrams on my blog have been indexed by “spiders” from the major search engines. And so far this year, my little obituary has been read 150 times. More than four years after her death, Rita still gets Googled, and some of those searchers find my old article. I hope that what I wrote helped them understand the lady, because I think she was fascinating. Since then, I’ve written obituaries for a former colleague, Jay Dawson, as well as Steve Jobs and Dennis Ritchie. They get a few reads from time to time, as well.

Johannes Gutenberg invented a printing press based on movable type around 1439. No one know how many books, pamphlets, newspapers, magazine, and other writings have been printed since then, but most of them have been lost. Paper fades, crumbles, and burns. Some day, even the most intensely maintained of Leonardo DaVinci’s works will fade. But the digital images of those masterpieces will remain. EMC estimates that the content on the internet doubles in size every two years. By 2020, they project that the digital universe will comprise 44 trillion gigabytes. Thus, people will be able to read the text of authors, great and wretched, posted on line until the end of civilization. So be fastidious about what you write and how you say it: more so than in any time in human history, we write for the ages.

The internet never forgets. And so, we can remember. Peace be with you.