That's it, goodbye public weblog. Personal blogs have become a way for everyone to gossip with one another and talk about their pet dog's new food bowl. The "blogosphere" has become a giant, festering, incestual cross-linking pile of steaming potatoes.
I've gotten to the point in my career that I must cease discussing my opinions and reactions to world events, political issues, or any other thing that might somehow offend one of my customers. Besides, I'm not the same as I was four months ago. I've changed, for the better.
I started my blog as a way to keep my family and friends updated on our life. My family already knows me, so when I would write about something controversial (or leave important facts out of my entries for the sake of brevity), they knew that I was only exploring the possibilities. They also knew that I'd eventually learn and helped me stay on the right path. They forgave me for my mistakes and they forgave me for offending them.
Many blog readers aren't so giving. Anonymity has created a culture where otherwise polite people can become something entirely different online. Over the three or four years that I've kept my journal online for the public, I have received numerous negative (and some threatening) emails from people who took issue with a blog entry. At no time did I ever promise to follow some journalistic creed to write for my audience. No offense, but I don't write this for you, I write it for me and my friends and family.
However, I will not stop blogging in a personal fashion.
As strange as this sounds, I am locking my personal blog. In order to access my blog (including the archives), you will need to register. I will no longer discuss technology or programming on this blog. This is my personal journal that I use to chronical my life and the attitudes, beliefs, and pains that I feel each day. Very few people outside of my circle of friends will care anything about that, so I've decided to lock the blog up so that no search engine crawlers will index what I write. There will also likely be another level of access for my deepest and most private parts. I'm tired of writing my diary online only to have people who have no idea who I really am misunderstand because they have no context in which to anchor their interpretation of my writing. Not so with friends and family.
So, I'm choosing capitalism over the bill of rights. Sure, I have the legal right to say anything I want (well, aside from the illegal things like hate speech and pipe bomb schematics), but my employer also has the legal right to dismiss me for any reason at all.
If you are subscribing to this feed with your RSS reader, you shouldn't have to make any changes to your feed address. I'll make sure the process goes smoothly. Instead of getting this blog feed, you'll get the ISV Developer Evangelist team blog. It's so much better when the team works together to come up with a plan to help our customers and partners succeed.
Visit the US ISV Developer Evangelist Team blog
I'd say it's been fun, but I'd be lying. I am embarrassed at much of my behavior and content over those three years. As part of my recovery, I am locking everything down. Too many people judge me based on my blog alone. That frightens me because my blog is an immensely insignificant representation of who I am and my true nature. Not just that, but when my blog suddenly switched to opinion instead of useful technical tidbits, everything in my life began to unravel. Unfortunately, I publically blogged about it. Now, most of the information there is irrelevant based on the lessons I've learned.
I appreciate all of the support I've gotten from all of you over the years. I look forward to many more years serving the industry, but babbling on about ideas and thoughts that were unfiltered, and immature (even outright idiotic at times) has left me with a giant stain on my Internet reputation. My local "meatspace" reputation is a little better. However, one day they will find each other and I don't want to offend anyone.
This is the last public entry I will make. After a few days (or sooner) RSS subscribers will be redirected to the US ISV Developer Team blog and web visitors will be redirected to the new Cerkit.com site.