The next phase of my career has started

I used to be a prolific blogger. I’d put up 2 or 3 things a day and I enjoyed it immensely. However, after my last job change, I found myself having less & less time to be able to thoroughly read up on what I was talking about. Ill-informed posts bother me to no end.

I’ve been doing development for 20 years now. I’ve been in almost every aspect  - web, front ends, back end, long running server processes, portals, packaged software, client-server, thick client, thin client, remote only (back when Citrix was in its diapers). I did server management, network management, and many things that used to be the realm of the Webmaster that are no longer even considered a developer’s job anymore.

Today, that’s changed. I’m now a Development Lead which ironically requires very, very little development. I’m running my team now, keeping people on task, assisting the junior developers with learning the systems, evangelizing technologies, interfacing with upper management on statuses, etc. I will be doing Architect work as well to ensure I stay up to date on my coding skills and I’m ok with grabbing low hanging fruit for tasks, but most of my interaction with code will be doing code reviews & design / architecture of solutions. It’s very odd to come up with an idea and then know you’ll be handing it off to someone else to implement.

I don’t think my blogging time will change, mostly because it’s been so sparse as to be non-existent. I’ve seriously considered calling it quits and saving myself a boatload of money each month on my internet costs (the ads do not bring in enough money to cover the costs and that’s because I don’t blog enough to bring in the traffic), but at this point I’m not giving up yet.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. I do this for my own amusement, but I like it when it amuses others too.

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