What a difference a month makes

I never thought that I'd be taking such a long break after my last post.  I thought I'd just quickly settle into my new job and I'd have plenty to write about.

Life is never that easy.  There was (and still is) a lot to learn in my new position, but the "ramp-down" from my old position is still happening as well.  I've been in this group for 2 weeks now, but I still get 3 or 4 questions / requests a day from the CE group.  I like my old team, and want to help, so I do.  I'm sure they'll get used to life without me soon.  The other thing that screwed me up was the move from .Text to CS.  I realize that they're practically the same thing, but I wrote a stupid little blog poster (slbp) that worked with .Text, and doesn't work anymore on this site.  I was stubborn, and didn't want to use the web interface to post.  I liked writing "off line" on my laptop, and posting when I felt like it.  I tried out a few other shareware and freeware editors, but I couldn't get them to work with CS either, so I gave up.  I did learn, however, that my slbp sucks, and that I should either learn to like the web interface, or use a "real" blog editor once I find one that supports CS.

The good news is that for the first time ever, my "blog topic list" is in double digits.  I even have a few posts started!  I know that some bloggers just post their ideas as soon as they think about them, but I haven't been able to work that way.  When I think of something I want to write about, I jot it down along with a few notes on the message I want (or hope) to convey.  Ideally, I'd have dozens of these ideas, and I'd be the most prolific software test blogger in the blogosphere...but I don't, and I'm not, and that's not really my goal anyway.  All I want to do is share some stories and ideas and get better at writing.  I should be back on my regular 2-3 posts per week schedule.  I find that frequency works best right now to achieve my goals and balance the rest of my life.


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