When I was a kid, my Dad was in the Royal Air Force. When he came home and said he'd got a posting, it meant we were going off to live in a foreign country for a few years. Of course, today, a posting is just something on a blog - rather like this one. However, in this particular case, the double meaning is actually applicable.
My nine years working with patterns & practices, including six as a fulltime employee, have come to an end. As of last week I really have been posted to a foreign land - or at least to a different division where I'll be writing about a range of Visual Studio and Azure technologies, and maybe even Project Siena (if I can force myself to drop the "lication" from "application"). It's also a whole new opportunity to use all the clever content creation tools that I never figured out before, write in formats and styles I've never tried, and target scenarios and customers that I've never tackled in the past. I'll probably have to turn my brain back on.
So, this is the last post in my patterns & practices blog. Maybe if I can find a new home for occasional diatribes and ruminations I'll drop back and put a link in here. Meantime, it seems amazing that I've written over 350 posts since I became a fulltime ‘Softie. I never realized there was so much stuff in our modern world to complain about. Not that all of the posts were actually diatribes, of course - some were actually useful and insightful (possibly).
Amongst the melee were plenty of posts about agile documentation and being a technical writer, such as Can Writers Dance The Agile? And several that offered advice to computing newcomers, such asTop 10 Tips for New or Nervous Computer Users. There was also my famed abilities at predicting the future, for example Leaping To Conclusions - Predictions for Leap Year 2012. And, of course, a selection of just plain weird ones such as Does It Really Matter?.
That flurry of activity contrasts with my previous efforts at being a blogger. In a previous life (before Microsoft) I usually managed just one post a month, with the corresponding effect of lack of brevity. And, often, focus. Though there were a few such as SATA = Space And Time Allowing that explored the vaguarities of modern software and hardware, and plenty that ruminated on the gradual shift to digital media and online services such as I Hear Voices - From The Planet Rock. And, even then, a few with rather suspect titles such as Seen in Tenerife - A Nice Pair of TITSAs.
And I suppose that this blog has now become "a previous life". Maybe I need to apply some kind of cascading present-tense update so that my old blog becomes an "even more previous life". But, instead, I'll leave you with a thought for the future:
If the posts stop in a blog and no one is around to read them, does it make any difference?...