Welcome to the first post! If you keep reading them, I’ll keep writing them…
For the last couple years, I have been working as an independent software consultant. Consulting is my thing. I love it. I love the different clients, the variety of challenges, even the various constraints. Making happy clients is like winning the Super Bowl for me. Even so, it’s a lonely role. Sure, I work with other developers on occasion but it’s not a real team thing. I miss that. I “grew up” in teams. Every step of my career has been a collective one. Win or lose, it has always been together. I have the best family in the world, so perhaps that is why I can continue as a lone wolf on the career front. But there is no denying that I miss the professional “life on life” relationships.
So it’s time for an adjustment or two. Everybody knows that good relationships are intentional. That’s why I’m here. I’m setting foot into the world’s largest meetup and introducing myself. For now, it’ll be blog and code. Blog and code. I’m not a huge fan of social media exploits, but I’m open to any channels that may open up.
Historically, I have always been an open source advocate. Even in the bowels of the most closed DOD contractors, I made the case. OSS brings out great things in humanity. The simplicity of a global altruistic team is inspiring. When it comes to OSS, most folks know how to take. Not many know how to give. As an advocate over the years, I have wondered if I’m all talk. I have been so good at taking. Now that the opportunity has presented itself (in the form of a bit more resources, fewer NDAs, and “under the radar” projects), we shall see. I invite you to hold me accountable.
So let’s see where this leads. I admire you folks who have been doing real business on the public stage. For me, it’s a new frontier.