A Digital Trail
Recently, the marvellous Seth Godin published a post entitled “Are you willing to build a trail?“, subtitled “Are you willing to work hard enough to get work?”
Well, I am, although I’ve been at it for over a year now, with precious little to show for it by way of income. I’ve been sharing with folks my belief that, realistically, I don’t ever expect to find paid work again. Not out of choice, you understand, but out of despair for finding any kind of work that I could in all conscience get behind, get into and enjoy.
Anyways, Seth’s post spurred my to writing this one – and setting out my “digital trail”. We’ll see if it has any result, other than offering an opportunity to vent.
Aside: I’ve yet to meet any prospective client, partner, employer, etc. that could even be bothered to visit my blog, let alone engage in conversation regarding one or more of my posts.
My personal website is fallingblossom.com
Is it safe to assume as you’re reading this, that you know the URL for my blog?
If you’re really interested, you can find my career history on my LinkedIn profile.
Some Past Work
Although I hold that past work is little related to future potential, here’s just a few highlights:
- Founded the first Agile software house and consultancy in Europe (Familiar Limited).
- Founded the first ever secure web-based e-commerce business (The Object Warehouse).
- Created the first commercial Modula-2 Compiler, on PDP11s (RSTS/E, RT11, RSX) and VAXes
- Helped many, many people find more satisfaction in their chosen path.
In my spare time I’ve taught hundreds of people to ride safely, likely saving dozens of lives.
In my personal work, I’ve created Rightshifting, the Marshall Model, the Antimatter Principle, FlowChain, Prod•gnosis, Emotioneering and other cutting-edge ideas. Unpublished works include Contextual Databases, various software tools, and a replacement for CRUD form-based interfaces in systems of record.
The best lesson I’ve learned from Steve McConnell is Rightshifting.
Connecting With People
Here’s just one of many blog posts that have changed the way I think about connecting with people, online and in meat space.
I feature in some number of online videos – here’s just one, on Rightshifting and the Marshall Model:
I’ve been working solidly on my own themes for the past year – and intermittently for many more years than that. This makes me happy because it meets my needs for making meaningful connections with many like-minded folks in the global software community. And for mutual exploration of key issues facing everyone involved in – or dependent on -software and product development.
It fails, however, to meet my needs for making a real difference – despite many kind folks reassuring me that I am. Hence my continued search for a place – or places – where that may happen.