16 years, 9 months, and 29 days ago I was first introduced to the technology that would dominate so much of the next 6148 days of my life. I worked for the company that made software for just shy of 8 years of that time.
6 days ago, it ended in an email.
As we announced earlier today, we’re reducing our workforce… Unfortunately, as part of this reduction your role is being eliminated.Email all too common now
For the first time in many years, I’m facing professional uncertainty. I’m working through the emotions…including a craving to explore those feels in blogging again.
I’m not planning to talk about Salesforce, its products, or business decisions. I couldn’t do the topic justice compared to other sources. I won’t try.
Instead, I’ll likely focus on my obsessions with technology learning, personal knowledge management tools like Obsidian and the power of community. Maybe some knitting progress, too. Topics that feed my soul and feel too constrained in 500 characters on Mastodon.
I started this blog site (first using the domain of momathome.com) on a whim 20 years ago today on January 9, 2003 when my kids were young and I was dabbling in freelance graphic design work.
At first, I didn’t think about the content. It was all about the fun of setting it up. I love tinkering with and learning technology, and then sharing and building community around what I learned. Back then it was all about installing and configuring MovableType on my own and just talking about whatever was going on in my world. I had no idea if anyone was reading. Back then, it didn’t matter. It was for me. When I got feedback and picked up some followers, it was about us.
Thanks, Copernicus, for my very first comment – wherever you are.
I blogged here regularly until 2013 and fell off when my employment in the industry made talking about the technology challenging and it was too easy to post on Twitter.
I ended up sharing over 1900 posts here.
Blogging helped me through Me 1.0 as a stay-at-home mom and freelance graphic designer.
It helped me make sense of Me 2.0 as an anti-cancer advocate trying to figure out how to start and lead a nonprofit organization.
And it got me to the beginning of Me 3.0 as an open source community and production support leader for a Fortune 500 company.
Hello Me 4.0.
Whatever she turns out to be.