Me 4.0: Day 6. 20 years later.

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.

screen shot from first comment I received on my blog. It said "I thought I would write a comment here so you do not feel no one listens to you."

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.

Hello, Again.

It’s so hard to stare at a blank page, isn’t it?

I’m starting this blog up again after 5 years because I suddenly find myself with a lot of free time, a lot of thoughts, and a desire to share them in my own space in longer form.

Next step is to re-explore WordPress and set it all to my liking… it’s been a minute.

More to come. Soon.

For sale for a cause: Sundance

For more on what I’m doing this year, read this post first.

After I finished Elven Princess on a Sunday afternoon, I didn’t have time to block it so I started on the next shawl right away. Sundance is a smaller shawl by Anna Victoria. Less adventurous stitches than other patterns, so I finished it in about 15 hours of knitting over 5 days and ended up with two shawls ready at the same time.

The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, 100% merino. Madelinetosh yarns are known for their incredible super saturated color and this is no exception. Love it.

If interested, leave a bid in the comments starting at $75 and don’t forget to tell me abut the organization you want to support!