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Bit by the Bug - Again

by Mike Grzesik In reply to Computing for the Masses

While browsing around espn.com the other day, I came upon an NBA analysis written during the playoffs last month. It was posted by a former colleague from my days in TV news, who was my Executive Producer at none other than WLKY there in Louisville, KY. TechRepublic has a home there in Louisville (that?s Lou-a-vill, not Louie-ville). So some of the other technical bloggers at TR should know what I am talking about.
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After reading the post, and harking on the days of yore, I could feel my blood pumping again. I wanted to get published? like now! It?s a thrill when the words you write get spoken our read outloud. I got bit by the journalism bug back in college, while working at the campus TV station. It was one of three other passions I graduated with: a love/hate relationship with C++ programming(love) and computer science(hate the theory), a minor in Telecommunications and a major in History.
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Back then, journalism (and writing in general) gave me a sense of purpose. At least until I woke up one morning and decided I didn?t want to face my loud-mouthed, jerk of a boss, News Director anymore. So life goes on. And now I find myself leading technology and innovation here in the suburbs of Chicago.
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Blogging isn?t something that has really tickled my fancy. It?s been around for a couple of years. But why would I want to read about someone else?s life, instead of taking that time to live my own? A quite boring way to spend time, if you ask me. Sorta of like writing code all day, while starring out the window at the sun shining and the birds chirping. There?s a paradox to that, because life turns into a ?Groundhog Day?-style of existence when you do it for to long.
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What gets me going, though, is helping people. I used to do it with my daily newscasts. Now I do it with technology: white papers, how-to guides, executive summaries, training manuals, project reports, you name it. These things help people, and it gives me an outlet to make sense of the tech-world when I write them. That's where I can find some practical use for blogging.
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So let?s see what happens here. If Erik Eckel and John Sheesley can do it, I should be able to come up with some good tech-tidbits too. Who knows? Maybe my old friend at espn.com will stumble across one of my postings one day while searching Google, and look me up.
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