I have reluctantly decided it is time for me to embrace the ‘new’ social web. When the term ‘blog’ was first coined, I never thought I would end up creating or writing my own blog. At the time, maybe around 2004, I thought it was a fad and it would never really hit mainstream. In fact, I was vocally opposed to it. It felt too ‘Venti triple non-fat espresso machiatto’ for me, if that makes sense to you. Obviously, I was very wrong.
Since starting my career shortly after launching the previous design (Glowview 2.0) in 2003, I kept doing various side projects when they came to me. However, my personal sites had fallen by the wayside and I stopped doing updates of any kind. For the past 5 years, glowview.com had been taking up rent space on the internet and taking a yearly domain renewal charge from my bank account.
A redesign, long overdue!
Like many people, I am a somewhat private person. The idea of having personal details of your life available to the world is a scary notion to me. But I’m not blind to the trends, I see where the web has headed. In this business you need to keep up with the technology and what’s happening, or you will be left behind. It isn’t enough to just be aware of Facebook or Twitter, it’s a web developer’s responsibility to know how they work and how to use them. In addition to the importance of having expertise in the technologies, they are also vital and undeniable networking tools and will undoubtedly create more work for me.
So I am now Twittering and blogging and it’s all available on Glowview 3.0. Glowview 2.0 did not even include my real name and was purposely worded to make it sound like Glowview could be a large shop with many employees. This type of thing was a popular trend in the business during the late 90’s and early 2000’s. I’m actually excited to see this die in favor of this open, honest, and ‘out-there’ approach.
This is a long-time web developer’s first blog post… quite a bit behind the curve. I hope you have enjoyed it.