Confession: I've been staring at the computer screen for a full 10 minutes, trying to figure out what the heck to write about. For class, one of our last assignments is to write about either a topic from the semester that surprised us, or to write about what we learned from our most recent guest speaker (a Director of Innovation who spoke primarily about social media).
Problem is, while I learned quite a bit in class, I wouldn't say there was any particular topic that surprised me... and while Erik was quite informative, I don't think I learned anything new from him (which has nothing to do with the quality of his presentation, it's just that I already pretty much live and breathe the stuff he was talking about, both at and outside of work).
So, I suppose, I will write about two things that surprised me this semester which were NOT particular topics.
- It surprised me that I was the only one in class that seemed relatively comfortable with the idea that my information was out there It's not like I'm not protective of my private information, and it's not that I'm not aware of the issues surrounding it. There is plenty that I have hidden away from public view, and I'm always very conscientious about what I do share publicly. Among so many people I know or follow, I'm fairly conservative about what kind of information I share. (The idea of foursquare, for example, makes me shudder, for exactly the reasons that PleaseRobMe.com is meant to point out.) But among my classmates, I was by far the one with the most visible online presence, and possibly the only one who was comfortable with it.
- It surprised me how surprised everyone was about certain things that didn't give me pause At least half the class was shocked at the concept of co-CIOs, to the point of disbelief at the idea that something along those lines could possibly work. In my mind, it seemed unusual, but by no means impossible. Even if something is unlikely among two random individuals, it seems that the right pair with the right attitudes going in could easily make something like that work. Similarly, when I relayed a personal anecdote about work during class, I was surprised to see how surprised my professor seemed.
This blog was originally started with one idea in mind: strictly IT programming topics and practices. Through my class, it has become something else entirely. What it will be past the end of the semester, I do not know. I do know that I rarely posted about the things I do at work every day. It's not that I don't find what I do interesting... I actually love programming, because it's all about problem-solving. I think I didn't post about programming because it's the bigger problems and the bigger solutions that I really care most about in the long run, not the minutia of what code fix solved which technical problem.
With that in mind, I'll end this blog post... but hopefully not the blog.
Posted by on Sun, 2 May 2010