The medium is the message.
~ Marshall McLuhan (In Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man)
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and statesman
I’ve been searchin’
To find an answer
Take a long time
~ Chicago (Lyrics from (I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long)
Let me count the ways.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning (From Sonnet 43)
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
The business of America is business💰
Antonio’s precept of “Content is king” continues to deeply resonate with me to this day; FWIW, I’ll add that I began blogging three years ago, with this fine book lying open at my side, through it all. Speaking of the aforementioned notion that “Content is king”—which is IMHO really the killer idea of blogging—I have done my level best to pay tribute elsewhere to the equally immense debt of gratitude I owe to another singularly awesome book. Of the more-than-a-handful of books I’ve read on the art of writing, by far the one which has had the greatest impact on my own writing is entitled Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing, by John Trimble with The University of Texas & Austin. Having a laser-sharp focus on crafting content of the highest quality is vital. This focus remains, as always, my compass in everything that I put together for my readers; much as I said earlier, everything that I write for this blog, I do so purely from the passion for sharing with others what I know, and what I continue to learn from immersion in our exciting and ever-in-flux software development industry 🐾
I had noted elsewhere my sentiment about how
If you take away from this essay only one book, please make it Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing by John R. Trimble. I refer to the volume fondly as WWS. My writing life can be cleanly divided—much as the World Wars (WW) divided history into pre- and post-WW—into pre- and post-WWS 🚑
I felt as if Antonio were my own private consultant helping me every step of the way, updating and crafting my blogs for maximum value. I will be reading and rereading this book every few months to make sure I haven’t missed anything. If you blog, read this book. If you’re considering blogging, read this book. Do not let a day go by without reading this book.
In the end, I can say without reservation that serial blogger extraordinaire Antonio Cangiano has shared in the pages of the book Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence stellar advice that you will simply not find anywhere else—our industry is lucky to have individuals like him. I eagerly look forward to his next books.
My better half—she is a big fan of Mother Teresa and doing charitable work—has leavened my pragmatism by imbuing me with the primacy of humbleness, and helping everyone around us grow and blossom (I know this sounds old fashioned). In turn, I remain truly humbled by what my coworkers (both past and present) have written about working with me ⏳