DZone

For a while now I have been sharing some of my blog posts on the Dzone website.

DZone

The Dzone website allows users to submit links to content and I have been submitting the content I have created on this website. This is how Dzone describes themselves:

With over 1 Million members, DZone.com is one of the web’s largest communities and publishers of technical content for software professionals. Developers from all over the world come to DZone for the latest and best content to hone their skills and advance their careers.

DZone MVBWell this week I have been invited to join the MVB (Most Valuable Blogger) programme. The hope is that more of my readers will find my content from the DZone website.

The DZone team will soon start sharing my content on the DZone website and I hope this will result in even more people reading what I have to say.

If nothing else this is clearly telling me that my blog is making a difference, people are taking note of me and what I have to say. I need to keep going and keep writing articles and be more consistent.

I’m 100 blog posts old

That’s right this is the one hundredth post that I have written on this blog.

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So what have I learned in the past 100 posts?

  1. It is easier to write a blog before you become a parent. More recently I am increasingly finding it difficult to find the time to blog. It used to be that I could write on an evening, but now James is around I often prefer to play with him, or more often stop him crawling where he shouldn’t.
  2. I like my job. The inspiration for most of this site is my day job and as you can read, I do a wide variety of different things, but I have a lot more to learn as well.
  3. Finding your niche is hard. 100 posts in and I am still not sure what my niche is. I started out with the broad niche of IT and what I do, I then considered something about IT and fatherhood but I don’t think that topic is really me. My current thinking is maybe DevOps especially as my role these days fits squarely between Development and Operations.
  4. Its time for a refresh. I have been meaning to change the theme of this site for some time and I feel after 100 posts now is as good as time as any. I want to emphasise my skills and what I am learning and increase the emphasis on DevOps, which I think will be my niche.
  5. Watching visitor numbers is addictive. Every day I look at how many people have looked at my blog, but I have yet to see a pattern between what I write and how many reads I get. Is my writing getting better? I don’t know. Are more people reading? Probably not. Will I keep going? Yes

So what is next?

Hopefully a refreshed look in the next few months. Hopefully regular posts. If there is something you want to see on here drop me a message via any of the social media links or put a comment below.

What is my favourite post?

Maybe User Groups and F# which proved very popular and got me to start going to user groups something I still enjoy today. I also like Coding Myself Into A Corner which got me to start thinking more if I was giving myself future problems. But there are many others I like such as James and Becoming a father

A look back at 2015

Wow! What an amazing year 2015 has been and with 2015 about to end I thought it would be good to look back at what happened in this amazing year.151218181153-2015-year-in-review-biggest-stories-wrap-up-orig-00025316-large-169

January

I started the year with a declaration that 2015 would be my year of code. Well I have had a few breaks from programming but I have learnt loads this year. I have flitted a bit concentrating on different areas of programming but I think that has broadened my knowledge. I consider myself to be a programmer now, which I didn’t at the start of 2015.

February

74cc28416b646ae6f87d5a502fbd03b7A first for 2015 was appearing on a podcast. The Trekmate podcast Ten Forward were the lucky ones that got to experience my first attempt at talking to the world. This continued throughout the year with appearances on Upper Pylon 2, The Battle Bridge and even the Sci-Fi Waffle podcast.

It was a sad time for Trekkies at the end of February when Leonard Nimoy passed away.

March

In March I talked about my recent efforts with Azure Traffic Manager to help prevent downtime. I also spent a lot of time improving databases which led me to consider ways to deploy it better.

Also in March I attended an IT networking event called ITBoss. Free food and drinks and a discussion with fellow IT Managers.

April

April was a bit of a mixed bag. I celebrated my second wedding anniversary but I also said goodbye to my car due to financial reasons.

I played about with a Raspberry Pi, mostly with the camera. I really must make some time to play with it more.

May

CGHJLlbWEAAbl14In May I went to a C# User Group called Leeds Sharp, was great fun and I really need to make more time and go back in 2016. It did result in one of my most popular blog posts.

Usually developers don’t enjoy finding bugs in their software but I had great fun when I realised I had a Stack Overflow in one of my databases, it was easy to fix once I worked out what was going on.

In May the UK went to the polls as we had another General Election.

June

In June I celebrated my 50th Blog Post. Amazing to think I had already written 50 Blog posts, even more now!

Leeds Sharp had a coding challenge, to solve Sodoku puzzle programatically. Didn’t get it finished but made a good stab at it.

July

In July it was SysAdmin Day and I celebrated with my staff the amazing work we do keeping everything working.

Microsoft launched Windows 10 in July, the latest operating system is being offered for free for a year.

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In August everything changed as my son James was born. I took time out from blogging and work during this time to spend with James.

Before James was born I stepped down from my involvement with the technical team at St Michael le Belfrey.

September

In september it was back to work, where I started planning how to add internet connections to reduce the chance of outages.

October

In October I took James to a dads group. This was the first time Dad spent time with James without Mummy and it was awesome.

I also celebrated my first birthday after becoming a father, was great to have a card from James. James also got the chance to spend time with my family in Nottingham.20151206_105450

November

In November the countdown to Christmas began with James appearing in his first Nativity as Jesus and dressed up as an Elf at a Christingle service.

Exciting Star Trek news was announced this month, a new TV series is to be aired in January 2017. No other details yet but very exciting.

December

December is all about Christmas and we had a great Christmas time as a family.

Sadly York was hit by Floods just after Christmas, luckily my family was not affected but many others have been. Hopefully by the time you read this the cleanup will be well underway.

Before Christmas I spent my time counting down the days with the Advent of Code

What will 2016 bring?

I don’t know. There will be lots more time with James as he continues to learn and develop. I will continue to learn and develop my coding skills. Watch this space as I keep blogging about it.

Black Friday Deals

Over 50% Off this Black Friday!

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Yes your heard it correctly even www.funkysi1701.com has amazing offers.

It is like the whole world has gone “Black Friday” mad, with every company in the world offering amazing and unmissable deals.

So in an attempt to cash in on all the Black Friday fuss I will write a quick blog post about it.

I mentioned 50% off well this month I have blogged 50% less than usual. There is one main reason for this, my new born son James is taking a lot of my time and energy and I think it will take a few months of sporadic blog posts before I get the balance right.

I am not a big fan of spending just for the sake of it. Encouraging people to spend money they don’t have, on things they don’t need shouldn’t be encouraged. However times are hard so companies need to do what they need to, to try and make money.

How to speak to the whole world

global blog mapHaving a website is an easy way to reach people across the globe. This website has reached people in almost every continent.

I have had visitors in each of the following countries.

United States
United Kingdom
Canada
Germany
Australia
India
France
Vietnam
Netherlands
Poland
China
Russia
Sweden
European Union
New Zealand
Hungary
Norway
Spain
Brazil
Hong Kong SAR China
Belgium
Denmark
Italy
Switzerland
Finland
Turkey
Romania
Singapore
Israel
Indonesia
Serbia
South Africa
Lithuania
Mexico
Ireland
South Korea
Taiwan
Greece
Bulgaria
Ukraine
Japan
Austria
Kenya
Portugal
Czech Republic
Colombia
Philippines
United Arab Emirates
Moldova
Slovenia
Malaysia
Ghana
Argentina
Venezuela
Bangladesh
Iceland
Croatia
Panama
Belarus
Slovakia
Albania
Kazakhstan
Algeria
Puerto Rico
Thailand
Estonia
U.S. Virgin Islands
Pakistan
Latvia
Chile
Sri Lanka
Malta
Costa Rica
Morocco
Ethiopia
Réunion
Uruguay
Honduras
Cyprus
Tunisia
Nepal
Cameroon
Paraguay
Gambia
Peru
Mauritius
Bermuda
Cambodia
Jersey
Egypt
Macedonia

How cool is that! If you know anyone from any country not mentioned above, send them a link to this page and lets see if we can get this blog seen in even more countries.

Only a few years ago it would have been incredibly difficult to communicate your ideas to the whole world, now it is available to everyone at a touch of a button.

The internet has a lot to answer for. On the one hand it is blamed for a decrease of communication between people as they stare at their devices all the time, but on the other hand it has greatly improved communication over larger distances like the use of Skype or the ability to broadcast your ideas on websites and social media.