In April 2004 I started blogging. When it started, I wrote about things that I would have posted on uw.general (the wild west of amazing backchannel at U of Waterloo once upon a time) – status updates on the main web page, standards, and other interesting things. That evolved into an interesting timeline of life events over the years. In looking back I can see my transition from a coder working away at web stuff to a dad and entrepreneur. What I learned going back over my blog’s 10 years:
- Writing more means I have become a better writer or expect more from my writing which means I blog less.
- Going through my old posts reminded me that startups need community more than anything – that is what gave me the confidence to build one.
- It is fun to build things. I don’t want to ever stop doing that.
- I need to shift back to a balance of sharing life events and writing about things I am passionate about.
This is my current top 10 in the last 10 years.
- Back then I was really excited about web development, this is when I first started thinking about Ruby on Rails in January 2005.
- It wasn’t until the summer of 2006 when I really got excited about development — that summer was a big with the development of some interesting things on rails.
- January 2007 my first son was born (and it was mentioned in the Daily Bulletin at the bottom!) – I posted about the next 3 kids but this one was the first.
- January 2007 started the mobile project that became VeloCity. As part of that project we built a twitter clone, UW Chatter. It didn’t go anywhere but it was cool.
- I started a new job in with the Special Projects Group and I was President of the University of Waterloo Staff Association – that work inspired TribeHR for me.
- StartupCampWaterloo was launched. It was small. In early 2008 we hosted the second one at it was big, over 100 people attended including the infamous David Crow and future CDL G7 member Jevon MacDonald. Then in the fall of 2008 we got really excited about the Startup Community in Waterloo at StartupCampWaterloo3 even though the economy was falling apart.
- TribeHR was unveiled at DemoCampGuelph – that demo had a bad connection to the projector, lots of laughing, and 4 years later it was acquired by Netsuite.
- IgniteWaterloo started and I did the opening presentation as a last minute stand in!
- The moment I truly felt VeloCity was successful and the startup community in Waterloo is heading to an awesome place with the amazing 7cubedproject.
- I learned how important things like fishing with kids are.
In 2013 and 2014 so far my posts have almost been entirely focused on the work I am doing. The last 2 years have seen a big shift in my focus to family but that doesn’t come out in my blog at all. I will work on that.
The next 10 years are going to be fun!