In 2006 I moved to Louisville to intern at General Electric’s appliance division. I didn’t like it that much and I was really lonely and bored most of the time. To combat this, I started a blog named Abandon Nest that was all about living on your own for the first time. I found a long lost backup of the site a few days ago and am still sorting through all the content, trying to figure out what to do with it.
For me, that blog was the start of my career as a web developer. It ran on WordPress 2.0.4 and I wanted to modify it so I bought a book about PHP and taught myself how to do things with it. I thought it was so interesting that I decided to switch majors when I got back to school, going from Mechanical Engineering to Computer Science.
But that’s not what this is about. The second thing that blog got me to do was interact with other people around me. In fact, I was so confident after blogging for all of three months, that I decided that I’d go give a presentation at the library about blogging for beginners. I found that presentation and thought I’d share it.
To me, it is amazing how relevant almost everything I presented on 8 years ago is. Some of the tools have changed and some businesses have failed, but the main messages are all the same as the ones you’d hear about blogging today.
So, if you’re interested, I’d like you to take a look at Blogging for Beginners and let me know what you think. I think that I need to follow some of the advice proffered by my 2006 self, but that’s just me.