I never thought that I'd be taking such a long break after my last post. I thought I'd just quickly settle into my new job and I'd have plenty to write about.
Life is never that easy. There was (and still is) a lot to learn in my new position, but the "ramp-down" from my old position is still happening as well. I've been in this group for 2 weeks now, but I still get 3 or 4 questions / requests a day from the CE group. I like my old team, and want to help, so I do. I'm sure they'll get used to life without me soon. The other thing that screwed me up was the move from .Text to CS. I realize that they're practically the same thing, but I wrote a stupid little blog poster (slbp) that worked with .Text, and doesn't work anymore on this site. I was stubborn, and didn't want to use the web interface to post. I liked writing "off line" on my laptop, and posting when I felt like it. I tried out a few other shareware and freeware editors, but I couldn't get them to work with CS either, so I gave up. I did learn, however, that my slbp sucks, and that I should either learn to like the web interface, or use a "real" blog editor once I find one that supports CS.
The good news is that for the first time ever, my "blog topic list" is in double digits. I even have a few posts started! I know that some bloggers just post their ideas as soon as they think about them, but I haven't been able to work that way. When I think of something I want to write about, I jot it down along with a few notes on the message I want (or hope) to convey. Ideally, I'd have dozens of these ideas, and I'd be the most prolific software test blogger in the blogosphere...but I don't, and I'm not, and that's not really my goal anyway. All I want to do is share some stories and ideas and get better at writing. I should be back on my regular 2-3 posts per week schedule. I find that frequency works best right now to achieve my goals and balance the rest of my life.