I had a blog before, but it’s gone. I killed it several years ago. It was one I started as a student, so most things I wrote appeared very naive and badly written. I have been toying with the idea of starting again for years now. There are things I want to say, but I never got round to it. However, the idea of writing always comes back. It’s one of those devil figures at one’s shoulder in children’s cartoons that never goes away and has an agenda. I recently went back to reading Scott Hanselman, who is one of the most prolific bloggers I’ve seen, and I wanted to figure out why he does it. Here’s what he says:

“A lot of people say, ‘Well, Scott, you’re doing all this stuff. Why do you do it? Are you not sleeping?” Hanselman says. “It’s because, I must dance. I can’t stop. Whenever I think about stopping, I think about this little boy and how excited he is about doing what he’s doing.”

Unlike Scott, I can stop, and I did for a long time. But doing that keeps the voice in my head and it doesn’t go away. So after a few years, I’m finally trying again. If blogging is what it takes to drive that devil figure away from my shoulder, then so be it. Here it is.