Motivation

I just finished attending the 2013 Adobe Coldfusion Summit.  During the day 2 keynote, the speaker (Tim Cunningham) told a story that struck me.  He explained that after he had been in the industry for about 10 years, he was at a conference and somebody asked him why if he had been in the industry for 10 years… why had he never heard of Tim before.  He followed up with the point that if you have been in our industry, it is your responsibility to give back.

Personally, I have been in the industry for about 17 years and, unless you know me or have worked with me, you have no idea who I am.  I do my job, and I do it really well… but I don’t take part in online discussions.  I don’t post tech articles… I read others’. I learn. I apply what I have learned.  This is great for me, and great for the people I work for, but listening to Tim speak influenced me to try to give back instead of just taking.

I have no idea if what I have to share will be of any interest to others, however since I feel the urge, I will try to share.  When I think I have something that others may find interesting or useful; I will share it.  When I read something I find useful or interesting, I will share it.  If nothing else, the blog will serve as a way for me to find code I have written that I may need again.

Since my areas of interest are Oracle and ColdFusion, that is where I will start.

Now… what to write?

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7 responses to “Motivation

  1. blippoids October 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I’m glad to see you start sharing. You have a lot to share that you probably didn’t realize. I’ve come to the same conclusion, and I have only two years of ColdFusion experience. Even if what I’m sharing is how I resolve my n00b confusion, I think it’s probably helpful to someone like another n00b.

  2. carehart October 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Great to hear of your plans to share more here. There are plenty of cfers who use oracle (which is indeed its own world), just as I’m sure you may have lots to share that would not be specific to Oracle.

    Don’t forget to tweet when you post and use the #coldfusion tag so people can know about it. I see you’re already listed at coldfusionbloggers.org, which will also help people find your content.

    Hope it goes well for you, and welcome to the community.

  3. Tim Cunningham November 18, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Chris,

    I am glad I found your blog. I was home sick today and honestly it was the first chance I have had to try to find what the blogosphere thought of CFSummit. I have been so busy with work and preparing for cf.Objective() 2014 I really haven’t had time.

    Your response is exactly what I was shooting for. That was a pivotal moment in my life when Marc Echer asked me, “So you been doing CF for over 10 years, how come I never heard of you?” He wasn’t being mean, we were having such an awesome conversation, I was learning from him, he was learning from me, we had so many shared challenges, yet I knew so much about Marc from his blog, his tweets, his conference presentations and he knew nothing about me. It was that point I realized I had been selfish. I took, took, took from this awesome community and gave little back.

    Why? I was scared. Scared that no one would care about my thoughts. Scared, that people would laugh at my opinions. Scared my code wasn’t good enough. Looking back even my fear was selfish. I was strictly concerned about what *I* looked like to others, not how I could help someone. Sure some people are jerks and make snide comments, but they are extremely rare. Most people are good and want to see you succeed, if you freely give them something they are extremely grateful. At that point I offered to present at every conference I could, I blogged, I tweeted, I started helping people on forums and I was rewarded 500 times over with support, code assistance, positions of influence at Adobe and positions to direct the content for cf.Objective() and cfSummit. If you give generously & graciously you will receive even more in return.

    My little “pep” talk before the Day 2 keynote was spur of the moment. I woke up that morning thinking about how successful CFSummit seemed to be and how far I had come in the three years since I started giving back and a thought struck me, people need to hear how rewarding it is to get involved. The thought wouldn’t leave me. It nagged and insisted at me. So I asked Adobe to let me make a few announcements before the day 2 keynote. I warned them I would have little “pep” speech and they were kind enough to trust me. My words were unscripted and from the heart.

    If you were the only person I motivated to give back, to blog more, to share with others more, then my goal was accomplished. Thanks for this post, it means more to me than you know.

    • Chris Hagood November 19, 2013 at 3:52 am

      Tim,

      Based on your last paragraph… mission accomplished. I am finding that deciding “what” to say or “how” to say it is not a challenge. It is the “when” that appears to be my struggle. Life is currently demanding my time, and with 2 kids in the house, I give it willingly.

      And yes… All the the hesitations you struggled with are familiar to me. I am confident in what I do, and I know I am very good at what I do. Will what I write reflect my knowledge? Will others look down there nose at what I have to say? These are fears that are similar to how people describe public speaking. Fortunately for me, public speaking comes easy. Being willing to share my knowledge on the internet is far more daunting. That is probably why my initial posts could be described as “safe”.

      Thank you again for the motivation. I look forward to being able to post more in the not-to-distant future.

      If you are looking for unsolicited advice for CFSummit 2014. Start promoting early. I think the doubling the attendance of this year’s event will be a snap now that the event was a success this year.

      –Chris

  4. Dan Fredericks November 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    This is awesome…what Tim said has carried with me. Dan Wilson has also hit me up about this and says he wants me to speak at NCDevCon next year…almost got a topic accepted this past year. Scared, kinda…i can speak to people, but the answering of questions and talking about a coding topic, scares me. But this past year when I was asked/tricked/etc into running the NOVACFUG, that made me realize it was time to do more.
    I do agree it is hard to find the time with 2 kids running around at home and after long days getting online to work, and I am still struggling with that, but I am trying to soak up knowledge and pass it on to my coworkers…using my contacts for good, not evil 🙂
    I have this past year worked with a few people in our field on fixing some apps they built…mike henke and cloudy with a change of tests, and ryan anklams cfkoans, so i am findling ways to help, even if it is because I see how it can benefit me or my work, so taking a few minutes out of my day to do that, is worth it.
    So, Kudos to you for feeling it is important to give back…I got “permission” from the wife to do this and we are working to figure out how to fit it around everything else a family as to do, but it will be worth it…and from a selfish point of view, we use Oracle and CF here, so the more blog posts you have about Oracle and CF working together, the better it will be for us at my job 🙂
    Have at it and enjoy the sharing, i’d say if it feels like a job doing the blogs and stuff, you are doing something wrong, find a way to make it fun…happy blogging.

  5. cfloveorg November 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Have you noticed everyone rush to learn JavaScript, every dark cobwebbed corner of it? But leaving advanced SQL behind.

    • Chris Hagood November 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Yes! Everything is JavaScript JavaScript JAVASCRIPT!!!! I wouldn’t call myself a JS expert, but I can get around just fine. My opinion is that you can have the prettiest, most interactive site on the net, but if the data response is poor or if the data is crap… UI doesn’t matter.

      The inverse is also true. Great data with an awful UI is just as bad.

      But to answer your question… Yeah. JS is the “IT” one to learn now.

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