Saturday, October 8, 2011

it's a wrap?

Maybe. I'm not sure. If I hadn't been taking the Writing for the Web course at BCIT, I don't think I would have started another blog, let alone one on technology. But I don't think I'll delete it, and maybe I'll even add to it. I was surprised at how easily this came to me.

It took me a long time to embrace my geekiness. While I was working on technical trade publications, I thought of myself as a musician with a day job, because playing in a rock band was what I really loved to do. When I was first working in software development, I thought of myself as an actor with a day job, because I had shifted into theatre and loved it. When I immigrated to Canada, I did so as an experienced software developer. I didn't tell them that I was really going to Vancouver to work in the film industry. As it turned out, even though I got plenty of work as an extra, I made more money as a technical writer.

I started to do software development again in 2000. Before long, with my music and acting more behind than ahead of me, I realized that I was fine doing software. I learned. I got better at it. And I found that in a lot of ways it was a creative outlet for me.

I guess it was really a new century. I started to admit that I was a software developer, not an aspiring actor or musician. This still surprises people sometimes, because even now there aren't that many women who work as software designers and developers.

Perhaps that's why it's important to me that people know there are other sides to me. If you've visited my "real" blog, Fromage, which I surreptitiously linked to over there on the right, you'll know what I'm passionate about. I write about fashion, food, music, politics and feminism. Sure, I'm a geek, but I'm also a fashionista, dammit! And I play guitar and even drums when I make time to practise! And I make really tasty food!

The passions that aren't revenue-neutral, however, tend to be revenue-negative and sometimes downright expensive. They are habits that need to be fed. So I continue to work in high tech.

It's not just a job, though. I like what I do, and I'm interested in how technology is evolving and changing all our lives. I'm old-fashioned in a lot of ways, but I'm not a Luddite. I've very attached to my laptop and my high-speed internet connection. They allow me to put my words out there for anyone to see! The fact that there are millions and millions of us doing the same thing doesn't make it any less cool.

1 comment:

Geraldine said...

Sometimes having more than one blog allows you to unblock other topics that you may have restricted yourself on in the theme of your blog. Keep it up!