With A Little Help From My Friends

I’ve been thinking. I’ve had this blog for less than a year and I think it’s really something. I don’t have a lot of readers yet but I love where this is going. It is a place where I can just write whatever I want, whenever I want. No one is censoring me but myself. I love that web hosting is so cheap these days that I can get my own website and put everything I want in there. It’s pretty awesome.

But I’ve noticed that I can’t really release all the ideas I have on a regular basis. This is not like college anymore where I can just have all the free time and do whatever I want. I’m not a student correspondent in a university publication anymore. I got a lot of responsibilities and so little time that I don’t have much time for writing anymore. Adulting is haaaaaaard! There’s so much to write about! Every day I see something that I want to write about. Life is so fast that I can’t keep up sometimes.

I also noticed that most of the time, I only write about social commentaries and my life in general. The problem is that’s not the only thing that matters to me. The software development community matters to me too. The agile community matters to me too. There are a lot of new developers, new quality assurance people, new scrum masters, and new business analysts that come out of college with their diploma in hand. I’m not saying I’m the best person to follow when it comes to surviving in the IT world. Very far from it, actually. But I’m pretty sure my experience would come in handy at some point.

Then it hit me. I got a lot of friends in the field. Some of them are developers, some are QAs, some are BAs, heck some of them can even do everything. I know that a lot of them have a lot to say about their own work, and I believe that their experience would help a lot of people too. Also, since these people are my friends, I know that they’re not just one-trick ponies that can only talk about work. These people have their own life stories that they can share with everyone, myself included.

So I made a decision. thebeet21.com will be open to my friends in the field who want to share their expertise and life stories. In fact, I’ve already talked to one just this afternoon. This news really stoked me since I really want to make this site a home for everyone. We might be writing with the software community in mind. But I believe that all the lessons that we learned in the field could also be applied in real life.

We’re also looking at the possibility of adding more humor to the mix. We’re still discussing how to go with this. But software development memes first came to mind when we were brainstorming earlier.

I’m still trying to figure this thing out. So for the time being, these friends of mine will be considered contributors. As soon as we figure out how we can properly handle this, more significant changes will be applied to the site.

With this change, I sure hope that we’ll be able to relate to more people and maybe help with their current situation. After all, that’s what this site is for.

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