Ok, so I’m female.
But the point is that I am not trying to sell anything with this blog. I do not work for IBM (though I started my career there, in the trenches), nor am I selling consulting services or add-on products. I’m just a techie-geek in the trenches, working for “The Man”. I want to work for “The Man”. “The Man” worries about hiring and payroll and finding work and all that, and all I have to do is be the best techie that I can be, give the clients in front of me awesome service, and help my co-workers be better techies too. If you want Commerce or DB2 work, I could find the right person for you to talk to at my company, and it would look good on my annual review and all, but I wouldn’t get financial gain from it, and won’t ask for that.
My career goal is to be a DB2 for LUW Guru. I want to go to the conferences. I want to present at them. I love training clients and co-workers. When I met Melanie Stopfer, I thought I’d like to do what she does – at least the parts I can see – training clients, being called in to assist in problems(while training the clients in the process), writing training materials, and being one of the best presenters at DB2 conferences. I don’t know that I have the networking and social skills for it, but I do love the training aspect of my current job. I might even write a book one of these days. But right now, I just want to share what I know and talk with my techie-fellows out there.
I loved Chris Eaton’s Blog (yes, he works for IBM and has all kind of internal info I don’t), and was sad when his post frequency went down. I do read Scott Hayes’ blog and like a lot of his gospel, but he is selling a tool that I will keep trying to convince a client to buy, but until I do, won’t get to use and can only cobble together some scripts to do a very few of the same things. I read random bits of other blogs, and find that most come from one of those two directions – Consultants trying to sell a service or product, or IBM itself. There’s nothing really wrong with either approach – they’re just not me. I’m just this guy, you know?
The answer is 42.