About

This Blog

This site is an outlet for me to rant about my interests (IT, music, health and fitness, etc.). But more than that, it's about addressing points raised some prolific online writers such as Scott Hanselman[1] that I have recently started relating to, specifically, that it is of key importance for someone in my profession to be sharing, archiving and expanding my learnings and opinions through blogging.

After years of talking about having a personal online presence beyond the refines of social media, I have finally gotten this site off the ground. My first post talks about my struggle of getting to this point, the reason I went with a blog and my selected solution (Ghost Blog).

ME

I'm an IT professional living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. I moved here from Ireland in 2009 after coming to visit a friend while travelling. New Zealand gripped me with its stunning scenery and multitude of outdoor activities available to new and advanced adventure enthusiasts alike. Wellington in particular is a small, vibrant city with all the benefits of a capital city, and is a reasonably big change from Dublin.

Profession

I graduated from Computer Applications at Dublin City University in 2003 and have remained in information technology ever since. I enjoy many facets of IT, my main drivers being elliciting the correct requirements, and delivering the best user-focused solution. My career has reflected this having spent several years overlapping the roles of business analyst, front-end developer and project and client manager. I have become increasingly interested in software process improvement and see my future directed towards coaching projects, whether they be delivered through traditional sequential, or lean agile principles and practises.

Interests

Outside of IT, I have a wide range of interests, as represented through the post tags on this blog. I particularly enjoy metal music and genre / horror / alternative film. I hold a lot of opinions, but don't often hold them strongly, so it will be interesting to see how my posts on this site transpire.


References

1. These posts by Scott Hanselman on why you should blog make for good food for thought:
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/YourWordsAreWasted.aspx
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/YourBlogIsTheEngineOfCommunity.aspx