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It's my turn. I’ve been avoiding creating a blog for years. Dreaming of it but never daring to do it. I didn’t want to make a cold tech blog, that’s just not me, and I surely didn’t want the world to keep track of my dating life either.

It’s my turn.

I’ve been avoiding creating a blog for years. Dreaming of it but never daring to do it. I didn’t want to make a cold tech blog, that’s just not me, and I surely didn’t want the world to keep track of my dating life either. Let’s put aside my disconnect with spelling or grammar rules.  The same mind-set kept me away from Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. It’s odd, as a kid I made so many friends on mIRC. For some peculiar reason, it really felt like real communities flourished there, or perhaps this is what some call nostalgia. I believe now, that people are so overwhelmed by social media, that it has become pointless, thus turning into a marketing tool by large brands and people that crave focus and attention.

Where do I fit in all of this? Well, I have a confession; I probably never would have created my own Twitter account or a Facebook account (although I like the private messaging on facebook) However, I do love being linked-in, as I actually know why I’m there. It’s my way of sharing to the networking world. Whether or not I’m working, if they can help me find my next gig. Not very personal I guess, but very effective. I used to be active in forums as well. There comes a focal point in which a forum gets too big. It gets impersonal again. Turning into a transaction of minds that share nothing but one obsession. But a blog! Now, this can be anything I want it to be. I can’t wait to find my voice and see how you react to it.

You might be asking why now? Got recognition from my peers (and a few titles from Adobe). Worked and working with the largest brands in the world. Make a really nice pay check. Am so happy that I can do what i want and not worry about money at this early stage of my life. This project is actually the hardest one I’ve ever worked on. The least rewarding one [monetarily]. If you work in education you know teaching isn’t profitable. It just isn’t that people don’t do it to get rich, they do it out of love. Not when you can make 6 and some times 7 figure USD paystubs, with 1/2 the skill-set that I have, in this day and age. Why stay up all night, work all weekend, and pay out of my very hard earned cash on a project I know will probably never make me as much as working full time in the big business would … well its because I love doing it. In my dreams that’s all that matters. With time my love of this project will make it profitable. We’ve been live for about 8 months now (I think). In less than 8 months we have over 1200 students, and that is a huge motivator to push forwards.

I have a lot to say about Flash, ActionScript, Adobe, HTML, buzz words such as HTML5, and other buzz-like words that will pop up as they always do. I have a lot to learn about marketing, owning a niche site, and figuring out how to improve the user experience on the site. For that, I want to have an open book and share with you the struggles and wins. I sense this could be a really great round up to the topic of learning to develop and learning to take that skill and making it an actual profitable independent site.

This is it my first Blog bundled into my first Corp blog as well … wish me luck as I know I will need it.

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Elliot Mebane
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Hi Ben! Look forward to tuning in as you get going with your new blog.

Matthew Hewett
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Hey Ben, nice first blog, you’re very insightful. I hope you update daily with new information, that would be just wonderful. Thanks.

Ed Sullivan
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Great to see you blogging, Ben. Best of luck with the new blog!

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