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To blog or not to blog, that is the question

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by jk2447, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi all

    I want to progress my VMware knowledge and contribute to the wider community.... but I don't know if I'm ready yet.

    I've put off starting a blog as I've had a lot to learn, still do, but now I am starting to build up a decent collection of fixes for some REALLY random VMware issues I've come across supporting a 1000+ host estate. I'm also becoming quite handy at Powershell/CLI scripting which I absolutely love.

    I've got the time but I don't want to just regurgitate reverse engineered ramblings of vExperts, I want to come up with at least semi original ramblings of my own. Today for instance I figured out an issue with my PowerCLI script that was being blocked by something I found in a pam.d config file that as far as I can see, isn't written about anywhere in plain english. I can find more than a few articles that will help you piece it together, but its things like that that I get a kick out of.

    How are the bloggers amongst us finding it? I am also unsure of how often a decent blog should be updated and worry that I'll run out of ideas :S

    Any help and advice would be much appreciated
    Cheers

    James
     
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  2. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    Mate, get balls deep and go for it!

    Since doing my blog, I have learned so much more about VMware. It's not just about technical knowledge it's also about ideas, spending time finding out about really cool new things.

    I actually use my blog as a repository for stuff, I refer back to quite a bit and so do quite a few of my colleagues, I have way more stuff to put into it, but it's time for me which is the killer.

    Not saying my blog is decent, but I try and update it once a week.

    Why not just use the blog as JK's KB on how to fix random VMware stuff that happens :)
     
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  3. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Cheers mate sounds like great advice that tbh because a lot of what I've learned in only in my head. I could do with a place to keep notes. I would like to go for vExpert one day, if I'm good enough, we'll see. Thanks tho Craigdizzle, appreciate your comments
     
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  4. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Maybe this time next year you'll end up with a vExpert and a full time VMware job ;)
     
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  5. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I can dream mate ha ha Kinda like hitting the lotto for a nerd that isn't it :)
     
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  6. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    That would be nice ;)
     
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  7. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Go for it mate, you can always use CF blogs to get you started and test the water. That way you wont have to spend any cash or set-up your own site, unless thats something else you'd like to learn. :)
     
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  8. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    yes get on the band-wagon its actually a very good learning tool, I've been blogging for years now in various forms and although I do not blog that often these days its certainly a good way of reinforcing the topic you are blogging about. I started off much the same as everyone else it was a journel for all the issues and gotcha's I came across and also you find yourself digging around quite alot just to make sure you'r right.
     
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  9. SimonD

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    Go for it, I was only blogging for about a year and was awarded the vExpert because of it and my contributions here.

    The one thing I would advise is make sure you have an idea of what you want to blog about and also make sure you have a slew of articles that you can put together to help you blog.

    Also don't be surprised if real life comes and takes you away from it for periods of time (I have a couple of articles that are mid way through composition but I just don't have the time to finish them at the moment (pregnant wife and a heavy work load :()
     
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  10. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Thanks very much all some great advice, I think I'm going to go for it. I will probably take you up on that thanks Si. Appreciate you putting up the facility.

    I probably will by a domain name to put my flag in the ground, v something no doubt.

    My job at the min is very up and down, like you say Simon, I'll probably start off like a trojan, hit a load of overtime and not post for a month and get back on it. I'll try my best though.
     
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  11. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Have a look at 1and1 hosting (it's who I use to host a whole host of domains) and use something like WordPress as your blogging software, it's very simple to set up and easy to initially configure, things to consider is that you're going to need to be running on a Linux host and running MySQL for the WordPress db (all very easy to setup with most hosting providers).

    I can get a site up and running in 5 minutes flat, of course adding content and choosing themes takes longer but it really is that simple (so much so my wife did it herself recently).
     
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    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Thanks very much Simon really appreciate the support mate. I'd noticed you use Wordpress on your blog as it looks very good. I actually feel quite excited about getting this setup ha ha (I need to get out more!)
     
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  13. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I want a link to your blog by Monday ;)
     
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  14. ThomasMc

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    You could just setup a blog via WordPress.com - Get a Free Blog Here. Thats how I started mine and then moved away once I got into it but after my site being targeted by some riff raff I moved it back to wordpress and let them take care of upgrades and security
     
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  15. dmarsh

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    You can also use www.blogger.com, its even less trouble than wordpress.

    I keep meaning to get serious about writing a blog, perhaps this is the year...
     
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  16. craigie

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    Yep I use blogger for vmfocus.com just because it was so easy to setup.
     
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