Blogging: A Skeptic

I’ve questioned on several occasions why someone would want to start a blog. Is it conceit or egocentricity to think more people would be interested in what you have to say than can be reached by normal e-mail? What is the motivation to even consider such an undertaking?

What even is so worthwhile that some reader would give up their time, which we seem to have less of all the time, to read whatever I have to say? Everyone has a blog these days. Is there really that much worth saying? Everything I consider important already has been said by someone. What possibly can be so unique about my perspective on some subject? Do I really need to add my “me too”?

I do not pretend to know where current trends in personal communications are heading. Consider what changes have come along over the last century: from personal letters, newspapers, telephones, e-mail, social networking, to blogs…just to name a few. Personal privacy has been a myth for many years but we at least still had the illusion of privacy. Perhaps because so little privacy is left is the reason that people are willing to dispense with that small remaining remnant and publish it for the entire world to see so everyone will know it.

Call me a skeptic!


About lewbornmann

Lewis J. Bornmann has his doctorate in Computer Science. He became a volunteer for the American Red Cross following his retirement from teaching Computer Science, Mathematics, and Information Systems, at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. He previously was on the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Stanford University, and several other universities. Dr. Bornmann has provided emergency assistance in areas devastated by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. He has responded to emergencies on local Disaster Action Teams (DAT), assisted with Services to Armed Forces (SAF), and taught Disaster Services classes and Health & Safety classes. He and his wife, Barb, are certified operators of the American Red Cross Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV), a self-contained unit capable of providing satellite-based communications and technology-related assistance at disaster sites. He served on the governing board of a large international professional organization (ACM), was chair of a committee overseeing several hundred worldwide volunteer chapters, helped organize large international conferences, served on numerous technical committees, and presented technical papers at numerous symposiums and conferences. He has numerous Who’s Who citations for his technical and professional contributions and many years of management experience with major corporations including General Electric, Boeing, and as an independent contractor. He was a principal contributor on numerous large technology-related development projects, including having written the Systems Concepts for NASA’s largest supercomputing system at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. With over 40 years of experience in scientific and commercial computer systems management and development, he worked on a wide variety of computer-related systems from small single embedded microprocessor based applications to some of the largest distributed heterogeneous supercomputing systems ever planned.
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