I am back from UKLUG and I am now in that period of slight anti-climax that comes before work starts again and normal life kicks me with that 18 hole Dr.Marten steel toe capped boot of reality right in my professional nuts.
Many were the chats at UKLUG and mighty was the craic. Geekness with a heady after note of nerd lay heavy in the air. Mind you that could have been Bill Buchan who was perhaps a tad heavy on the baked beans at breakfast.
Having watched the great and the good do their stuff, having seen the very brave sponsors do their thing and show off their products I am once again enthused and dare I say empowered. The other side of this coin is if I am now enthused and empowered what was I before? Taking a long hard look at my output I am forced to ask myself, what HAVE I done recently that I am actually proud of?
I have circumnavigated the corporate globe trying to pass my enthusiasm for a way of working that while Domino centric basically when all said and done is not so much a method but the simple act of sharing just, when all said and done, sharing and I should NOT have to teach adult people how to share!
I have created several applications that users both love and sometimes despise. I have enacted corporate policies over which I have little control or input but take all of the ire and blame that they generate. I take this flack with some level of professional courtesy most of the time ... but sometimes the toys get lined up alphabetically and some poor sod standing next to my pram gets the whole toy box turfed out onto them in glorious technicolor WITH subtitles AND fully biological accurate diagrams for those poor of understanding.
So whither my new enthusiasm and where to use my empowerment? In a year's time will I be able to create a [UL] list of all those things I am proud of and display them in a glowing neon font here on my blog or will I once again be listening to Mahler and feeling just a tad discomfited that another year has slipped by?
Let's be fair now, I am not all depressed and gloomy about this state of affairs :) I am reflective and a little disappointed in myself and this will probably prove more useful than anything else I picked up at UKLUG.
So given that I have found use in my cogitations on this subject I pose this question to you all - What have you done that you are proud of in the last year?