Sunday Apr 29, 2007

3 years and still blogging...

Other Sun bloggers have been posting since Friday about the third anniversary of blogs.sun.com. Dilbert even had a very timely series of comics.

Today is actually the third anniversary of my first public blog post (though as you can see, I later migrated some earlier posts from my now abandoned internal blog to it), as I was traveling to the first X.Org Developer's Conference on the day of the initial launch, but signed up once I was there (back when signing up was simply e-mailing Will Snow to ask for an account), and started posting from there.

In my first post, I worried I wouldn't be able to find enough things to blog about - now I know I have too much to blog about, and time to write it all up is the limit - I was posting the changes in each Solaris Express release for a while, and more recently, the X ChangeLogs for each Solaris Nevada build, but both fell behind after a few months. I've got a list of links to other blogs and interesting sites that I want to post that keeps growing longer and longer as I fail to take enough time to post them here. I wasn't sure I would even get this post done during the b.s.c birthday celebration.

As some of the other bloggers mentioned, the effect has gone beyond just providing a way for any employee to post - the company's culture has changed. No longer do we complain about hearing about new announcements first in the press - blogs are now considered a crucial part of many announcement plans, especially around OpenSolaris, and bloggers are briefed in advance. I joked with Ben Rockwood at the SVOSUG last week about how much he's been yanking Sun's chain lately - how long ago would it be unimaginable that the CEO, VP's and Chief Architect get personally involved when a sysadmin at a startup complained about issues with Sun?

So much change in 3 short years - who knows where the next years will lead us?

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