Good afternoon, everyone! That was possibly the longest I’ve gone without posting since starting my blog. I appreciate all your patience! As was guessed, I was undertaking something very important to my life and didn’t feel I’d be able to blog about inconsequential things while that was underway. But now, I can announce it:
Major Life-Changing Event I am now Senior Java Developer for the MindPlay Product Group of Bally Gaming + Systems! I officially accepted the offer today and will begin the week of September 12th. This position is a fantastic opportunity working with some very interesting technologies, but more importantly the company showed a large amount of confidence and excitement over me and my abilities. Furthermore, anyone who’s read my blog for a long period of time knows that my lack of a completed college degree has bugged me to no end. As someone who highly values intelligence and knowledge, not having that little piece of paper has been a huge ego bruise. However, Bally will be giving me to opportunity to pursue the completion of my degree through evening courses by providing generous educational tuition re-embursements, and strongly preferring I work as quickly as humanly possible to get it done.
The position itself is also very interesting. My understanding is I’ll be responsible largely for a web-based administration application. This is the primary customer-facing portion of the MindPlay product package.
As far as what Bally Gaming + Systems does, they do a lot of things. The division I’ll be at primarily builds player-tracking blackjack tables. See links below for further information.
So while the next phase of my life will be very busy, I’m very excited for the opportunities it brings. AND, I think it’ll make for some GREAT blogging! :D
Speaking of Blogging… A couple of things on this topic. Firstly, thanks to DG for the email on some of the risks to corporations when they allow their employees to blog. Up until now a lot of press has been devoted to the risks that employees run for blogging about their companies, so this was an interesting article. See As Blogging Grows below.
Also on the subject of blogging, one blogger who I link to often
- Justin Foster - has posted about 4 or 5 very interesting posts in a row on the subject of marketing through corporate blogs, RSS, email marketing and how that all relates. Anyone interesting in the topic to go read up on a few of those.
Without re-reading through all of them right now, I remember Justin talking about the ability to blog what is going out in email newsletters to have a publicly available archive of the content. I think the idea is there, but implementation wise I was thinking it would be better to do the reverse. If a product powers both the email newletter and the corporation’s blogs, one should be able to quickly pick and choose recent blog postings from the corporate blogroll and place them into email newsletters. The blogs become basically a content repository at that point. It would seem to me that that would be a better way to go about it, but reality is probably somewhere in the middle. Either way, it would provide the ability to blend email newsletters and blogs into just “content”, and distribute that same content via many different “channels”. (“Content” and “Channels” is terminology borrowed from Justin’s posts).
Relevant Links I recently read a general complaint about blogs that criticized the use of links in the post body. Something about drawing attention away from your content mid-sentence. So I’m going to try putting relevant links at the bottom of the posts for a little while. Let me know what you think.