Blogging beyond the Domain of Expertise
Why this topic…..
Well, I have been a reader of quite a few storage blog sites since I started blogging (about 6 months ago). My blogroll consist of my daily reading every morning. As the day progresses, get to read many more storage related items through twitter or other social networking media.
There is a big learning curve going on for myself as I understand these new Storage related Socio-Techno terms, Tech-notes, Standards, Core Storage Technology, Visions, Dominance, Acquisitions, OEM practices and foremost develop a level of expertise in what I blog.
My Comfort Zone…..
As I write these blogs, I do feel the urge to write about technology more than any marketing or sales aspects and specially like to blog about EMC technology since I understand it the best. These days I have been writing about Clariion. My understanding of Symmetrix and DMX along with other EMC technologies is good, but these days I am more comfortable writing about just one storage platform, which is Clariion.
Storage Industry Bloggers…..
As I read blogs from various different bloggers like Chuck Hollis, Chad Sakac, Storagezilla, Dave Graham, Hu Yoshida, Storage Architect, Steve Todd and many more on my list, I feel bloggers are only talking about the technology or subjects they feel more comfortable about ……. over and over again. I am not criticizing any of these bloggers, they are great and write good stuff, but as you start following some of them, you feel the output you get every day from them is the same?, Or almost the same?, Or about the same subject? Or about the same technology? Or about the same Topic?
Human Comfort Zone…..
May be because people understand a certain technology better than the other, they like to blog about it more often. But isn’t that, what blogging is all about?
Personally I think, if a person gets really comfortable with the job profile they are in and keep on doing the same repetitive stuff every single day, where is innovation, creativity and then foremost the learning curve?
It is human nature to feel comfortable in a certain Environment, Zone, Society, Social Media, Job, etc after they have achieved or reached a certain goal, agenda or have success doing a certain thing. If we asked Hu Yoshida to talk about EMC technology or 3Par technology in the next 10 blogs and same question for Chuck, if he was to write the next 10 blogs about HDS and its technology can they do it. If Steve Todd wrote about the subjects that Chuck Hollis writes and Dave Graham was to write about IBM SVC technology in the next 10 blogs, can they do it?
As humans, we like to only talk and write about technology, markets, subjects; that we feel comfortable about rather than having an idea of the whole industry the way it is going. It is very tough for one person to understand all the technologies, but then isn’t that creativity, innovation and vision. Industry should not be driven by a single OEM, or a single technology, that would just be the end of Innovation. Dominance is a virtue, but Competition is a win.
This blog is not against any of my fellow bloggers rather only explains the comfort zone of human nature. Would I personally like to blog about a certain subject that I don’t feel comfortable about and is beyond my comfort zone. May be yes, may be no, maybe I should read, research and then write about that subject.
Bloggers in my blogroll are very creative, I love reading all of them; just want to read a different topic once in a while that is beyond what they write every day …..
Courteous Comments always welcome…….