Keep on Learning
Here’s a summary of the books that have published in 2012. I’m quite pleased with the progress we’ve made so far this year, and have many books left to go. Make sure to follow my blog to stay in the loop as to when new books come out or if there is a sale you should know about.
by Antonio Cangiano
Published March 6, 2012
I was one of the official reviewers of this book and can’t stop talking about it or thinking about it.
I've been blogging for about 7 years now and have read much on the internet as well as one book about the subject. I really thought I knew just about everything I needed to know until I read Antonio's book! The guidance he provides in this book goes well beyond the standard guidance. I truly appreciate the years of experience that Antonio brings to this book and can see how using his advice will substantially increase the quality and interest in any blog by any blogger, regardless of experience.
About the book:
Technical Blogging is the only guide you’ll need to create and maintain a successful technical blog.
About the author:
Antonio Cangiano is a software developer and technical evangelist for IBM, web entrepreneur, and serial blogger. Antonio is constantly in demand when it comes to consulting and speaking, and is one of the main go-to guys within IBM for advice on blogging, social media, and technical marketing. Combined, his technical blogs have attracted millions of pageviews and tens of thousands of subscribers, and currently generate a substantial side income for him. You can find links to his current blogs on his homepage at antoniocangiano.com.
Don’t just take my opinion. Check out this review by Patrick Cassell: “Technical Blogging” Is The Best Blogging Book I’ve Read
I highly recommend this book for anyone currently blogging or interested in starting a blog. You’ll be very happy you invested the time in reading this book. Note that it is available in many formats. I read the review copy on my Kindle and am expecting the printed copy in the mail any day.
PS. If you like what I tend to share, I encourage you to “follow” my blog.
As of writing this entry, I have 206 followers and thank every single one of
you. One of the tips from Antonio Cangiano’s book: Technical Blogging: Turn
Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence is to ask readers like
you to follow my blog. I am trying to follow as much of his advice as I
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It seems to me, given what I’m being sent in newsletters, that this is the time of year to give some thought to improving personal habits. The end of the year brings time for reflection on the year we just lived through and January is the perfect time to put in place new goals or plans for the coming year.
I like to discuss the articles I read with those who are closest to me at work and in my personal life, but in going through the list, I can’t see why these wouldn’t be of interest to a much larger audience. Here’s my list:
Five Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012 by Dorie Clark
I was drawn to this article by the title. Usually we think about what we’ll do better in the coming year, but doesn’t it make sense that you’ll need to drop something that you’re currently doing to fit in something you want to start doing. Face it, we only have so many hours in a day, so adding more to an already impossibly booked calendar makes no sense at all.
For me, email is becoming less relevant, so checking every 90 minutes makes sense to me and will allow me to focus on things that need full attention. I regularly unsubscribe to newsletters that are no longer interesting to me. I used to mail cards, but stopped a few years ago. There are still a few traditions that I take part in that could be dropped.
Dorie’s article points to another article that I liked:
Two Lists You Should Look at Every Morning by Peter Bregman
The lists Peter is talking about are 1) Focus list and 2) Ignore list. Doesn’t that make a lot of sense? I’m more of a social person than a gadget person, so Peter’s first story would never have happened to me. I’m more likely to make eye contact with everyone around me rather than giving my attention to my Blackberry. Figure out where you want to spend your time and consciously decide what you’ll ignore in order to focus on what you want to be focusing on.
Improve my Blogging Skills.
This one will only relate to those who are interested in blogging, but might actually coincide with the points above. Do you find that you repeat yourself over the course of a day or week, answering the same question, or giving the same advice to multiple people? If so, perhaps this content belongs in a blog where it can be shared among multiple people at once. If someone again asks the question, you can simply say.. read my blog!
Serge Rielau recently did this with his SQL Tips blog. Serge will benefit from writing this blog since he can put his effort into creating a well-written and thought out article about a topic that will benefit everyone who finds his blog and reads his tips. This is a much better use of his time than answering questions via email on a one on one basis.
If you are interested in blogging and want to learn how to do it the right way, the first time, I highly recommend this new book by Antonio Cangiano: Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence. I’ve been blogging for easily 6 years now and read this book as an official reviewer. I can tell you in all seriousness… that I learned a LOT. I haven’t put all the tips into practice yet, but I’m sure you’ll see my improvements over the coming year. Antonio has just created a blog about his book that you’ll want to subscribe to in order to get tips as he is able to share them: Technical Blogging.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it in my blog or not, but I’m a huge fan of TedTalks.com. If you haven’t run across these videos yet, you’re in for a huge treat. TED is an acronym for Technology, Education, and Design. Three of my favourite topics in one. There are many recorded TED talks for you to find and watch that cover a huge range of topics. Here are a few of my all time favourites:
Jim points out a bad habit that most of us have: treating people as objects. He explains why this is not the way you should treat people and gives examples to make the point clear. I would suggest that this is a video we need to re-watch many times over the course of a year to keep ourselves on track.
The main thing I like about this video is the message that we need to master basic skills before we can try more complex ones. How many times do people try to jump ahead? Salman’s example about learning how to ride a unicycle after only a week on a 2-wheel bike shows the difficulty in not mastering lower level skills first. I also like how he’s developed something that is appealing to young children everywhere and makes learning seem like a game. I hope as a result, we’ll have a highly educated future population!
There are many TED videos for you to watch and enjoy. Warning: once you start, you may want to watch these videos all day long!
These tips are pretty basic and we all know them very well. Unfortunately, we tend to forget or ignore them. Do yourself a favour. Take these tips seriously and see if they make you happier.
There are two other books that I regularly mention that are related to professional development.
1) Sam Lightstone’s Making it Big in Software. I found this book to be a good read and very helpful in thinking about the direction your career is taking. Here are a few of the blog entries I’ve written since the book was published:
2) Roger Sanders’ From Idea to Print: How to Write a Technical Book or Article and Get It Published. Writing, presenting, and communication are the soft skills that are required for all of us to succeed. I remember writing a blog entry about these at one point, but can’t find it now. I’m hoping to work with a colleague in the coming year to pull together a comprehensive list of how to improve communication skills for technical professionals.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list and are able to have a productive and healthy new year!
I’ve heard that there is something like a Brontobyte of data on the internet these days… How can you possibly keep on top of what you really want & need to know? Answer: Let some trusted people filter this data for you!
On the Season 2 Finale of The DB2Night Show z/OS Edition, join Surekha, Willie and myself as we show you the sites that you should bookmark and visit in order to keep up to date with minimal effort. The three of us enjoy reading, researching, and filtering & then blogging, tweeting, and inviting you to the events that we think are most important & interesting to those who work in the DB2 z/OS area of the world.
Speakers: Surekha Parekh, Susan Visser and Willie Favero
Host: Klaas Brant
Date: Monday, June 27
Time: 11:00 am Eastern Time
Because this is the last episode for the vacation break we would like to point out to you some great sites, blogs and communities that will keep you busy while we are planning new shows for you. This show will cover the top DB2 for z/OS e-Communities, collaboration groups and blogs that are available for DB2 for z/OS users. With the growth of the internet. mobile devices and particularly social media there are multiple tools and communities which enable DB2 for z/OS users to share information, experiences, and grow skills.
It can be confusing to know which communities to join, how to engage in active discussions and how to find the information you are looking for quickly . This webcast will take you through the top DB2 for z/OS communities and blogs which try and integrate multiple communities and groups with RSS feeds and real-time information. We will also provide a list of contact names in DB2 community.
Participants in our virtual studio audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and give the presenters feedback on their experience with DB2 communities.
About the speakers:
Host Klaas Brant, an IBM DB2 GOLD Consultant.
Surekha Parekh, IBMer, the world wide DB2 for z/OS Marketing Manager, blogger, tweeter, author.
Susan Visser, IBMer, Publishing Program Manager, blogger, tweeter, author.
Willie Favero, IBMer, zChampion, Dynamic Warehouse on z/OS Swat Team, DB2 SME, University Ambassador z, Sr Cert IT Specialist, Software Specialist : SW IM DB2-Host, blogger, tweeter, author.
Hope you can join us! We’ll make the season finale fun!!