Ok, this post will totally reveal the immaturity that I try to hide from my fellow IT professionals but is well-known to friends and family.
I'm now the #1 Bill Higgins in the world according to Google. This represents the culmination of a long journey, that I'll tell you about here.
A few months after I started my blog, I did a vanity search on my name and was appalled that I was like the fifth Bill Higgins on the list. After a few more months, I climbed up the list, past the Bill Higgins who played one season in the NBA, past the Bill Higgins who played professional baseball in the 1880s, and past the Bill Higgins who is a Los Angeles reporter.
Alas, I could not pass my homonymous nemesis the other Bill Higgins from Penn State University! Professor Bill Higgins!
Let me take a step back. I went to Penn State from 1996 and 2000, where I majored in Computer Science. While I was there, I discovered that there was another human being named Bill Higgins on campus - and he was a senior Professor of Electrical Engineering! Innevitably, whenever I'd meet a new professor, he or she would say "Bill Higgins! Like the EE professor?! Are you related?". To which I politely said "Yes like the EE professor, no we're not related.". Years later, when I saw Office Space, I had a special sympathy for the character named Michael Bolton (no not the hairy pop singer).
So I was always "the other Bill Higgins" at Penn State. So it annoyed me when I saw that I was still #2 according to Google (I told you this entry would demonstrate incredible immaturity!). But finally, after many months of dilligent blogging, and placing comments on the blogs of more popular bloggers linking back to this blog, I'm #1.
If there are any aspiring Bill Higgins's out there, let me just warn you now to change your name if you want to be #1, because I'm never giving up my spot.
If you'll excuse me, I'm going to celebrate my new status by eating birthday cake for lunch and watching an episode of the Smurfs.
PS - The ironic thing is that by linking to these other Bill Higgins's, I've increased their Google page rank and may put them at an advantage over me!
I'm #1 (well the #1 Bill Higgins anyhow)