As I mentioned in my first post on this site, I have dabbled in writing in the past. Way back in 1997 I even self-published a book on HTML. It was written initially for a general technology class my mother was teaching at the high school level. Since it was their textbook I named it HTML: A Textbook Guide. I actually wrote each chapter about a week before they needed it and by the end of the first semester I had a book. I then edited it; created things like a table of contents, index, references, and acknowledgements; applied for ISBNs; sent the paper version to a printer; and created an electronic version of the entire book. I managed to sell only a handful of copies since marketing was virtually nonexistent.
A few years later in 2002 I co-wrote a book called Managing the Gifted Mind in a Technological World. It had nothing to do with programming. It was about an educational philosophy that my co-author, who happens to also be my mother, came up with. I, again, did a lot of editing and self publishing.
Jump forward again to 2009 and I decided to try my hand at writing some technical articles for SQL Server Central. I decided on a two part series about something my company came up with for a particular issue with one client. We built a function to help us with an accounting method the client used to keep track of claim losses. The articles, 4-4-5 Calendar Functions Part 1 and 4-4-5 Calendar Functions Part 2 were published in the later part of 2009. I knew we had made some less than desirable implementation choices, but I couldn’t really find any other articles about the topic and thought I’d just get something out there. There were a lot of good comments. If you want to read the articles you’ll need a free login with SQL Server Central.
Now here I am in 2010 seeing if I can stick with writing a little more frequently. I think it will work if I can keep the topics a little shorter than a book. I’m thinking I’ll start off posting simple solutions to issues at work and see where it goes from there.