That is the $64 question. Keep reading. I have been a web geek since 1995. I still remember the external 14,400 modem using dial-up to connect to the World-Wide Web on my 386 laptop using Netscape 1.1. Yes I was the chubby kid in high school who dragged a laptop to class. An easy target and no easy feat in 1995. I was on the internet before Al Gore invented it.
I went to high school and barely finished. It was boring except for a few classes. Then I went to college. That was also boring except for a few classes. The career paths I have gone on are essentially the non-boring parts of my schooling, with a smattering of my upbringing and personal interests mixed in.
I’ve worked as a photojournalist and journalist for the past 25(ish) years. When not working directly in the field, I continued to freelance. I’ve worked in IT, web development, radio, and communications when not working for a newspaper.
I am a Husband and Dad too (or maybe first and foremost). Four kids, or as I call it 2/3rds of a starting line up for a hockey team. I think Ottawa might need the help, I know my Buffalo Sabres still do. Ask me 25 years ago if I thought I’d be a dad and I would have called you crazy and ordered another round of beers. Ask me now and there is nothing I’d rather be. Personal policy of mine is I don’t write very much about my kids online nor do I identify them much. Too many creeps out there.
As for all of the above, I am not perfect. Not even close. I have made, and continue to make, mistakes. I try to learn from them and not repeat them. I try better at admitting them and fixing them. I keep trying, which is better than being trying – just ask my wife.