The first program that a beginning programmer ever learns to write is very simple, it just displays the words "Hello, World!" Seems like a good title for the first blog post.
My first Hello, World! program was in C++ in 1994. This may not seem like a long time ago to some of you guys, but I was 9 year old. I've been programming ever since.
Why I'm Writing
For one, I'm starting this blog to chronicle things for myself. I've learned a ton over the last year, running a startup, and it'll be interesting to see why I considered insightful, next year. For two, there aren't a lot of CTO musing out there that I can find, so you might find some interesting thoughts on scaling web applications here. Third, I'd like people to read it. There's a certain amount of social proof that comes along with having a well-read blog, so I'll try to be as insightful as possible so that people think I'm cool.
Yes. I'm blogging so people think I'm interesting. :-p
I'm a tech guy for sure, so I could conceivably use any number of blogging platforms to write this thing, from Blogger to Typepad to writing it up in static HTML pages. Honestly, I'm doing this on a whim, and I'm using Typepad because (1) I've heard of it, and (2) my co-founder at Athleon, Brent, uses it and I figure he probably did his research and I trust his opinion, so it must be the best one. This is highly unscientific, but if you're looking for double-blind studies or multivariate testing, you should wait for a few blog posts in. :-)
What I'll Say
Some technical stuff. I have a BS in Electrical Engineering and have been coding since age 9, so things are bound to contain some basic math. I did terribly in differential equations, though, so we're talking multivariable calculus and below.
Some history stuff. I read about a book a week, and I love history, so you're bound to get a few WWI or War of the Roses references. I swear by the book Generations by Strauss and Howe, so you'll get a good dose of pop sociology too.
Economics, maybe lots of it. I'm interested in markets and rational consumers more than those pop-economics books by Malcolm Gladwell (Blink, Tipping Point, World is Flat). You'll get more Malthus that you'd like. So it goes.
(Yes, that was a combination Thomas Malthus/Kurt Vonnegut reference. Expect more of them.)
And I'm starting a company. There's bound to be some interesting things from that. In fact, if I haven't read anything interesting that I can comment on from Fred Wilson, or Josh Kopelman, or Andrew Chen, I'll probably say something about the startup.
Let's get started.