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1. Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals
My Big, Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs) are:
- Revolutionize computer science education by making it highly
individualized and experiential. - Become a world-famous expert on creating systems for planning one's life. Instead of pushing a particular methodology, I'd like to work with people's current ways of planning, suggesting improvements and software/hardware to support their life.
I'm at the 1st Philippine Blogging Summit right now with my BHAGs firmly in mind. It's _amazing._
The first person I talked to was J. Angelo Racoma, an old friend from my BBSing days. After chatting about blogging, talk turned to what we're both up to. He told me about his work at http://i.ph . I told him about my BHAGs.
It turned out that his wife is into tutoring, and one of the things they're planning to do in the future is set up a tutoring portal to help students, parents and tutors find each other. Neato. That looks like a great fit for what I want to do. =)
As I explained my BHAG for teaching and training to him, I realized that one of the things I really, really, really care about is quality assurance for teachers and tutors. I firmly believe that it's not just about technical knowledge, but it's also about teaching and communication skills. I don't think we're paying enough attention to that, and I think that's a compelling sales point.
I also got to meet Gabriel Narciso.
He started by asking me if I was still into open source. Of
course! He then asked me if there was a native version of
Let's say that again. Wow!
_That's_ why you should practice talking about your BHAGs until you can squeeze it into a small-talk conversation. Joey Gurango told us how wannabe entrepreneurs would give him two-inch-thick business proposals and expect him to have the time or interest in reading them. He said that's entirely the wrong way to do that. You start with your 90-second elevator pitch. You get people interested. Then you go for your executive summary--the shorter, the better. You get people hooked. When you get them hooked, _then_ you hit them with the business proposal.
BHAGs work the same way. Refine them until you get a sound bite. Say it with confidence and passion. Get them hooked. Explain the rest over lunch another day!
コンピューターが使えたらもっとお金をもらえるかもしれないのに。 They might pay me more if I could use a computer.
2. Structuring content
What do I write about that other people might find useful/interesting?
- Emacs-related stuff
- Personal information management and productivity
- ShortStories and FlashFiction
- Teaching reflections (haven't been posting anything on this lately)
How do I currently organize things?
- <notes> tag and cross-referencing notes on a topic page
- Emacs-related stuff: emacs, planner, PlannerMode, EmacsHacks, EmacsTips
- PIM and productivity: LifeHacks
- Teaching reflections: TeachingReflections, TeachingIdeas
- Topic-related RSS feeds: ../wiki/emacs.rdf, ../wiki/planner.rdf, ../wiki/education.rdf, ../wiki/flash.rdf
However, my wiki is not as organized and easy-to-read as it can be. It's difficult for people to find Emacs-related code and posts, for example. There are a lot of posts all over the place. I need to make it easy for people to browse titles so that they can get an idea of the things I blog about as well as spot something possibly useful. Articles should also be linked to previous articles in the same topic.
The "Recent topics" thing in my sidebar is a good start. That way, people who visit my page instead of using an aggregator will be able to see a list of posts even if I skip days.
Hmmm... I wonder how I can improve the way things are organized, not only for people who read this on my site but also for people who aggregate things...
コンピューターのおかげで多くの時間と手間が省ける。 Computer save us a lot of time and trouble.
"We all know Linux is great...it does infinite loops in 5 seconds." (Linus Torvalds about the superiority of Linux on the Amsterdam Linux Symposium)
I'd love to hear about any questions, comments, suggestions or links that you might have. Your comments will not be posted on this website immediately, but will be e-mailed to me first. You can use this form to get in touch with me, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org .