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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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Nobody is really smart enough to program computers. The only way you'll ever succeed as a software developer is through humility and the Zen concept of beginner's mind: approaching everything as if you were seeing it for the first time. Most of all, that means not being afraid to ask the stupid questions.

Jeff Atwood



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Blog Statistics

Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 12/8/2017

Totals
Posts - 2465
Comments - 2567
Hits - 2,005,630

Averages
Entries/day - 0.47
Comments/entry - 1.04
Hits/day - 380

Updated every 30 minutes. Last: 6:50 AM Pacific


  06:11 AM

Jeez, I totally missed it: this blog just turned 10—my first entry was on June 27, 2003. I had previously used Livejournal but found that (at the time) they had no search facility. And I needed a coding project to accompany a writing project I was on, and hey, how hard could it be?

The entries have wandered around a bit through coding, writing and editing, family news, and other topics (see the Categories list over there on the left). This has reflected, among other things, job changes. The blog has also accreted a variety of blogging-related features, like a blogroll, trackbacks, an RSS feed, a Google AdSense box, a Facebook Like button, and so on—a microcosmic revue of blogging trends.

The actual code that runs the blog is a rat's nest, tho as recently as this weekend I was still poking around in it to make changes. (I would never wish that onto anyone else, gah.) Nonetheless I find it fun even now to wallow around in the code and add some small improvement.

What a learning experience it's been.

The volume has fallen off, as happens. I have a couple of other, more-focused blogs, and I contribute to a gang blog at work. And there's Facebook. One thing that hasn't changed is my tendency toward blather. Thank goodness there's the Internet, eh? :-)

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