This is the first blog post on my new blog! In this post I would like to explain what the purpose of this blog and website is and why I created it. I’ve set up this website because I wanted “my own space” on the Internet. There are three main reasons for that:

1. Contribute to the general knowledge of the Internet

This is a first and also fairly ambitious goal. When I’m developing software or doing some other task, the Internet (and it search engines) are my best friends and my main source of information. When I run into a problem, most of the time I use the ‘general knowledge’ on the Internet to solve it. When I’m buying a new gadget, I look for user reviews and opinions on the Internet to make the best buy. And after making use of this knowledge for so many times, I decided to give something back to ‘the Internet’.

I will do this by posting tutorials, how-to’s, reviews, specifications, solutions to problems I run into… on my blog. So my blog doesn’t really have a fixed subject and that is how I want it. It is made to be indexed by search engines and for people querying the knowledge of the Internet to be found.

2. One space to rule them all!

A second purpose of this web space is creating one single website where people can find me. With all those different social networks I have a lot of different profiles on different sites. So when I meet new people, this is a recurring scenario: “Let’s keep in touch! This is my Facebook profile… and here is my Twitter profile… Oh and this is my LinkedIn profile and my e-mail…”. And after giving him a lot of links, I would still forget half of them. And personally I also think it is confusing that there are multiple pages (URI‘s) representing me on the internet.

So I wanted to create a space on the Internet where I could concentrate all these profiles and all the information about me. It will be like my personal social (media) hub. I will be integrating my social media profiles into this site and maybe I will experiment with creating a wall or something like that…

3. Representing myself on the Internet in my own way.

This final reason is somewhat related to the previous one. The limitation that social networks and other websites have is that you don’t have full control over your own profile and the content you provide. But with a site of my own, I do have full control: I can write what I want, in the layout that I want and when I want. And most importantly… I own every thing I publish (which is quite different in some social networks). I just wanted a place that comes with no tricks or large “Terms of agreement”.

But this site will also be about me, like a kind of ‘portfolio’ including (completed) projects. Maybe I’ll even add a gallery in the future…

I hope I can keep up maintaining this website and publishing (useful) content on it for many years. Nevertheless I wish you a happy reading!