I can't believe I'm starting a blog as I already go to bed each night wishing I had three more hours to get all my work done.

What do I want to accomplish on a blog? Well, I'm really not the type of person who is looking for a soapbox or to promote an agenda. In fact, I don't know when or if I'll even let anyone know about this blog. My main goal is to write for the sake of writing. I don't feel that I've ever been great writer, but I was OK. However, I think I've really fallen out of practice. I truly feel that writing is skill like any other: you can become proficient if you do it regularly, but it takes a lot work.

What is this blog going to be about? I'm not entirely certain, but I suspect it's going to be a mishmash, a variety of things. I have a lot of varied interests, and if there's anyone out therebwho shares all of them I'll be shocked. And I'll think that person is a little weird.

I'm an optometrist, but I don't think I'm going to write about eyes very much, or the politics of my profession. I'm not a very opinionated person, for one, and for two, I want this blog to be an escape from my work. If I do write about work it will most likely be the lighter side of the job.

I run a website for optometrists called EyeDock. This is a labor of love and I can see myself writing about aspects of the website. Or, more likely, about the technologies I've learned to use to create the website. Again, I'm an optometrist and have no authority to be writing about technology. I hope anyone reading this blog understands that the posts are largely academic exercises for my own benefit. And, perhaps, some will be a catalyst for discussion (hopefully not of the "you're an idiot, why are you writing about this?" variety).

What else? I've always enjoyed trying writing ( and lecturing) to explain complicated concepts to people unfamiliar with the subject matter. As a grad student I served as a class notetaker for many of my classes. I spent WAY too much time trying to digest the lecture materials and reassemble them into a text-book style narrative. It was a lot more work than I was expected to do, but boy did I learn the subject matter. So, again, writing these sorts of posts will largely be for my own personal benefit. However, if someone else finds value in them I'd be thrilled.

Something else I used to enjoy was drawing and painting. That's become difficult with a full time job, my website and other side projects, and my family. I keep thinking I'll at least try to do some doodles along with my text and post them here. However, as reluctant as I am to post my words in a public place, the idea of letting others critique artwork really gives me pause.

[ Ha - at first I didn't get a space between the words "me" and "pause" above and the computer wanted to change the line to "letting others critique my work gives me menopause.
See, those are the sorts of gems you'll be exposed to if you read my blog!]

So, if you happened to stumble onto the nerdiguy blog, welcome. If you think everything I write is interesting, well, I'll have some concerns about your tastes, but thank you!

AuthorTodd Zarwell