The Beginning

The Beginning

Justin Bias bio photo By Justin Bias

A New Adventure

I’ve wanted to start a blog for a very long time now - years probably, if I’m being truthful. And if I’m also being truthful, I might as well admit that the only real reason I hadn’t until now was due to paralyzing fear that I wouldn’t do it perfectly. I’d find myself trapped in my own head over-analyzing every little detail that I knew I’d have to do perfectly or I would simply fail.

So what broke my paralysis?

Well, I was fortunate enough to present a session(plus repeat) at VMworld 2016 as well as the October Boston VMUG UserCon, and it really pushed me out of my comfort zone. Between those presentations, my activity on Twitter, and my volunteering as a customer reference for VMware SDDC technologies, I gathered up the courage to apply to the vExpert program for 2017. Then, to my own amazement, I actually made it in!

The caliber of intelligence and discussion within the vExpert group is simply out of this world. It’s an amazing group full of talented, knowledgeable, and helpful people. I quickly learned that many vExperts started their blogs as a way to curate their own knowledgebase - keeping track of bugs and problems they’d previously encountered and found a resolution to. So I thought, “That’s an outstanding idea!”, and realized it’d be the perfect starting goal for my own blog. I’ll have a place to track all the problems I come across, all the troubleshooting, and all the conversations with Support. Hopefully, by keeping this information in a public website, I’ll be able to help fellow virtualization administrators, engineers, and architects like I’ve been helped so many times before by visiting personal blogs.

With all that in mind, here I am, taking a small step toward something I’ve wanted to do for ages. Hopefully I’ll be successful with this endeavor, but even if I’m not, I’m sure it’ll be a positive learning experience and I’ll come out better for it on the other side.

Shoutouts!

Seriously want to send some love out to Ariel Sanchez and AJ Kuftic for inspiring me into this new adventure. Chatting with those guys really helped me get over my fear of starting a blog imperfectly, and to just get up and start doing something.