Starting fresh…

As I write this, I’m fully aware that this blog is hidden at a super secret URL (/blog) that nobody will find. I would have put off writing anything for a bit longer, but WordPress displays a really obnoxious (and poorly formatted) message when you don’t have any posts. I’ll probably write something else before this becomes the main entry page of the site.

So far, I’ve turned my previous site, which was entirely focused on my research work, into static pages. They need updating anyway, but I’ll get to that eventually. I kept the same theme, mostly because I love the colourful background.

But “starting fresh” isn’t entirely about the new site – I’m also about to generally start fresh in life. In a bit over a month’s time, I will have submitted my Ph.D., moved to a new country (USA), started a new job as a software engineer at Microsoft and restarted blogging (check!).

Every time I have this conversation, the job is what most interests people. I’ll talk about it in more detail later, but not this time.

As for the move, I’ve lived in Australia my entire life with the only exception being three months in the US last year for an internship. Moving for a more significant amount of time is a little intimidating, but having been over already makes it easier. Also, the support I’m getting from Microsoft is very helpful.

I’ll go into more detail on my plans for this blog in a later post, but as with previous efforts (under pseudonyms) it will be a mix of code, general development and possibly education. I’ve never been one for talking about my personal life (ref: my mostly blank Facebook page) but I may throw the occasional non-code post in (like this one).

That’s all for now. I don’t have a blogging schedule yet, but I will and I’ll be sticking to it, which probably means it will only be weekly. First, I need to figure out what to write about…