I’m taking a vacation. usually people say a “much needed vacation”, or a “long overdue vacation”, but in my case it’s just a vacation. My new job is keeping me interested, engaged and I’m having fun – truthfully, I can’t wait to get back, but it will be nice to spend some time with the family for a few weeks.
I do think that I need a break from the blogosphere and twittterville. I’m immensely excited about the number of new test blogs and test tweeters appearing these days, but I’m sort of bothered by the lack of advancement in testing ideas – it seems that people just keep on talking about the same things over and over, and keep on rehashing old arguments or statements rather than exploring new test ideas. I get it – if you do stuff wrong, it doesn’t work. There are no silver bullets. Testing is hard. Don’t insult my intelligence by telling me those things again. Even if you use all caps or new metaphors, it’s the same statements again and again and I’m getting bored.
I’ve (almost) always taken a high road with my community participation. I sometimes see popular testers tell half-truths or exaggerate their accomplishments in their diatribes to the masses, but it doesn’t seem right for me to call them out and set the record straight (even if I frequently wish someone else would). I’m not about to make every post a rant, but may not bother to try to appeal to a wide part of the testing population either. I guess the point is that I’m not seeing what I want out of the community or my own blogging, so I’m hoping that by not reading or writing blogs or tweeting for the next few weeks that I’ll figure out what I want. If not, I’ll just take more time off until I figure it out.
Feel free to leave comments – if you haven’t commented on this blog before, comments may sit in the moderation queue for a while. The rest will go through unedited until I get around to playing with the internet again.
Edit – 3:00pm, July 19
It doesn’t matter who I’m referring to above – if you think I’m talking about you, I probably am not talking about you – unless you’re sure I’m talking about you, then you’re only probably wrong.
Also – I’d like to point out that I’m a huge fan of all testers actively engaging and learning about the craft. Groups like weekend testers and individuals who explore new approaches are high on my “love” list. Also note that many who think they are actively learning and engaging actually aren’t doing either. If this statement bothers you, please refer to the above paragraph.