Sunday, July 6, 2008

The book told me to do it

After years of talking about writing my own software for a living, rather than writing software for others, I’ve made the decision to go for it.

A number of things have brought this on, age being a major contributor. As I approach the ripe old age of 40 I told myself it was just another number, nothing special. But there is something about that number which compels to continually remind you that it’s coming and that it’s a turning point. The more you hear this the more you think about where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re going. So I thought, and pondered, and thought some more. On a personal level things are great and have been for a long time. Work life was a different matter. I’ve mostly enjoyed getting to where I am, and it has provided numerous benefits over the years, but it’s not what I really wanted to do, want to do or want to continue doing.

Writing software is my passion and aways has been. From my first computer, a Commodore VIC-20, to the three PC's sitting under my desk at home I've always enjoyed it. I enjoy the problem solving challenges, the bug hunting and fixing and developing something new from nothing. Professionally I've gone from mainframe development to low level PC development.

With the exception of one application my coding has almost exclusively been for others. That one application was a small developer tool which I used to dip my toe in the Independent Software Vendor (ISV) world. Hugely enjoyable, a lot of work and a number of surprises.

Now I want to code for me. I want to develop and sell my own software.

I don't want to be a large software development house. I'm going Micro.

I don't want to make vast sums of money, although I wouldn't turn it away, but hopefully a bit more than I currently earn.

Oh, the book that told me to do it! I'm referring to starting a blog.

The book Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality suggests using a blog for a number of reasons. One is to help keep you focused on what you're doing.

So, I'm going to use the blog to chart progress, failures, problems and to yell at things every now and then.

If anyone out there ever reads it, maybe there will be some comments too.


Anonymous said...

I wish you good luck!


Anonymous said...

Thanks Peter!

Noble Bell said...

I wish you look Patrick. I have also read that book. Excellent! I have not gone the Empower route but am using different tools to hopefully arive at the same success you are hoping for. You can check out my site and product here if you would like:

I am interested in reading your progress here. Keep it up.

Bob Walsh said...

And the book will set you free.

(At least that was my intention in writing it and Clear Blogging! :))

Good luck!
Bob Walsh

P.S. Stop by sometime at It's the 2.0 version of