I’ve been thinking whims lately, which seems like something I shouldn’t be allowed to do. It seems counterintuitive to ponder whims, but so does putting two silent letters in your domain name and that didn’t stop me from registering KnightKnetwork.com. I believe in the power of whims, the human mind is always working and sometimes it’s processing things on a subconscious level that bubble to the surface in what seems like a totally random fashion. Ignoring your whims can lead to missed opportunities, don’t dismiss them immediately because some of them might be gems or at the very least lead you to learn something.
I guess I should include a disclaimer that blindly following whims is a bad idea too, but with a little bit of thought and self awareness you’ll be able to tell if your whim to start a social networking site for the Amish is likely to be a success. Actually, I think this could pay for itself in ads if it was funny enough. I’m actually tempted to do this… the power of the whim! Most of my whims have flopped, but some succeed in one way or another and I still haven’t given up on others. My most successful whim, and the one I’m most thankful that I followed was launching ProgrammerDay.info. I had written the date down in my calender at work so I wouldn’t forget it again and I realized that there wasn’t a good place to go for information, even the wikipedia article had been deleted. So being the whimsical person that I am, I registered a cheap .info domain that was available and threw up a quick site. The results were amazing and it really made me appreciate my fellow programmers and how much we have in common no matter where we’re from, more on that in a later Thanksgiving post.
What I hadn’t really anticipated and another reason I’m so thankful that I’ve followed this whim, is that I’m getting to interact with some very helpful and interesting people as I try and prepare for next year. Finding sponsors and getting advice from those more knowledgeable and more successful has been enlightening and very fun for me. I need to write some thank you e-mails to go along with these posts!