My first grain of Sand

I’m a man
I’m a geek
I’m a context driven tester

And this is my blog about testing, books and how I try to incorporate testing stuff into my private life.

I wanted to write a blog about testing and philosophy. I read many books about philosophy over the years and numerous books about testing.

But what have I to say about those things, that hasn’t been mentioned before ?
Who was I to write about testing in the the net, where all the smart guys live? Would they notice my little blog? Would I care? Would I want them to notice?
What if I failed ?

Today I’m not in the mood for blogging.
Today I’m in the mood to blog, but I have to cook.
Today I’m not feeling really well, maybe I have to wait another day.
Today I’m sick, I don’t feel like blogging.
Today I’m injured, I don’t want to blog.

This are sentences that you all know just as well as I, please feel free to replace blogging with whatever you want ;-) Like learning, working, writing, testing etc.

I’m reading a lot, 2-3 books a week at least. My book  bills are around 300 Swiss Franks per month.

And so it happened that I bought the book:

9 Out of 10 Climbers Make the Same Mistakes.

Do I climb ? No. Will I begin ? Hell yes! I’m going to have my first lesson on 05.27.2012, but that’s another story.

Dave MacLoed the author of the book, describes typical mistakes and you know what? Replace Climber with Tester and you will have a hell of a book.

Sure there is climbing related stuff in there, but mostly he’s speaking about general problems that we all have. Lack of motivation, fears, bad time management, pressure etc.

As you read earlier, I tried to convince myself that other stuff was more important than to write this blog. But in the end, those were all excuses

And why was that? Because of the fear to fail, and the fact that I was thinking about what other people may think if they read my blog.

Dave describes in his book the fear of falling. And how it can restrain the progress of a climber! He also mentions that failure is part of the process to become better.
Additionally he speaks about the fact that change is difficult, but necessary. And that the pressure coming from comparing yourself with others is a waste.

So here I am, without excuses without fear to fail, without the need to compare my blog with others. I will write about testing, books that I like and skills that help me to improve myself and my testing.


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