Happy anniversary Tech Talks!

Tech Talks birthday cake

I can’t believe an entire year has passed. It seems as if it was just last week when I was tapping in the words of the first post we published here—Ok, not exactly one week, but not a long time ago. We’ve come a long way since then, and still have a long way to go. What started as a personal blog, reflecting the ramblings of the mind of a software engineer has now become a hub where thought leaders and innovators exchange ideas and opinion on how technology is changing our lives, for better or for worse.

To sum things up, when I started this blog, I wasn’t very sure what I was going to write about. But as we moved forward, the haze dissipated and it became clearer what we should be talking about—and it was in no small part thanks to the feedback I received from the thousands of people who were kind enough to visit my website and read the sometimes confusing posts that I write.

The post goal

I initially intended to publish one post a week, four posts a month and a total of 48 to 52 posts per year, each discussing one of the main tech topics of the day. But we ended up creating a total of 70 posts, an average of 6 posts per month.

I’d like to thank the guest contributors who made it possible to create so much wonderful content for the site. I really hope to see more of your writing in Tech Talks in the year to come. If you have a pitch, don’t hesitate to reach out.

The changing tagline

The name of the site—Tech Talks, obviously—remained consistent throughout the year. But the tagline went through some crazy changes. It first started as a bland “News and opinion by software engineer and freelance writer Ben D.”

Next it was changed to the more mystic “Where technology, philosophy and politics collide,” which largely reflects the topics that we tackle here in TT, but still misses to capture the entire idea behind the site.

The new and revamped “Technology solving problems… and creating new ones” is much more representative of the essence of discussions in TT. We are mostly interested in seeing how new and emerging technology is helping solve challenges we face in our everyday lives and business. But we’re also interested in discussing what new problems are created by these technologies. Examples include machine learning, IoT, big data, blockchain, encryption and a lot of other stuff that are transforming our live in ways that were inconceivable a few years ago.

Who knows what the next tagline will be?

Where do we go from here?

I really don’t know. Much is going to depend on feedback from you, the readers, and how things are going to evolve out there in the wild and unpredictable world of technology. Nonetheless I’m really excited about year two of Tech Talks and am looking forward to covering more topics and publishing more posts than before.

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