This is not a rant

Meaw Meaw
A kitten that is obviously ranting :-)
Meaw Meaw by Sergiu Bacioiu.

I’m still here, I just have not had anything interesting to say lately. I have had a few drafts for a few different rants but I usually decide not to post them. Rants can of course be interesting and enlightening but in my case, I just did not feel like posting them in the end.

Most of what I read around the IT blogosphere are, in essence, rants. If a piece of text is not a rant, it is usually an article in a magazine or an advertisement for some new technology. Maybe my observation is wrong (it is most certainly very generalized) but if we hold on to the thought, and interesting question can be raised: Why is it like that? I do not have the answer, only further questions:

  • Is it simply easier to complain/critique stuff than to praise stuff?
  • Could it be that rants are more satisfying to write for the author?
  • Maybe the world is just generally dysfunctional and someone needs to remind us constantly that it is so?

It would be hypocrisy for me to say that I will stop ranting altogether. But if there is one thing I have learned this past year of doing contract work it is to count to ten, take a deep breath and think once more about the situation that is bugging me — and then complain if it makes sense to do so. There are almost always two ways of looking at things.


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