It is fitting that my last blog entry for 2005 should focus on blogging. I think that years from now I will remember 2005 as the year when I started my personal blog.
In my very first entry, which was posted less than eight months ago on May 16, I said that I anticipated an exciting journey. It has been that and then some. For years I had resisted starting a blog because I thought that it would have been primarily an exercise in narcissism. But in the last year, I was frankly taken by surprise by the rise of blogging, and by the number of people I knew and respected who had started personal blogs. So, when colleagues at IBM encouraged me to start one myself earlier this year (when we launched the IBM blogging initiative), I finally took the plunge.