Yesterday evening I spent some hours in doing something which turned out to be really simple -- once you know how to do it. I googled around quite a bit, but never found the information I really needed. Others had documented how to do it already, but never in a way I could use directly. And to make the experience even better, I hit a bug and google only came up with contradicting workarounds that were not guarenteed to work.
While reflecting on all this today, I thought about mailing what I had found out the other day to some of the authors google cam up with so my hard gained knowledge would not get lost. But some of the pages were mailing list entries, so no chance to add text there.
What about writing it down on a piece of paper and putting it on my desk? I might find it again one day when I need it, but as long as google doesn't index my desk, no one else can use it.
So today, when surfing the net in my lunch break and reading an article where the author referred to his blog I had an idea. When I put my knowledge in a blog, I can find it again when I need it, and so anyone else using google with the right keywords.
Registering for this blog was the easy part, now let's see how long it will take me to actually add useful information ...