"The Almost Engineer" Explanation
You probably are wondering how did Kenny come up with The Almost Engineer name. Kenny works (and according to some live in) in the engineering-related field of Computer Science, has great problem solving skills, and enjoys fixing things instead of paying someone else to do it for him. However Kenny has a Business degree from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) instead of an engineering degree, thus almost being an engineer. This is explained further in the video below.
IT (Information Technology) Professional
Kenny's day job is working as an IT professional. He has years of experience in building web based applications and providing software support. When you create or maintain software for a living, often times you will reuse the same code over in multiple projects. By using a blog, you can search for that code snippet and copy and paste it in. In addition, it assists other developers with their coding projects, as it may be exactly what they are looking for.
Growing up, Kenny enjoyed playing with Legos as they allowed him to create whatever his mind could come up with based on the parts that he had. As an adult, he does have some Lego sets that are for decoration and not much for play.
Gardening started as a hobby for Kenny. After having some seasons of little success and being able to literately taste the fruits of my labor, Kenny decided to expand his green thumb skill set. Thanks to social media, Kenny found other that some friends and former classmates also had an interest in gardening and they were looking for help. After attending a class at a local urban farm about gardening, it occurred to him that a blog could be used as a journal to track my successes and failures.
Information about the garden is based on conditions of USDA growing Zone 8a, located in the southeastern United States. That being said, the recommendations and suggestions that are made on this blog are for this growing zone and are not guaranteed to work in other growing zones. However, please do feel free to experiment in your garden and share your experiences.
Why Does Kenny Blog?
- you learn from your past mistakes
- others can learn from your mistakes before they make them
- you will forget what you previously did, but a quick search of the blog will provide the refresher that you need to keep going.
Originally, Kenny started blogging on Blogger in 2010. After several years of a having the blog there, the blog was converted to Drupal 7. At the time of this switch, Kenny was using Drupal 7 on a number of websites that Kenny was building and maintaining. So it made sense to use it for his personal use.
In 2019, Kenny converted the blog again from Drupal 7 over to MkDocs. The reason for this conversion was because he found myself spending more time performing maintenance updates than writing content. He outlines this more in his post on switching from Drupal to MkDocs.
Blogs I Read
In addition to writing here, Kenny also reads the blogs of others. Below are the most common ones that he reads. Before you ask, they do not provide any kickbacks or monetary support for him listing links to their blog.
- Ardalis is Steve Smith
- Atishay Jain
- Dotnet Playbook
- Goal Keeping DBA
- Scott Hanselman
- Shawn Wildermuth
- Simple Programmer
- The Best C# Programmer In The World
- The Bipolar Buzz
- The Reformed Programmer
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