I have a Master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics. I’m also known to be a technical author with several technical publications in the form of books and articles. Besides, I'm an open source enthusiast and have coordinated or contributed to several projects. Currently, I maintain my projects on GitHub.
As a content provider on the internet, not only I publish on this technical blog, but also I'm a podcaster and publish audio podcasts on Mash This.
Trying to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, I'm a pescetarianist and exercise almost everyday. I’m an avid runner, soccer defender, and tennis player. I also have an interest in fashion.
We all have our own special indicators of time to feel how fast it flies and these indicators may be our birthdays or a special event that reoccurs every year. For me, one of these indicators is my blog’s birthday anniversary especially because I started this blog in early 20’s and have spent the most important years of my life with it and reading my archive is a good reflection of what I’ve been through in life.
Today marks the 6th anniversary of my blog and I guess that it is old enough to show that my blog has become very mature. When I go back and check how things changed on this blog every year (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010), I see the progress that I’ve had in my professional and personal life and how I learned new things and could become better and more mature in different ways. As one simple example, when I go back and compare my English language skills in 2005 with now, I can notice the differences. This has been one of the main advantages and most enjoyable aspects of blogging in a long time that I can go and read my archive to remember the past.
Although the level of activities had gone low on this blog for almost two years, I think that in the past couple of months I’ve been able to reactivate it to some extent and I hope that I can continue this progress in the coming months and years as well, however, this is a normal phenomenon in all blogs with a certain age to have their own high and low points. But what I am happy and proud of is that despite all the difficulties in my life in these critical years, including my undergraduate program, military service, moving process to the US, and now the doctorate program, I never stopped this blog and let it die.
This is 1082nd post on this blog and I think that I can safely assume that there aren’t many blogs on the web with this age and number of posts. As you can notice from the archive, more recently longer posts with original content have replaced the older type of content here that was relying more on technical articles, tutorials, tips, and tricks. Besides this, the average number of blog posts per months has been relatively fewer than the first few years of blogging. This is in part because now I focus more on writing original content, and also because I try to put my efforts more into quality rather than quantity. Permanent deletion of my Facebook account has helped me have more time to spend on more productive tasks like this blog, too.
Unlike my old tradition that I was going over the major highlights of events happened in the past year on this blog, I don’t have much to say this year because I’ve maintained a stable structure with the same template and blog engine, however, the only highlights are about upgrading Behistun, my blog engine, to ASP.NET MVC 3.0 and moving to Windows Azure and the minor data loss that I had on SQL Azure that fortunately, I could manage in the end.
Passing this important milestone in my blogging, I’m working on a new project that is very enjoyable and funny for me and hopefully, I’ll write more about it in the coming weeks as soon as I can get my hands on the final design of the site.
In the end, I’d like to thank all my old and loyal readers for reading my blog and supporting and encouraging me with their feedback. Apparently, I couldn’t succeed in continuing this blog in the long time if there weren’t very good audiences that I could rely on.