As I mentioned yesterday, today is my 50th birthday. It seems like a day that I should spend reflecting on my life so far, and planning what to do with the next 50 years. And eating cake.
It’s hard to believe, but a good chunk of my adult life has been spent doing what I do every day – teaching about codes, learning about codes, trying to improve codes, and explaining how codes affect doors and hardware and how code-compliant openings help to keep building occupants safe. Although this was not part of my original life-plan, I have been immersed in this since way before iDigHardware was born.
Some days I ask myself…is my work making a difference? Are people listening, or am I talking to myself? Am I helping to make the world a better place, or at least making someone’s job a little easier? Will I leave behind something more valuable than my antique lock collection and my Adon Brownell books when I reach retirement age? Am I doing what I was born to do, or is there something else I should be moving toward?
The truth is…I DON’T KNOW! Most days, I love what I do, although there are moments when I want to just fill a backpack with necessities and run away from home (this may be partially due to motherhood). So I need some help from you…
Every so often I hear some random feedback that gives me a jolt of happiness and pride. Several years ago, the president of a manufacturer called me to say that he had traveled to Dubai and each customer he visited mentioned that they were readers of iDigHardware. A few weeks ago I saw the online profile of an architect, and in the spot for favorite websites, he said his favorite work-related website is iDigHardware (SERIOUSLY???). Almost 7 years ago, I mentioned in a post that I would be off-line the next day while my 4YO daughter had surgery, and was so touched to see a huge spike in the stats as people came to iDigHardware to see if I had posted any news. It is very fulfilling for me to engage with people and to help. If I can continue to do that, it will all be worthwhile.
So, here’s what I need from you. Talk to me. Tell me how iDigHardware has helped you in your work, or helped to solve a problem. How did you find the site (and me)? How do you use the information I post? And most important, what else can I do to make iDigHardware a more valuable resource for you and your coworkers? What’s missing? What could be improved? Should I expand to cover other topics? Have you had enough Wordless Wednesday photos yet?