Whew !!

Posted on 12/23/2006 @ 1:10 AM in #Non Techie by | Feedback | 2096 views

Whew !! I finally have a place to maintain all my content. That would be my blog – http://blah.winsmarts.com.

As mentioned before, various categories on my blog feed this page here - http://www.winsmarts.com/Writing.aspx. This way, any article I write, any speaking engagement I may have, is maintained through this one source – my blog.

So why the "Whew!!"?

Because, finally the content migration is over. I am quite sure that in being disorganized over the last year, I must have missed out on posting a few speaking engagements, and articles that I may have written – but I tried to get most of them here. Either way, all future content will now be easy to maintain, and thus will be documented appropriately.

This probably produced a barrage of blog posts. Sorry about that, and thanks for putting up with this one time content movement.

Important points of mention

  • In this barrage of posts, I wanted to bring out this post here: SharePoint 2007 for ASP.NET 2.0 Developers: Part 1 & Part 2. This is a series of articles that just got published. If you are an ASP.NET 2.0 developer, and wanted to get a taste test of SharePoint 2007 – you must read these articles.
  • I have setup the following additional sections on my blog:

Books Authored: http://blah.winsmarts.com/Books_Authored.aspx
Books Reviewed: http://blah.winsmarts.com/Books_Reviewed.aspx
Articles Written: http://blah.winsmarts.com/Articles_Written.aspx
Speaking: http://blah.winsmarts.com/Speaking.aspx

These are fairly straightforward, but I wanted to take a moment and talk a bit about Book Reviews. Here are my policies for reviewing a book:

  • Publishers, Authors have in the past asked me to review their books. Or I may have picked one up from Barnes and Noble and read through it. If I dislike the book, I will post no review. Yes, you heard that right. It takes a lot of work to write a book, I'm an author, and I speak out of experience. I just cannot convince myself to bad mouth anyone who has gone through that effort. I know many of you will disagree with my stance on this, but this is my final decision: If I dislike a book, there will be no review.
  • Book reviewing is serious business. This affects your money spending. This affects buying a specific book versus its competitors. I am going to therefore clearly disclose with each published review, what my association with the book was. Was I solicited to review by the author or publisher? Did I pick the book from a shelf at a bookstore? Or was I on the review team of the book. In each review, I will clearly state my association with the book. It's only fair.

Holy moly, I'm tired. Off to snoresville..

Sound off but keep it civil:

Older comments..

On 12/30/2006 5:33:52 AM Roland said ..
RE: Book review pocily

What this means is that having past the stage of pupil, you are not ready to consider yourself a teacher. At some later point in life -when you have published a couple of more books- you will want to offer advice. There will come a time you will get a draft so bad, it makes you laugh and vomit at the same time more and more with every page that you read. You will, trust me. And the only decent response will be; "Sir, your 'book' is a piece of crap." ;-)

On 12/31/2006 12:26:13 AM Sahil Malik said ..
Roland, if it convinces you, there have been publishers who have cancelled entire books because I, the reviewer, thought they were a peice of crap. It still doesn't make sense criticizing them in front of everyone.

Criticism's sole purpose should be "self improvement for the criticized ". Unfortunately, it always puts the criticized on defensive, and the more public it is, the more defensive he gets.

Criticism belongs in private, and done in a constructive manner. So yes, if I dislike a book - there will be no public review. :)

On 1/1/2007 12:21:09 AM Roland said ..
You are right, of course. A bad public review can prevent someone for trying a second time, a third time, or how many attempts are needed to get it just right.

Still, your next book will be a lot better if you let a non-native speaker of U.S. English review it. As up can see; Yes! I am still mad for not being allowed to read your drafts and having to go to a regular shop to buy my own copy. ;-)

Take care, my digital friend.

On 1/1/2007 7:56:59 AM Sahil Malik said ..
LOL. I like your exclusionary author style :).

I have no plans of writing another one just yet, but maybe sometime in the future.