I think a great question would be: what would you REALLY like to be  
doing? And I'm meaning that professionally, not "I'd rather be  
sailing/sleeping/drinking a beer." Pretend that the daily niggling  
bits of the job are gone and money is no object -- what would you do?


Quoting Matt McCollow <[log in to unmask]>:

> "Why not? Why not? Why not not, then, if the best reasoning you can  
> contrive is why not?" - David Foster Wallace
> I do what I do because I like learning how things work, taking  
> things apart and seeing what makes them tick. I like taking an idea  
> I have and making something with it, and I like taking things that  
> are broken and making them work. I think if I hadn't gone down the  
> developer path, I might have liked to be a mechanic.
> Matt McCollow
> Web Developer
> Mills Library, McMaster University
> On 2011-09-28, at 1:44 PM, Eric Hellman wrote:
>> I think it's a good question, worth asking about *every* dev  
>> position being hired for.  I would be interested to hear an answer  
>> from others on the list. In fact, I think the price of putting a  
>> position announcement on Code4lib should be a willingness to answer  
>> "why?". And "why not?" is a pretty pathetic answer.
>> For me, I'm doing what I'm doing because I think it's important and  
>> because no one else is doing it. I hope there are many other with a  
>> similar answer.
>> Eric

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