A day or so ago I was so inspired by my blossoming number of professional networks, and what I am learning from colleagues spread all over the world, that I drew a picture of what it looked like and posted it on my SLJ Blog.
One of the comments I received referred to my use of Inspiration for the diagram. Why would someone who advances open source or Web-based applications choose to use a commercial app?
Thing is, I started the diagram on a Web-based app, one I knew I could master in an hour or so. But because I was eager to quickly capture what I was brainstorming, I went back to a product on my desktop that I knew very well.
What is interesting here is that before I posted, I felt a wee bit of guilt. When I woke up next morning to discover the critical comment, I initially felt even more guilty.
But wait a minute! Can we not be very excited about the cool Web-based applications that emerge each day and continue to use those commercial applications that have served us so well for so many years?
Must I closet my use of solid commercial software today in the same way I hid my makeup from my most ardent feminist friends in the 70s?