It’s useful to take time to reflect on why you do the things you do. Today I took a little of that time and decided to look once again at the original post that Dave Laribee wrote when coining the term Alt.Net. It’s a great reminder of what Alt.Net is all about and why I’m involved in it – in fact, if you haven’t read it go to and have a look for yourself. Right now. Go on! You can always navigate back here when you’re done.

Specifically, Dave writes this: When tools, practices, or methods become mainstream it’s time to get contrarian; time to look for new ways of doing things; time to shake it up.

So ask yourself this question: What am I doing to either make my current “contrarian” tools, practices and methods mainstream? And what am I doing to innovate and improve the practices, tools and methods I use that I consider mainstream?

It’s something to think about, isn’t it :-)