Because when push comes to shove 40 hour weeks can only account for the time I spent at work Monday to Wednesday, weekends are but mere suggestions, and I occasionally spend 12 hour days just arguing with people twice my age to ensure that my system works properly. Since I am passionate about my work and have what I believe to be a strong moral compass, being confronted with individuals who are blowing smoke up my ass day in and day out so they can make a quick buck is extremely disenchanting. I think perhaps it is right of passage to adulthood to have the pleasure of a grown man looking you in the eye and lying about something that matters. And I think it is a right of passage to becoming a responsible adult to learn when and how to tell people you fucked up.
As much as I have ideas brewing, and opinions I want to share, I have to admit that in weeks like these I just come home and collapse in my bed, and only get up in time to go to work again (in less than 7 hours).
At the same time, I hate and love every moment. Every time I find out somebody has screwed me over, I also know that I've caught a mistake before it causes damage. And I know every moment that I need to stay up, every person I need to yell at, every person I have to take yelling at me, I know it's all worth it. And I don't want to risk loosing the ability to catch those errors.
And that is why I think most other serious engineers tend to stay away from blogging. Not because we can't write, nor because we don't have opinions. Writing in a public forum is a risk, and one with outcomes that cannot be accurately calculated. It's exactly what we are trained to avoid. And the risk of getting caught couldn't be higher; our dream of being able to continue to create is at stake.
Yet I still am writing. Maybe because I'm crazy, maybe because I think it's important that people know that engineering is more than sitting on your butt and collecting a big pay check, and maybe it is because I believe that discussing issues that plague our industry is the only way to fix it. But either way, I'm going to keep on blogging and making crappy stick figures (at least for the near future).
PS Why do you think we don't have more active engineering blogging community?