So finally, I've managed to pull this off. The idea of launching my website first occurred to me perhaps fifteen years ago and I might have started couple of times but never finished. Two essential ingredients were missing – content and technology.
As for the technology, I was never a big fan of those very plain websites. I always wanted my page to have appealing design and some cool functionality. Creating such sites, however, used to be complex, at least more complex that I was ready to tolerate. That was until the arrival of new generation web-based site builders, of which SquareSpace – the one running this website – offered the right mix of simplicity and flexibility that finally got me sold (and started).
As for the content, there's always been plenty – but too varied and mixed to make me confident I know the message I want to spread through my website. This has changed too, with my focus now firmly on research and development in intelligent transport systems, the topic to which I always felt attracted but on which I could focus full time only relatively recently.
So what do I expect from my web site? First, I hope it to give me space to express some of my thinking on the ICT-enabled future of transport and mobility (and yes, I do believe in radical transformation here). The sort of thinking too informal for a scientific publication but too complex to cultivate solely in my head. Writing should help.
Second, largely by doing the first, I hope to gradually build an audience – researchers, technologists, entrepreneurs, policy makers or just enthusiasts – that would provide reflection on my thinking and from which collaborators for future endeavours of all kinds could possibly be recruited.
Both goals require that I maintain my momentum and keep up writing. Only time will tell whether my motivation and determination will prove strong enough. But for now, let me stop and enjoy the self-satisfying feeling that after years of procrastination, Milestone 1 has been achieved -- my website is live!