Hi, my name is John Biddle and this is my blog. I’m 56 years old and reside in Florida with my wife.
I have a BA in Philosophy from Boston University and an MBA in Finance from the University of South Florida.
I was a cop in St. Petersburg, FL for 11 years and then worked in Information Systems for a total of 20 years at 3 large banks, the largest being JPMorgan Chase which I left in 2006.
My interests are varied, from reading and doing crossword puzzles to kayaking & maintaining a koi pond. My primary interests though, are computing and pocket billiards.
I thought that building this site would give me a chance to learn about creating and maintaining websites rather than just surfing them. It would also give me an opportunity to focus on pool in a more disciplined and organized fashion and share what I have learned about getting better.
I should tell you right up front that I am a good but not great player. I’ve never won a major tournament, nor do I expect to ever do so. But I am an intelligent and analytical person, and I take the game very seriously.
I have read more than twenty books, many twice, and scour magazines and the web for more instructional information. I have watched quite a number of instructional videos and expect to watch quite a few more.
Though I have only been playing for just 3 years (plus a couple months one semester in college over 35 years ago), I’ve gotten pretty good, and I think that my approach has helped me quite a bit and can help others as well.
I expect to learn as much about pool through this website as I’ll pass on to you. I aim for this site to be mutually beneficial, with me playing the student as often as I play the teacher.
I have big plans for this site, but I’ll be keeping much of it under wraps for awhile. It’s only me, so far, and I don’t want to promise more than I can deliver. I’ll be focusing on how to get better, and I expect to provide value to those at all ability levels, though obviously I have little to teach experts.
I’m going to experiment with a number of different technologies; nothing brand new, just new to me on the developer/administrator side. I have access to several very knowledgeable friends and relatives to bail me out if I get in over my head, so I don’t expect that to be a problem.
Keeping the site interesting and valuable so people want to come back regularly will require a constant stream of new, high quality content. I can’t possibly do it all, and am more than willing to provide a forum for you writers/teachers out there who either don’t have an appropriate outlet or need another one to reach the right audience. I’m a better editor than writer, so don’t let a concern for your prose stop you. There’s no money in it, at least for now, but money isn’t everything, right?
If you have an interest, or if you’d just like to provide me your feedback on my efforts so far, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.