Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Milestone Moment - Four Years and 700 Posts

This is my 700th post to this blog. The first post was February 11, 2006. Man does that seem like a lifetime ago. Back then I was traveling around with Harry Brelsford and Beatrice Mulzer, putting on the new SBSC hands-on labs. Do you remember when the SBSC program was new?

Let's see . . . 48 months means almost 15 posts per month. Holy smokes Batman.

Now I'm looking to a future in the clouds, working on the Cloud Services Roundtable, and playing with a super-super cool new server technology from Microsoft. Life keeps evolving.

My personal life has changed a lot - as I'm sure yours has. My daughter was in Jr. High back then. Now she's about to graduate high school. Gulp.

I traveled a lot in the last four years. Mostly Europe and the U.S. I've met thousands of consultants from all over the world. I am very grateful for the relationships I've built, both personal and professional. I've spoken at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, SMB Nations of various kinds, Microsoft Offices in other countries, and crowds from 10 people to 600+.

It's been a wild ride and I've loved. it.

Thank you to the SMB Community for engaging me and making me feel welcome in your homes, your pubs, your clubs, and your bookshelves. I look forward to meeting even more of you in the years ahead.

On the content side, I know I've been distracted over the last few months. But I'm getting back in the swing of things.

So for now, I'm going to forge on and see if we can come up with 700 more blog posts that cover more than what I'm eating for lunch today.

A request for connections

Many people have not spent any time on Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social media. I highly encourage you to reconsider and give it a try.

In the last year I've realized that I do as much "micro blogging" on social media as I do regular blogging here.

There are two key components to handling social media:

1) Don't try to keep up or catch up. The conversation goes on and on in the background whether you're following it or not. Don't ever try to catch up because you won't. And don't worry about it. No one expects that you will have read every syllable that's posted on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Tim O'Reilly refers to this as the ambient awareness of what's going on.

2) Set aside a small amount of time and let yourself enjoy a few minutes every day in the social media world. Don't get carried away. Don't live there. But do participate.

Facebook is tied neck and neck with Google for the #1 site on the internet. As millions of people a week sign on, it will overtake Google very soon.

Your clients are there and you should be too.

Please follow me on Facebook at

But don't worry, I'll still be blogging and you can always catch me here.

Now let's see . . . 701 . . .


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