In a couple of weeks, I'll be celebrating my 6 month blogaversary. Sheesh, have I learned a lot in that time. I've talked to (and sometimes helped) a whole new bunch of customers, I've found several blogs from Exchange administrators that have provided for some great reading, I started the Exchange blog which is slowly gaining readership and sparking discussions inside the team, and overall have had a great time learning from everyone in the blogosphere and getting my team involved in said sphere.
One of the things I frequently come up against is the split of the readers and writers in this world (which is still fairly brave and new to me, but perhaps not to many of you). Obviously there's a whole lot of the developer types, and it's so exciting to see the vibrant community they have built and the relationships they have with each other. (I have a confession to make... I didn't know who Don Box was untill I started reading blogs.)
But unfortunately there aren't many of us who blog about IT issues (inside the company or out), at least that I have seen. I saw this post from Jonathan Hardwick that reminded me of a couple of things I've been meaning to talk about:
#1: MOM is a great product and the management pack for Exchange 2003 is available for free, which is nice. We had a team of folks working diligently throughout the Exchange 2003 product cycle to add logic in the e2k3 management pack that notifies administrators when care and feeding of the Exchange servers is needed. Jim was an intern on the management pack last summer (BTW, Jim, I was working on a different project last summer, which is probably why we never met... in the ship party photo I'm one of the leftmost people in black shirts and I'm the only one holding a 3 week old, if that helps ;-).
#2: If you blog about IT-related issues (let's limit it to server technologies for the moment, since OfficeZealot already does such a great job aggregating office blogs), add a comment here with a link to your blog. I'd like to at least get a list started, and then I'll figure out what to do with it.