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Yes, I'm here.
"Hey! Your blogging has been seriously thin these past couple of months!"
Yeah.. I know. And I feel bad about that.
"What have you been doing instead?"
Well... Let me answer that question with a little bit of history...
In past years our team (Microsoft Across America - IT Pro / TechNet Presenter Lot) was primarily responsible for doing TechNet Events and TechNet Webcasts. That was about it. And then, because we were so amazingly awesome, we started being asked (and quite honestly, "tasked") to speak to usergroups, Campus Connection events, and what we call "cross-team" or "district / area-driven" events on behalf of Microsoft Partners or other entities within Microsoft. And.. again, because are really amazingly awesome, our calendars tend to fill up pretty quickly.
And it's not just the travel and the events themselves; it's the preparation for all the different presentations (study, slides, demos, etc.) This fills up the time that we're NOT on the road. Just ask my family.
(Believe me; I'm not complaining about that. I love what I do. Seriously.)
"So.. what you're saying is that you've been too-busy-to-blog?"
Yep. Pretty much.
"Is that going to change, or should I look for some other blog to read?"
It's going to change. I really really REALLY do love my job, but I love my family (and my sanity) even more. So unfortunately that means I'm going to have to learn how to say 'no' a little more often when it comes to scheduling my weeks and days full of speaking engagements.
And at the same time, the good news is that my team and company realizes that getting good information out to you all in a blog or screencast or podcast is also very valuable. So, you're going to be seeing a lot MORE of that from me and my team mates in the coming months.
"Oh yeah? Like what?"
Stay tuned... you're going to like what you see.
And as a postscript here, I did manage to get away for a couple weeks with my family and had a wonderful, relaxing vacation down in Florida. Granted, I was also speaking at a couple of conferences in Orlando.. but my team mates came through for me and let me spend more time with the family while they picked up more booth duty. BIG THANK YOU to Chris, Chris, John, and Keith. You guys are truly amazingly awesome!