On January 1st 2012, I was honored to hear about an award that is very special to me. I was notified that I had received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for community work in SharePoint.
Over the years, I’ve had the chance to learn quite a lot from recipients of the MVP Award, commonly referred to as MVPs or Microsoft MVPs. Clearly, they set a great example for me to follow in their footsteps.
I’ve learned from MVPs through answers to questions in online forums, excellent technical content published in blogs and books and helpful and entertaining presentations online and in person at events. Many lead technical communities such as SharePoint User Groups and SharePoint Saturday Organizations. I’ve tried to return the favor by doing much of the same.
I’m grateful to Microsoft for granting this award. However, my thanks now go to you, the blog reader.
The primary reward to me for sharing my technical experience through writing and presentations has always been the positive comments from those I’ve helped. This MVP award is a result of positive comments you and others have shared with the decision makers at Microsoft.
So thank you. Thank you for reading and attending my presentations. And thank you for telling me how I could improve. And thank you for telling others about the help I’m willing to give.
I haven’t had a chance yet to update it with all of the relevant community activity they give the space for. For now, you can refer to my recap of 2012 Community Activity blog post if you’d like to see where I’ve contributed by writing, speaking or leading.