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The Guide of a MOSSLover Becky Isserman's Blog

Yep it's another 3 post day...My brain has too much filling  inside that wants to release itself in words today.  Either that or this is excess insanity due to rain and eating oreo cookie moose.  So it's no surprise that I want to be an MVP some day some of you may know this fact.  The question I have asked people is how do I get there?  So far I have tried to pick up a couple speaking gigs at the KC Office Geeks and I spoke at MOSS Camp in St. Louis.  I plan on speaking at any MOSS Camp in KC or St. Louis that will have me.  I am going to try and speak at the KC and St. Louis .Net User Groups when I can.  I have a CodePlex Project and I am writing a book.  A lot of this stuff I am doing, because I want to get out and become more extroverted.  So it's more of me trying to better myself, but it would be nice if I could reach some type of end goal like MVP some day.  So I guess my question to all you MVPs out there is what did you guys and do you guys still do to keep your MVP Status?  I am very curious.

Also, I would say some of the people that have inspired me in the past year to think about this goal would be Sahil Malik and Andrew Connell.  Although, someone who I think should be an MVP and is not, would be Michael Gannotti who just inspires me period to reach for the moon.  He has the coolest podcasts and webcasts.  Overall his blog seems like the easiest to understand and most user friendly out there...  The rest of you are pretty awesome too, especially those of you with blogs aggregating to SharePoint Feeds.  There is not a single day that goes by (including weekends) where I have not hit that site since the end of last April.  Thanks to all you guys who have inspired me to do better.

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Hey, I saw your post and think it is great that you are gunning for such a terrific goal. Keep up the hard work. I am sure that it will pay off.

Michael
Left by Michael on Apr 17, 2008 10:13 PM

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Hey,
It's a good goal.
I've always had an strong relationship with the people at Microsoft here in my country, and i've met a lots of MVPs.

It's never been my goal, i'm more the low profile kind of person, but a IT SuperStar in my work, you know what i mean ;)

I think you're doing a great job so far, and my advise (at least, for the way things work here with microsoft) is that you should go to the forums on technet/msdn and the newsgroups of sharepoint @ microsoft.com and help people. And go A LOT and reply A LOT. that way you'll be recognized.

That's one of the things they check (at least on Microsoft Colombia) and count to nominate people every year.

Good luck with that, and see you at twitter!!

PD. I so want to steal your domain :D hahahaha
Left by Maclau on Apr 19, 2008 11:47 AM

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You are the first person who has actually wanted to steal my domain name. My boyfriend likes to mock me and tell me how unoriginal I was when I created the name. I think it's something a lot of people will remember. Plus it's so much harder to spell out Becky Isserman or remember that.
That's a good idea. I try occasionally to post on the SharePoint Forums at MSDN. I think I am heading in the direction correctly, except for MSDN involvement. I am hoping CodePlex Projects, a book, and involvement in User Groups will outweigh the MSDN involvement part. I know some people don't post on user groups and forums. I'm always wondering if that's really important if you have the other things.
Left by MOSSLover on Apr 20, 2008 6:11 PM

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First, thanks for the comment :)

Second... just a comment: shooting for that as a goal might miss the point.

Now the meat: The MVP is an award given for your past contributions to the community for a specific product (for me, MOSS) over the previous 12 months. The award is only good for one year. The way I like to describe it is that its an award for what you do above and beyond your day job. How do you keep it? Do the same stuff. Some classic metrics are actively blogging ORIGINAL and useful content, helping others in the MSDN online forums, presenting at user groups, writing articles, participating in CodePlex projects (but this isn't nearly as important), etc.

Then, someone (MSFT employee / product MVP) notices and we nominate you. It isn't something you go out and request... it is something that just happens. That's when the whole analysis process starts.

Keep it up and best of luck!
Left by AC [MVP MOSS] on Apr 21, 2008 12:01 AM

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AC-
This is my take on the road to MVP:
I am helping out the community. If I receive an award it has some good perks, but I am not expecting to get that exactly. Maybe that's not why some people are doing it. Maybe they want recognition and that's all they want. How do they know that when looking at what the person did?

My question to you is what is the point to you?
Left by Becky Isserman on Apr 21, 2008 11:16 AM

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Well, having the MOSSLover domain name is a great start. :-) But .. love the product and the community around it, not the MVP status for it. That's an important distinction to remember. The MVP award, especially the one for SharePoint, has many benefits, but those benefits can be abused by people with agendas different from loving the product/community. Just keep doing what you're doing because you love it rather than shooting for the MVP award, and you will be an MVP sooner rather than later.

A few key things I look for in MVP candidates are listed at the TRC at http://MSSharePointCommunity.com/MVPs.

Lawrence Liu
Worldwide Community Lead for Microsoft SharePoint
Left by Lawrence Liu on Apr 21, 2008 12:21 PM

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Oh, and MikeyG can't be an MVP because he's a Microsoft employee. We've had a few SharePoint MVPs join Microsoft in the past year whose toughest tradeoff was their MVP status. :-) If Mike wasn't an MS employee, he would certainly be an exceptional candidate for MVP status.
Left by Lawrence Liu on Apr 21, 2008 12:24 PM

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Becky,

A number of MVPs have noticed your blogpost, and some may have commented. (I think including Lawrence Liu - who is uber SP - MSFT employee).

I think the general consensus is, look at community contributions - because you enjoy and find it beneficial to do community contributions. Don't make MVP your "goal". MVP will end up as a result/consequence to your community contributions.

Personally, even if I wasn't an MVP, I'd still do exactly what I do now.

SM
Left by Sahil Malik on Apr 21, 2008 1:03 PM

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Lawrence/Michael - What about honorary MVP? ;)
Sahil - I think that's exactly what everyone has been saying and now what I understand. Do what you do because you love it and not for a goal of becoming an MVP. Don't it your life.
I won't be doing that, but I will get more involved in the community. Only to the point that I won't lose my sanity.
I love all the community events, because I am closeted extrovert. I get to talk about SharePoint, which I also love. MOSSLover is not just a name it is what I believe in. I love SharePoint in that I can be a designer, developer, administrator, and architect.
For some reason I got a crazy idea to create a moss comic and bought the domain http://www.mosscomic.com. I always wanted a webcomic, but I'm not really artistically inclined. We'll see how it goes.
Left by MOSSLover on Apr 21, 2008 5:52 PM

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The MVP award, to me, is recognition of your selfless contribution to the community. All of *your* work seems to be for profit, or for your own ends.

I don't know why I started, but I have been on the forums/newsgroups/etc giving my assistance to those who need it for about 4 years - free - with no other goal than to help people, and maybe learn a bit along the way. I was pleasantly surprised to have received the award last year, I knew of the award, and other recipients, but did not consider myself "that outstanding" to be counted along side these people. I am still humbled by it, and work hard to try and do more with the new resources I have.

As for campaigning for the MVP award (including spamming current recipients), well, that is probably on the long list of things not to do.

But hey, that is my $0.02, take from it what you will, and good luck.

K
Left by K on Apr 21, 2008 9:00 PM

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