The Code Gnome’s Wild Ride

Not quite a year ago, I received an email. It was a rather good email that came at just the right time. You see, a lot of things were changing in my life, and not all for the good. Really, I needed a pick-me-up. The email told me I’d been awarded a Microsoft MVP.

I was speechless. You see, way back in 2013 I received a different email. That one said I’d been nominated for the MVP program. To this day, I’m not sure who did it. Everyone I think could have done it denies it. Before that email, I wasn’t concerned about the MVP program. I knew what it was, and that MVPs are experts in many fields, but I didn’t think about getting into the club. After the initial email, suddenly I wanted in.

I’m often asked how I got the MVP. The real answer is I don’t know. I don’t think anyone really knows. It’s not a checklist, but it does involve knowing what you’re talking about, getting out there and talking about tech, and supporting the community. I joke that MVPs are the social geeks. But it’s more: MVPs are selfless and are driven to help the community.

So, I hunkered down, started a blog, did more speaking engagements, and went to more events to volunteer and help out. Basically, I did what I was already doing and enjoying.

So, now that I’ve had the award since November 2015, what’s changed? Not much. Still trying to write more, learn more, and get out more. It’s not glamourous, but it sure is a lot of fun. And it’s meant a lot of personal growth.

It may not show, but I’m a very socially anxious person. I get stage fright, am socially awkward, and often avoid people. But I really like sharing the things I’ve learnt and done.

The last eight months have been really busy. Often, I’ve not known whether I’m coming or going. And they’ve been the most fun I’ve ever had.

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