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On the Lambda

MVP No More

October 1st, 2014 · No Comments · non-computer

For the past five years I’ve been honored to be recognized as a recipient of a Microsoft MVP Award. One of roughly 4,000 awardees world-wide, this is an incredible honor, and I’ve been humbled to part of that group. Today my most recent award expired, and it will not be renewed.

I can’t say I didn’t see this coming. When I was first awarded five years ago, I was at the top of my game in the programming world. However, shortly thereafter my career took a turn as I left full-time programming to become a Systems Administrator. This was an amazing opportunity for me, but it also meant starting back at the bottom of the knowledge curve. Since then, it’s been harder and harder every year to continue contributing as a programmer at that same high level (though I still do participate a lot on Stack Overflow), and while my systems administration skills have grown, I have years to go in that area before I’ll be anywhere close to MVP-level.

So it’s been fun. I appreciated all the benefits, and I’ll remember the one Summit I was able to attend forever. I’m not bitter. I wasn’t looking for the award when it came, and it means more that I had it if Microsoft continues to protect the integrity of the program. It will stay on my resume (with notes for the award years), and probably continue to open doors for me long into the future. Maybe someday I’ll be re-awarded as Microsoft Server MVP. Until then, I’ll just keep doing what I do.

As a closing note, one of the nice things is that my understanding is that I can still use this the MS MVPs blog site, so I won’t have to move any content I’ve posted here, and I can continue to post here whenever I feel like I have something worth posting.


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