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The Rollercoaster That Was 2013

I feel I owe you, dear reader, an explanation for my absence lately. 2013 was a big year….with so many ups and downs it was hard to know if I was coming or going. 2013 was the year of change. The rollercoaster ride started in the Spring, for every professional up, and there were lots, there was also a private low. And as the ups got bigger, such as joining the Microsoft team, the lows got lower. I could’ve let the lows drag me down, but instead I took every high and rode it higher, and in doing so I discovered a strength in myself that I forgot I had.

The Leviathon

Here are some of my professional accomplishments of 2013:

  • Nominated and awarded the BizTech 50 Must-Read IT Blogs of 2013 professionally
  • Joined Microsoft via an agency (I have to put that in there) and absolutely loving my position. Stay tuned for all the awesome stuff that is coming your way.
  • Nominated for an MVP award
  • Guest blog post on CanIT Pro blog had an awesome reach
  • My blog view soared like never before
  • Made and rediscovered some great new friends

And for every one of these highlights, there was a personal low that followed. As the year closed, so did the ups and downs of the rollercoaster ride.

2014 started on a major high, I was awarded the Microsoft Valuable Professional award, but as has become the pattern, this has to be followed by a low, and there is one more low to come. By the end of January, I expect the rollercoaster ride to level itself out a bit more.

2014 is going to be a great year, it’s going to be my year…and if you have stayed with me so far, thank you, and I looked forward to having you join me on as I soar to new heights.

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From Jammies to Suits

I apologize for my lack of material lately. I’ve been very busy, but I admit that that should not be an excuse. There is a good reason for my busy-ness, there has been a change in my career focus. As of last week, I started working for Microsoft Canada in the role of SMB Server Champ. This was not an easy decision to make; I love the clients I serve and I am honoured that they have allowed me to be a part of their businesses.

I am excited about the change and I’m looking forward to helping promote Windows Server 2012 to SMBs. I love this product, and the updates and additional features in R2 are impressive.

This transition does not mean the focus of this blog will change. If anything, I’ll be able to bring new technologies aimed at SMBs to the readership faster.

A huge thanks to my clients for allowing me to be a part of their businesses and using their stories for this blog. Thanks to Microsoft Canada for inviting me to join their team. A special thank you to a special friend who helped this process along. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family and friends.

Stay tuned for a flurry of posts about Windows 2012 Server and my transition from jammies to suits.

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Thanks for the Support!!

Way back in August, when it was warm outside, a dear friend called to tell me my blog (this one) had been nominated for BizTech top 50 Must-Read IT blogs. I was honestly shocked! If you follow my blog, you know that I, for the most part, write about what I come across at clients’ and what I do to help them. I don’t consider this very exciting, but I do try to keep it fun and light, and I don’t consider it very technical compared to the other nominees. My goal is to help small business, that’s it! Whether it’s by introducing a new technology or reworking an existing one, I want my clients to be happy and confident in their technology, and make sure that their data is safe and secure. I hope by writing about what I have done, maybe someone else can use the same tip or trick and help their clients as well. 

Thanks to all of you who voted, I made the final list. This wouldn’t have been possible without the awesome clients I have and the support of my friends and family. 

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BizTech’s 2013 Must-Read IT Blogs

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