I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I sat in front of my laptop and created vDestination.com. It’s been a great ride so far, I’ve met so many new people and have made lifelong connections in the process. The virtualization blogosphere is the most friendly in any genre and throughout the globe, I can attest to that. This all started when I won Jason Boche’s Trip to VMworld Contest back in 2010. I was a new VMware admin and really didn’t know too much, but after winning Jason’s contest I was blown away by the support I received and the knowledge that was shared on how to start my own virtualization blog. Not having a ton of VMware experience I simply began capturing my daily learning experiences with VMware at work. I was supporting a government contract at the time and worked in a lab environment which couldn’t have been a better place to start. Since it was a lab, I had a little more wiggle room to make mistakes and learn without getting fired. As I blogged about my experiences I found others who had similar experiences and we shared what we learned. You see, vDestination.com is not just a virtualization blog, it’s a knowledge base, a mind share, a place where you can come and applaud me for helping you out, or correct me where I’m wrong. Writing this blog has altered the trajectory of my career, I couldn’t have imagined how much fun it would have ended up being.
Where to go from here?
To answer that question, I have to first apologize for being missing in action for the past year really. A lot has changed in my life in the past year, I started a new job with VMware, started an MBA program at George Mason University and continued studying for and taking certification exams to further my knowledge. In the process, my blogging suffered and I’m grateful to those readers that kept coming back, so let me just say thanks for hanging around. To kick off my 6th year on vDestination.com I’ve fully revamped the blog from the layout to the logo, and added some new colors. I moved to self hosting which has really made things much easier and allowed me to add more functionality and a smoother, more attractive theme. I’ve gained a few regular guest bloggers that I will introduce in the next couple of blog posts as well. To go along with the blog relaunch, I’ll be stepping up my twitter presence, and you’ll see that I’ve redesigned the layout and logo there too (I put my mug shot to rest and changed my avatar to my new logo). In the remainder of 2015 and into next year, you will see many more vExpert Corner podcasts, and many more videos as well.
Too much change can be a bad thing.
I agree that too much change can potentially be a bad thing, that being said there are some things that won’t change on vDestination.com. I will continue to have a Free Trip to VMworld Contest giveaway, that’s been a great experience and has helped many attend VMworld that couldn’t. Being that this year I have been consumed with getting my relaunch going, I won’t have my contest giveaway, it’s too close to VMworld and it’s a nightmare to get it all lined up in that short of a time frame. Next year I’ll continue the tradition, sorry we missed this year. I’ll continue to write editorial/off the cuff posts, these have grown to be my favorite, and while they don’t always focus on virtualization technology, they provide me a vehicle for sharing my point of view and I’ve loved that. Book reviews on my blog have been very well received and there will be plenty more to come, I’ve read 3 books cover to cover in the past 2 months and will have reviews up soon. My open door policy will remain the same, that is, you can contact me at any time with any question or comment you might have. While I don’t think it’s nice to be rude or use the contact me form or comment form to slam myself or someone else, constructive criticism is welcome. You can reach out to me on Twitter, the Contact Me page, and on the post comment form (on all blog posts). If you would like to be a guest blogger, contact me, I’d love to hear your idea and read your post. If you have a product you would like me to review, contact me, I will give it an honest unbiased review, I will not accept sponsored reviews.
I hope you continue to read my blog and share you opinions in the comments, or through contacting me. The most important thing is that we keep the conversation going and lively. We can’t learn if we don’t share, so please share your knowledge, create a blog, tweet, submit white papers, attend VMUGs, do your part so we can all benefit. Thanks for reading!