On Friday, October 1st, I got an email that I was hoping to get for a while. It started:
Dear Joshua Blake,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2010 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Surface technical communities during the past year.
The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say "Thank you for your technical leadership."
The email went on to tell me how to log in to the MVP site and that I should be expecting an award package.
The Microsoft MVP is a year-long award with new and returning MVPs announced every three months. The Surface MVP category was created just before the last cycle of MVP awards that went out July 1st. Dr. Neil from nsquared in Australia holds the honor of being the first Surface MVP since he made it in during the last cycle.
This cycle adds Dennis Vroegop in Netherlands, Rick Barraza from Cynergy in San Diego, CA, and me from InfoStrat in DC, bringing the number of Surface MVPs to four in the world. You can see our MVP profiles here. I’m very excited, proud, and humbled to be recognized among the best of the Surface community.
I have to say thanks for all of my readers and supporters. I plan to continue to contribute to the community and encourage others to do so as well. There are many new and exciting things coming up, both from me and InfoStrat as well as within the Surface community. It’s going to be a great year!