What to blog about

Since I started my new job, I’ve been struggling to find topics to discuss that have not already been discussed before. 

I’m not the kind of guy to just re-hash what someone else has said unless I can add additional value to it.  When I do that, I always start out with “First read what so and so has said about x”.  There are too many of the content thieves out there, and they really provide no real value back to the community.   They’re just going for self gratification in subscribers, etc.  I also don’t like just blasting links as I discover them just to make a blog post, unless they are significant.  Besides, if I come across a cool article these days, I just dump it on twitter.  What I’m saying, is that when I post something, I want to really provide extreme value.

What I’ve realized, is that the things I do want to blog about require too much time to sit down in one setting to post, and thus I never get them done, or take the time to finish them and thus, this blog just gets extremely stale.   Also, I’ve noticed a lot of blog postings recently on very very short samples, about things I figured a lot of people would know.   But I’ve had to take a step back and realize that not all my followers know all the gritty details.

So…From now on, I’m going to blog about just what’s on my mind, what I learned, what I might be able to share.   There may be some overlap in things that were already posted, but I’ve got to stop worrying about “It’s been said before” because I have to realize that my view/insight into the problem/solution may in fact add value not otherwise stated.

– Keith

Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint Server 2007 at ShareSquared

Maurice and I have been friends for quite awhile. While at Microsoft, he and I collaborated while working through critical SharePoint customer issues, debated on bugs, discussed SharePoint tools, etc.  After both of our departures from Microsoft, we continued to keep in contact sharing ideas and thoughts about the product.   I was excited when I came on board with ShareSquared to not only be working with my friend again, but also to expand my horizons and work with a great bunch of talented folks.

Maurice has just completed the Microsoft Certified Masters training for SharePoint Server 2007 and was awarded the certification along with a small group of elite personnel. Now ShareSquared has a Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint Server 2007 in our group, and I’m extremely happy for my company and friend.

Maurice did a great write-up on his perspective of the program here, and I encourage you to give it a read if you are considering this for your future.  As well, you can check out Spence Harbar’s write-up here.

Congratulations to the newest Certified Masters for SharePoint Server 2007!

– Keith