A new crop of MVPs
It's July, when most people's thoughts turn to how nice it would be to be outside on a beautiful summer's day instead of being chained to a desk in an office that's either way too hot or way too cold.
For a small, select group, however, July 1 represents something way more meaningful: It's when Microsoft bestows its Most Valuable Professional awards to those who go above and beyond in helping others onboard and understand Microsoft technologies.
As chairman of SPTechCon, I've worked with many SharePoint MVPs over the years, and now we're working with Office 365 MVPs as well. I can tell you, these folks have deep knowledge of SharePoint, but more importantly to you, they are eager to share that knowledge with you. Whether it's pointing to articles via Twitter, writing their own, or creating podcasts and videos, the amount of information they put out is massive.
I'm biased, of course, but I believe their best efforts come at the conferences. Not only do they present classes that take time for them to develop, but they also stick around afterward to answer questions. They sit at lunch tables talking SharePoint, participate on panels, and offer their services to user groups.
They travel tirelessly, and I often wonder how they hold their family lives together as they're away so much of the time. But they do manage to strike the right balance, and we're all the better-and wiser-for it.
So here's to the new crop of SharePoint MVPs. May you continue to be the tremendous service to the community that you are, and may you reap the rewards of the goodness of your deeds.