Three years ago The World According to Mitch, a blog that I started because the two or three dozen people to whom I would e-mail my thoughts and insights got sick of getting my e-mails, was recognized by BizTech Magazine as one of the 50 Must Read IT Blogs. For that year there was no nomination process that I knew of… out of the blue I found out via Twitter that the blog had been put on that list. There are a few tipping points when the blog readership jumped, and that was certainly one of the bigger ones. (Read A Humbling Recognition)
A year later when the 2012 list was released I was thrilled that The World According to Mitch was one of the few blogs to repeat – I was thrilled, partly because that was the first year that readers were invited to vote for their favourites… and then again in 2013! (Read A Humbling Accolade, A Humbling Accolade, Year 3)
I am not going to lie, this year I actively solicited your votes. I was worried, because I did go dark for a few months… as you might have read, this year has not been a good one for me (personally or professionally), and the number of articles I wrote dropped drastically from previous years. I am so glad that so many of you stuck with me (and I can tell you that there are ‘friends’ who did not) during my darkest times. I promise that I will do my best to not disappoint – I will continue to blog and to do what I can to help entertain and inform you all.
For the fun of it, there are only three blogs on this year’s list that have appeared every year… Chuck’s Blog (Congratulations Mr. Hollis!) and CIO Dashboard (Chris Curran of Price Waterhouse Cooper)… and my little site here. I am humbled to be in such esteemed and respected company.
While I am naming names, I want to congratulate CanITPro, the Canadian IT Pro Connection – or the IT Evangelism Team at Microsoft Canada. While I am no longer with that team or a resident blogger on that site, it is great to see them recognized for the amazing work that they do.
As you know, I am no longer a Microsoft MVP. Oh well, I’ll move on. I did not blog because I was an MVP, I was an MVP in part because I blogged. I am not going to stop doing what I do because of something so petty. I am also no longer affiliated with the Microsoft DPE Team. That is both good and bad – bad because I no longer have the same level of access I had, good because I no longer have to temper my words according to Microsoft’s marketing message. When Microsoft does something good I will say so and talk about it… and when they blow it (and yes, it happens!!!!!) I am going to tell you (and them) about it.
Thank you all for sticking with me, and as I will do with Microsoft, please tell me when I am getting it right… AND when I get it wrong!