Thursday, January 03, 2008

A New Year and Some Thank You's

Hello and Happy New Year! It seems like all the cool kids are doing the obligatory end of year review, but I'll spare you from that. :-) Suffice it to say that 2007 was great, the highlights being the times I got to spend interacting with all of you...the people of the Lotus community. I was fortunate enough to speak at Lotusphere, ILUG 2007 and the VIEW conferences in both Boston and Barcelona, and I got to hang out with a lot of really great folks.

The main purpose of this post is just to say Thank You. Thank you to those of you that read this site or come to my sessions at said conferences. In this very hectic world, the gift of attention is one of the greatest things you can give another person and I am extremely grateful that you choose to spend a little bit of your time here. While I'll be learning a lot of new things in my job at IBM and not necessarily be doing development nearly as much, I am still going to try and keep things alive and kicking here.

Looking back on my career in the Lotus Notes world, it's funny to think I'm here now, as I tried to escape several times early on in the first couple of years. I saw a lot of value in the platform, but I wasn't sure if I really wanted to be a developer. I was always more interested in the systems and administration side of things in the beginning and in fact had planned to become an MCSE and leave the Lotus technologies altogether (yikes...that would have been a mistake!). Thankfully, fate stepped in and made sure that I was developing good solutions for my customers, so that every time I tried to pull a Houdini, something conspired to suck me back into Notes! :-) Of course, I've been a true blue yellow believer for many a year now and I don't see that ever changing. One day, I realized there was no other platform on earth that was going to allow me to build the innovative solutions my customers required in such a short time or with such flexibility. Thanks to Steve Birchfield at Automation Centre for throwing me into this Notes stuff! :-)

I love teaching and often think about being a trainer or better even would be a personal technology consultant. Always looking for an outlet to express myself, I actually started a blog shortly after Jake opened Codestore, using a homemade database that was pretty sweet (if I do say so myself ;-) and although I wrote several posts, I never actually put it on the internet. At the time, I guess I still wasn't sure that anyone would be interested in what I had to say, so I threw it on the shelf. A few years later I got the idea of focusing (almost) exclusively on UI topics, since a focus on the interface is what helped me be so successful in my career. And that is how Interface Matters was born.

OK...so that ended up being longer than I wanted it to be. See, I can't shut up once I get going. One other special Thank You I want to give is to those of you who nominated me for the LotusUserGroup.org Best Blogger award. I was quite surprised by this and really think it is deserved by many others out there besides myself. Reading the few representative comments made me blush and feel very honored. Thanks so much for taking the time to write in and nominate this blog!!! If you are a member of LotusUserGroup.org, you can go there and vote and while I'd be thrilled to "win", I don't pretend to be at the same level as the rest of those guys. Of course, if there's a cash prize involved, then by all means vote for me! :-D

Here's to 2008...I wish all of you a happy and successful year!


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3 Comments:

By Blogger Gregg, at 10:23 AM  

Funny how you and Chris Miller share the same URL. Or didn't you notice on the vote page? Are you and Mr. Miller similar to the Ed/Alan show? :-)

I wish you a Happy New Year and thanks for the wonderful posts. I have used some of your posts to rethink/retool how I communicate with the users. Nice work!


By Anonymous bartman, at 1:00 PM  

You've got my vote Chris!

Keep it up.


By Blogger Curt, at 1:09 PM  

I like you honesty on how you've stayed tied to Lotus. I can relate. Looking forward to Lotusphere to get my UI skills recharged. Thanks Chris.


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