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How did you get where you are?
|Blog Entry - Friday, March 21st, 2003
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Today's blog was inspired by Colin over
(love your site design,
btw, Colin). Colin has been musing
this week about how he got to
be a Notes evangelist. I'm sure we all have interesting stories about how
we got into that position (or if you're not actually a Notes evangelist,
how you got to be where you are).
I started out as a non-techie, doing technical
writing and editing
required me to translate some techie's knowledge into easily-understood
English. While working at that job
I did one big project that required me to test and document a Notes system
-- basically home-grown sales-force automation on, I believe, v3. After
a while, I realized that I'd become the person in our office that a lot
of folks came to for help with WordPerfect, or Word, or the printer, or
the fledgling-use of Windows, or whatever application was causing them
pain. Simultaneously, I realized that those folks teaching this technology
were making a lot more money than I was. So -- off to teach technology.
I worked for a man (hi
) who believed that the
breadth and depth of what you knew should make a square box, not a rectangular
one. I have fallen off that wagon a bit as time has gone on, but I worked
really hard at it for a long time.
Anyway, I taught all kinds of things until one day, the president of our
company realized that we had lost our CLI -- he'd gone to work someplace
else, and we hadn't replaced him. Of course, I'd mentioned that to her
months ago, but it really hit home around the end of October when she realized
that we'd lose our LAEC status if we didn't get another one by the end
of the year. Libby to the rescue apparently. So, I became the Notes-geek
expert, passing all my CLP exams, PCLP exams, and my CLI evaluation in
pretty much no time at all. I fell in love with the stuff, I have to admit.
Maybe it's because I was completely immersed in it for three months solid
or maybe it's just because it's such darn cool technology, but, there you
have it. That's when the, well, not quite addiction, but definitely love,
for Notes (and then Domino when it came along later) started.
There's more to be said about how I got to where I am now, but that's for
So, how did you get where you are now?
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