I'm back from Merrie Olde England where I got a chance to hang out with a true Blog Queen - Eileen Brown, in the UK IT evangelism team . Last time I hung out with her in England, we were on our way to TechEd Amsterdam, and readying a blogging presentation together. This time was just for fun (though I got a sneak preview of her women in technology presentation which is going to bring the house down in TechEd Orlando soon. She's apparently going off to TechEd New Zealand too. Watch her sparkle, ladies and gents. :)

But I come back a new woman (with a new cough that fortunately will respond to medication and is not contagious) and to a new community mission. I've started work today on the Xbox XNA team, helping out with their community Web site and partnering in part with evangelist Dave Weller (http://letskilldave.com/). My new boss's name is Dax Hawkins which I feel has a true gamer character ring to it...

(cue deep male announcer voice)

"I work for DAX HAWKINS."

"I work for DUKE NUKEM."

"I work for WOLF BLITZER." (ok, he's a tv war correspondent, but you know what I mean)

Is it sad to leave the QnA community behind? Yes. There are folks there with big hearts who help others constantly and the MVP, Ron Chamberlin kicks serious butt. But the Silicon Valley team owns the running of QnA's tech stuff now, and by rights Linda Wu should get the glory and the virtual community tiara.

I don't know about you but I think it's cool that I get to pass the community banner on to women both times I've done it (Jana for Blogs, Linda for QnA). Women in technology can have problems being visible, period, but at least when you do community application work and are the face of the team, there's no mistaking who to send the hate/love mail too. :)

People who have followed this blog know I enjoy gaming and the gaming community is a frontier I haven't explored yet. Developer community, yes - but not the game contingent. This will be fun!

Live it vivid!!!