With so many people at TechEd this week, it's scary-quiet around here. With that in mind, and also the fact that it's been a while since I last oozedor gotten into internal joy, I've decided to share with you a probably not so average day in the "life" of a Content Strategist (besides, this will help when I'm working on my status report on Friday)
  • 8:00 - late start this morning (although that's becoming more of a par for start time)
  • clean out my ContactUs support e-mails. Only three this morning (I did a bunch over the weekend)
  • Apology e-mails to the oldest ones needing replies in my Inbox
  • 9:00 - work on some pages for a new section on the Visual Studio Developer Center that we should be launching next week (current plan, anyway)
  • 10:00 - Tech Review and Copy Edit (yes, part of the job) for a couple of articles on ASP.NET 2.0 we'll be bringing to you soonish. Created the bugs for them for tracking through the system.
  • 10:45 - Frank called (he's on vacation in Michigan). I'm supposed to be updating his site while he's gone, and he called to remind me you all need headlines. TBD for later today.
  • 11:00 - meeting to discuss the controls for the mumble mumble Developer Center, hopefully to be launched soon. Well, in a month or so.
  • 11:40 - Frank again. His VPN connection isn't all that great, so a few more items to do.
  • 11:45 - first article off to the developmental editors
  • 12:00 - lunch with a friend from a team I used to work on
  • 1:00 - back (yeah, I take long lunches, so there)
  • 1:15 - *&(*&#$*#($*&$(%^*&#$(#$ Media Player setup rebooted my machine! Gah! I *hate* that!
  • 1:30 - Tina, one of the PMs popped in to discuss attributing content for the mumble mumble Developer Center.
  • 1:40 - back to the copy edit. Good, tasty article...
  • 1:48 - Second article off to the editors
  • 1:50 - on to Frank's site
  • 2:15 - distracted during a build -- off to something else shiny. Building a list of the dev center RSS feeds, and the internal attributes that define what goes where.
  • 2:40 - do a 'code sign' for Brian
  • 2:46 - quick e-mail questions
  • 2:52 - back to Frank's site
  • 2:57 - impromptu meeting with my Site Manager, the statsful Christine
  • 3:14 - head off to a meeting I'm 14 minutes late for
  • 3:30 - back to the .NET Framework changes
  • 3:56 - done a band-aid solution, working on the bigger, uglier problem, but first, catch up on e-mail...
  • 4:30 - oh, you've got to love the XML Diff tool. It may just save my mind today.
  • 4:57 - Sent a couple of lists to C & F for confirmation. Posting this, then taking off. Far too sunny to stay in here anymore, plus we're having palacsinta tonight.

Thanks to all the artists who helped me through today, especially Meat Beat Manifesto, and The Dropkick Murphys.

TTFN - Kent