Just spent my first 3 days in New York City, attending the BlogHer Business Conference. When asked how did I enjoy NYC, I recalled the scene from the first Matrix movie, where Neo is crossing the very busy street in the crosswalk during orientation. I felt equally baffled and confused =)
Microsoft Blogging Case Study
Besides trying to act non-tourist-like by wearing earphones as I walked by solicitors (which worked, btw), I was invited to be a panelist on the Microsoft Blogging Case Study (live-blog transcript – "Case Study #5"). I was joined by Ariel Stallings, Ani Babaian, and Nelly Yusupova who moderated, 3 very amazing women. Working with guys day in and day out, I forget how much fun and reinvigorating it is to connect with other technical women.
Below were my top points from the blogging case study.
One particular "shout out tweet" we found on Twitter.
social media so perfect for people like these Msoft bloggers. they’re so genuinely excited about what they do. makes their co. look good.
Why I love Windows Live Writer
After the panel, the blogher people interviewed me to see where this love for Windows Live Writer was coming from. Their timing couldn’t have been better, as i had just demo’ed Live Writer to Paull Young by having him post to his blog. He was awesome to let me put him on the hook with me to explain why Live Writer rocks.
I can’t sign Live Writer’s praises enough. It is the main factor why i’ve been able to keep the Tip of the Day running. You rock, Live Writer.
I was Microspotted
Ariel has the absolutely coolest job ever. She gets to interview Microsofties about their jobs, their personalities, and why they work at microsoft. Ariel interviewed me about my job on CodePlex and working with the open source community.
Also, she took some pictures of me outside on the street of NYC. She’s an awesome photographer. I got a quick peek at one of the shots, and it really moved me. It’s amazing how much time goes by and when you see yourself in a great photo, it’s like you get a second to stop and smell the roses and realize how far you’ve come, especially when you’re someone like me, so driven about getting over the next hill that we never really give ourselves even a moment’s rest. On the plane out to NYC, I had just finished reading Nelson Mandela’s book long walk to freedom, and one of the very last sentences really hit home, where he mentions how there’s always a next hill to climb.
Yeah, I think this is the longest post i’ve written since starting tip of the day. I should probably do more cross-country flights. =)