This week’s guest is Ariel Sanchez, recorded live from the VTUG Winter Warmer. Ariel is a Costa Rican native who has a man crush on Tom Brady. This crush isn’t the type our wives may have on Brady; however, it is more his work ethic and drive that Ariel respects him for. Like our two other guests the vBrownbag is represented yet again on Tech Stand UP, sorry guys we are not renaming this the vBrownbag podcast.
Ariel has his own way, the Ariel Way much like our beloved Patriots. Ariels passion to share what he learns and give back not only the knowledge he learns but his time. Not only is he part of running a VMware User Group and the vBrownbags, Ariel contributes many hours on his multiple blogs. As well he focuses on being a mentor to other Latin community members.
Have a listen as Ariel and I discuss getting involved in the community, and more importantly as he said it best “Don’t be afraid”.
Twitter – Get involved and meet and interact with people
Tom Brady man crush
Community Commitment and giving back
New England Patriots
This week our guest is Jorge Torres a technology junkie with latin roots. While we share a passion for technology we also share a love for the New England Patriots. While attending the VTUG Winter Warmer the Tech Stand UP crew caught up with Jorge to discuss and answer some questions on Blogging.
Jorge just started his blog Kolkes.Com, where he plans on diving deep into virtualization and sharing with the world. As we know getting advice from people who have been blogging for years, definitely helps! That is exactly what we talk about in this weeks episode.
We walk through the journey of getting inspired by the content he consumed. This passion and desire to give back is what drove Jorge to start his blog. Being an engineer on a daily basis, he enjoyed learning from others but realized that by him creating the content he was able to remember the content.
A major trend is for new bloggers to have a senior or respected member of the community to turn too. Ariel Sanchez is that person for Jorge, with Ariel’s Latin community give back through the vBrownbag, gave him a rapport which turned into a trusted friendship and mentor.
This has me thinking, what inspires you?
Jorge’s first time appearing as a guest on a podcast
Discuss how he was inspired by the community blogs and presentations
Talk about different blog platforms available and where to start
Mentor – having someone in the community take you under their wing and provide guidance and accountability
Creating content that others have created is ok, as this allows for you to retain the information
Using blogs as a self repository on how you fixed a problem.
This post goes out exactly 1 year since my last post, and on this anniversary I want to make the statement that this blog is not dead yet, it’s just been in hibernation. Writing has always been a struggle for me, dating back to my child hood. I took great pride in what I had accomplished on this blog, not just in giving back to the community, but in being able to put together a regular cadence based on an activity I find challenging at times.
So yes, over the course of a year a lot can happen and I’ll try and cover it at a high level. Shortly after my last post, we underwent some changes on the team I worked on.. I inherited the responsibilities of the EMC Elect program from the departure of my close friend Matt Brender. With the continued help and investment from Mark Browne, we kept the momentum going and finished judging and announced the elect class of 2014. The program has continued to expand in size year over year. With the addition of Dennis Smith to the team, we plan to continue this growth next year and beyond! Nominations are currently open for EMC Elect 2015!
I found that these added responsibilities combined with my increased travel schedule and my existing initiatives did not leave me a lot of time for blogging, so unfortunately it fell by the wayside. I know that some may say that is just an excuse, but while some people may be able to blog quickly, I end up staring at a computer screen for a long time struggling to get the words down. The time just wasn’t there when I could be using it for other things (like moving to a new home).
That is another good question. I’ve been seeing all sorts of inspiring things going on around me that get me wanting to blog again. Recently, I’ve seen friends participating in a 30 blog posts in 30 days initiative. I’m no wear near ready for that, but I do want to be able to do that someday. I also am turning my life around personally. I’m going to be setting up a new home office / workspace and expanding / revamping my home lab. I think those will inspire some great blog posts. My current role within EMC affords me a wealth of information. Since I’ve taken over the responsibilities of EMCs blogging program (at a high level), I should lead by example and write about what we’ve been disseminating to our blogging corps. I appreciate the 100 or so people that visit this site each day, and I hope to increase that number with new content. I hope you are all looking forward to this as much as I am.
Have you ever wanted to start a blog, but didn’t know where to begin? Rest easy and join a BlurtCast live Monday June 10th from 8 – 9pm EST. Our topic will be blogging 101.
What will we cover
We will cover how to set-up a word press site, and go over creating a 1st post. We will also touch on some good techniques and some best practices for the beginner blogger.
This presentation is geared for the beginner blogger.
This is a great 1st webcast. Seeing how I get asked all the time for some advice on how to start blogging.
I have thought of this many times “What am I exactly as a blogger?”
It is a very good question to ask yourself as a blogger or even a journalist for newspapers. To answer that question I had to look at where I am today.
I’m a student learning and trying to break into the Data Storage Virtualization world. Some could argue that I have done a descent job with this. (I am working on a post with my social networking strategy)
So at 1st thought I was like I’m a technical blogger because I predominantly discuss technology. I quickly scratched that style as I’m not giving a lot of numbers or specs. Now someday I might given the right exposure some postings can be more technical.
So what are you then?
Stop and read what you are writing, read your 1st few posts and then look at your last few posts. Notice a shift in style? Are you stating something? Giving help by writing a tutorial, expressing your opinion on a topic, are you engaging with your target audience?
Well let’s 1st look at some of the possibles:
Writing tutorials– I call this the informational sharing style- By this your intended audience and goal is to help others learn a particular task(s).
Stating information– By this I mean like a vendor blogger where it’s more Facts and Specs. Often referred to as marketing fluff.
Technical writers-for me fall between the above two possibilities making it a hybrid. Yes you are mainly focused on the pure facts but you must incorporate some marketing fluff and how to writings at times.
So upon some self reflection I can see the possibilities of doing all 3 of the above styles but are they really me?
So My hybrid style is a
I take a little bit from each category on topics that I find of interest and want to engage with others. What I say may not agree with everyone and I love it! I encourage the discussion it’s how we learn. I love talking with people and sometimes things are over my head but I admit and gladly say I don’t know it all but am pretty certain I might no somebody who knows it or someone who does.
So what style blogger do you consider yourself and why? Good thing here is I want to here your own explanations as to why you are the style you say.