May 24th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

Few months back I was talking with Chris Harney from the VTUG. He said it would be a great idea if I did a webcast similar to the #vBrownbag but for social media stuff. I wasn’t even off the phone and was emailing my good pal cody Bunch of Professional VMware and creator of  the #vBrownbags on the idea. The positive response from the team working on the #vBrownbags has been great. Now this is separate from Cody & team’s webcasts, they are acting as advisors and allowing me to utilize there webcast system. Which I can not thank them enough for doing that for me.

Yesterday it was solidified that I will officially be launching in June.

BlurtCast- Community Engagement, Social Media Tips & Tricks for engaging with Communities


What to expect

Anything! After all it is going to be a webcast on ways to better engage with the community.    The schedule will be bi-weekly. Time hasn’t been determined yet but it is close to be finalized.

Where to find

Simple you can find all BlurtCast information on this blog the official home to BlurtCast, All recordings will be posted here and on iTunes, along with Vimeo and Youtube channels.

Check out the BlurtCast page


I Luigi aka NerdBlurt will be the primary Host & presenter, however I intend on getting as many guest presenters on as possible.

Nerd’s Blurt

This is a great opportunity for me to give back to the community and share some techniques. This isn’t just geared for the newbie, but for everyone. If you want to see a topic covered send us an email or Tweet us using the #BlurtCast hashtag

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February 18th, 2012 by NerdBlurt

It is that time of year again. VMware has opened up it’s vExpert application form. I could not find a deadline date

This year they are doing something different, there are three tracks in which you can submit under. ( Below taken from )

  • Evangelist Path
    The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path.
  • Customer Path
    The Customer Path is for internal evangelists and community leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have contributed to success stories, customer references, or public interviews and talks, or were active community contributors, such as VMUG leaders.
  • VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
    The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements.

If you feel that you have went above and beyond the norm you should apply. I really wish they had the nominate a peer versus encourage a peer to apply.

I know the Damian Karlson and Cody Bunch should be tops on this list for the exceptional work they do with and their #Brownbags.

Nerd’s Blurt

I enjoy the vExpert nomination time and think it is a great way to recognize individuals with-in the community. The twist this year with the three paths is different. I am not sure how it will play out or reasoning behind it. So get out there and submit! you never know if you will be designated vExpert unless you try!!

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June 7th, 2011 by NerdBlurt

Like many today I recieved the dredded your Session(s) were not selected email. AHHH!! Whocares! at least that’s how I’m taking it.  There are plenty of Rockstars out there who didn’t get accepted, instead of giving up I challange you to still share that information with the community.

Plenty of great advice has been giving on ways to get your content out there. I will give some options which I feel is a great way to contribute great content to the community!

But here’s the thing you have to still create a presentation in order for this to work!

Contact your local VMUG (VMware User Group)

Don’t know if you have a VMUG near you? Easy check for one. If not there hop onto the VMware Community Forums . This is a great way to build presentation skills and allow you to network with others using VMware products.  Great advice from Brian Gracely & Kendrick Coleman where this came from.

BrownBag on

Now this is a great option as well for people as it’s all done over the interwebs. Truly being “Virtual” Cody Bunch does an excellent job here and is debating on a seperate way to get these sessions involved. Cody is a good friend of mine and an even better community member for all you VMware users. He devotes alot of time into the BrownBags.

Write some Blog posts

Now you might say you don’t have a Blog, or time to set one up. No worries people I’ve already offered to have people blog on here! I have a descent following and it would be great to have some different perspectives on NerdBlurt. (selfish I know ;))

Honestly create a blog, ask a friend to write on theirs, write one on here, what matters is that you are sharing information with the community. You may not know it but if you are sharing you are helping somebody some where.

Some sites to also Share resources (in Beta) (What is this? Read my next post!!)

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March 16th, 2011 by NerdBlurt

Hey all, hope you are all doing as good as me. Tonight I was able to attend my 1st Brownbags session hosted by Cody Bunch.

What is a BrownBags session?

Good question and I will give you the site’s defintion.

BrownBags are a series of online webinars held using GotoMeeting and covering various VMware Certification topics. On this page you’ll find a sign-up for the live series, as well as links to past recordings.

Here’s mine-

This is regular web series that puts real world experts at the mercy of use noobs!! haha.. No seriously the original explanation is great!

Why the Hype NerdBlurt?

I tell you why I’m excited about finally attending the live session and why I’m going to continue to partake in future  sessions and catch up on past Brownbags… simply put they are awesome!! It is a great resource for people just like me but also more experienced users as well. I’ve noticed while attending VMUG’s (VMware User Groups) that there is a great need for people wanting resources for training. I’m talking some simple basic stuff also..not everyone wants to get certified or spend time doing so out there.. It’s a fact.

At my recent NEVMUG( New England VMware User Group) I sat in on a SIG (Speciality Interest Group)  for the healthcare industry. They were discussing the VMware  View iPad application and some use cases for Dr.’s using it. Well it was clear from that session many aren’t to familiar with View on some basic levels.. With this economy people don’t want to waste budgets if they can’t understand what they are using. So this one gentleman stated the lack of basic information on View out there.

This got me thinking some… Why not do a post on what is required and a basic install of View? Boom yes I am currently working on just that.

But that wasn’t the point the point I really got besides a great future post is Training on all levels is in demand. I think Cody does a great job and fills some of this void.

NerdBlurt’s Blurt

I have some future posts in the works and some I’ve been doing for awhile and will finish up on training soon, but the demand is out there. I think the job that Cody does with the Brownbags is great. He is well respected and truly a great asset to the VMware community. Cody fills some of this void and for that I am appreciative!

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