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This has been a whirlwind week since arriving in Florida last Friday with my wife and 15-mon old son.  We'll get to that experiment later, but as far as the show itself goes, there has been a noticeable tick up in excitement even from last year's show.  This was a big year for yours truly since I was invited to present a Jumpstart session and participate in the First Annual "Speedgeeking" event, which happened just last night.  More on that in a moment...

As I sit here and write, I am in the company of many of my fellow bloggers here in BOF508 "The Lotus Software Blogging Community".  We are talking about the many ways that blogs have changed the profressional landscape, both on the personal level and in other ways, such as internal corporate blogging.  One of the most striking observations is that a large number of Lotusphere speakers have been drawn from the blogging community.  As Ed Brill confirms, one of the ways that Lotusphere track managers decide who is likely to be a good speaker is to check out their blogs.  Not surprisingly, a large proportion of speakers are also bloggers.

Several bloggers talked about how writing on their blogs has lead to new professional opportunities, including job offers and invitations to write on technical journals.  It seems that in many of those cases such opportunities came about only after some specific mention that they were looking for them.  (Note to self: Spend more time blogging about how I would like to find a job as the senior IT assistant to a very wealthy Caribbean-based yacht owner in charge of their on-board technology ).

Getting back to the SpeedGeeking session from last night, I would like to thank all those of you who participated.  A great time was had by all, and although the open bar probably had something to do with that, I think my "Top 10 Things You Wish Your Boss Understood About IT" generated more than a few chuckles.  For those who didn't make it, the session was a takeoff on the Speed Dating concept, but in this case 12 presenters scattered around a large room gave their 5-minute presentation, while a timekeeper called out when it was time for groups of 6-10 people to move on to the next presentation.  I will post the handout listing the top 10 soon. Stay tuned...

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