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The Guide of a MOSSLover Becky Isserman's Blog
This is the time of year when I look back & reflect on all the people who have risen in the ranks through SharePoint Saturday.  I believe the mission was fulfilled that Michael Lotter & Susan Lennon set forth during the first year is working.  They wanted to nurture new local speakers and I have noticed a trickle of people coming through SharePoint Saturday as a stepping stone on the way to bigger & better things.  I mean look at Eric Harlan, Mark Rackley, or Jason Himmelstein.  Some of us have stuck around at the lower levels speaking at a SharePoint Saturday here and there, but there is a lot of refreshing every few years from what I'm noticing.  I see some people criticizing the veterans sticking around, but I feel like there is a place for some of us.  Some of the SharePoint Saturdays would not sustain the amount of speakers needed to survive if they did not look outwards for non-local speakers.  I'm not going to get into a debate, but this is what I've seen over the past 6 years.
I love SharePoint Saturday.  I will continue to evangelize and support the cause.  I am still on the fence about speaking at bigger conferences again.  As you guys know I lost my confidence a few years ago that made me go through a huge withdrawal from the community.  As a revelation I don't need to attend bigger conferences as a speaker.  I go to SharePoint Saturdays and other events mainly to continue my mission to stay social.  I have been and always will be somewhat of an introvert.  I need to sustain a certain amount of public speaking to continue to keep that social aspect of my life flowing.  So if you really want to see me speak at something like SPTechCon it will probably not happen again.
I had fun going to The Experts's Conference, speaking at SharePoint Conference, and going to KC Developer Conference.  I will probably submit again to KC Developer Conference and maybe some day something like Codemash, but I don't see myself going to a bigger conference anytime soon.  I have to give up a piece of my life that is devoted to friendships, family, kittens, and living life.  I looked at my life one day and realized I had very few local friends.  Now I have tons of friends all over the metro area.  As you guys know my focus will continue to be and has been for the past few years working on those pieces of my life.  I think in the year 2013 I will continue balancing a few speaking engagements alongside my social life.
I look back at the kid I was in 2009, a 27 year old, doughy eyed who freaked out when Joel Oleson sat down, and think I was just starting to grow up.  I feel like I am continuing to grow into who I will be as a fully baked adult about to turn 32.  
I will say thank you to the SharePoint Community for helping me the past 6 years.  I think that first SharePoint Saturday was a stepping stone.  I wouldn't have gone to so many places & made so many friends without it.  I wouldn't have the job that I am at today.  I wouldn't have taken two trips to Europe and an entire month-long road trip without the SharePoint Community.  I know a lot of people who think I am the bravest person they know for the things I have done.  I know at 27 I would have never had the courage to do these things without the groundwork that was laid out that year.  I am grateful for all the people out there who continue to support and nurture me.  You are amazing.  I wouldn't be where I am or who I am without you.  Here is to a great year of SharePoint!
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 11:41 PM | Back to top

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Always great seeing you at these events, Becky. I personally appreciate all you've done to support the community, and to reach out and help raise awareness even when you weren't speaking at or organizing an event. It's about helping other people, about making the pie bigger for all of us, and making new connections. You don't have to be an extrovert to get tremendous value out of participating.

Looking forward to seeing you at the next one.
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