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Fourth year as an MVP, second year for Windows Azure

View Maarten Balliauw's MVP profileWoohoo! I just received the great mail I expect yearly on the first of July:

Dear Maarten Balliauw,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Windows Azure technical communities during the past year.

The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say "Thank you for your technical leadership."

Toby Richards
General Manager
Community & Online Support

Year four is down, 2 years as an ASP.NET MVP and now my second year as a Windows Azure MVP. Thanks everyone for keeping me motivated in working with the community, sharing knowledge and providing me time to do all this. That last one means: thank you, boss, and thank you to my lovely wife!

Let’s start work on earning the award for next year…

I’m an ASP Insider

imageCool! I’ve just learned that I’m invited to join the ASPInsiders. I’m really excited and honored to be part of this group of great ASP.NET experts. Very much looking forward to learning the secret handshake and being able to provide feedback that helps the ASP.NET team forward.

If don’t know who the ASP Insiders are, here’s their elevator pitch:

“The ASPInsiders is a select group of international professionals who have demonstrated expertise in ASP.NET technologies and who provide valuable, early feedback on related developing technologies and publications to their peers, the Microsoft ASP.NET team and others.”

Some more info is available in the Who are the ASPInsiders? post by one of the insiders.

Renewed MVP ASP.NET for 2010!

Just got the best e-mail a Microsoft community member can receive in his mailbox:MVPLogo

Dear Maarten Balliauw,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2010 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in ASP/ASP.NET technical communities during the past year.

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Toby Richards
General Manager
Community Support Services

I wish to thank everyone who has been supporting me, encouraging me, challenging me and thus bringing me to a second year of MVP duty. I will try to achieve the same for next year: do a lot of sessions, work on open-source, do blog posts, …

With that: if you are not yet at lest challenging me, please do start doing this. It only helps me to learn from your problems which will in turn help the whole community to learn from it.

I can almost copy my blog post from last year on the next part: I will leave the community for the next weeks to enjoy a nice vacation in Austria. No, not traveling for work this time. My next two weeks community will be a community of mountains, sun, große Bier and rest (not REST!). See you!

I’m an MVP ASP.NET!

MVPLogoYesterday evening, I received the following e-mail:

Dear Maarten Balliauw,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2009 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in ASP/ASP.NET technical communities during the past year.

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Toby Richards
General Manager
Community Support Services

Translated in short: I’m now officially an MVP ASP.NET! I am really honored to be recognized as an MVP. Thank you for the nomination!

The past year has been quite fun, doing lots of blog posts, a book on ASP.NET MVC, various speaking sessions at VISUG, DevDays, PHP Conference, … Guess now I’m obligated to stay active in community :-) The next two weeks will be community less however, since I’m off on a vacation. See/write/… you in a week or two!