Saturday morning, less than a month after I started this site, I took the following screenshot off of the stats page:
Wow. That is incredibly gratifying, folks. It helps, of course, to have a hot product like PowerPivot to talk about.
But this means a bit more to me than you might think.
This summer, my ex moved to Cleveland with the kids, which meant that I was soon to follow. After a career of developing “big box” software while employing a heavily “in-person” style, suddenly I was across the country and wondering how I was going to remain in the game. Cleveland is not renowned for big-box software development 🙂
Much of that remains to be seen – I’m still with MS, still part of the PowerPivot team, and we’re still figuring out the best fit for me going forward. But it’s a good kind of uncertainty now.
I was worried, leaving Redmond. I’m not worried anymore. In fact I have not felt this recharged in years. This site, and the people I’ve met through it, is a HUGE part of that. If I end up leaving MS at some point, this site goes with me, which is why I am here instead of on MSDN. This is very much my personal creation, and at my expense. It’s worth it.
And hey, I got to take a cross-country roadtrip with the kids. How often does that end up feeling like the practical thing to do? Truly a once in a lifetime experience:
So… thanks folks. I’ll keep working to make this place worth visiting. You keep sending comments and questions 🙂