Headlines for Tuesday:
|A||X||Catch up with ledger|
|A||X||Write thank-you cards|
|A||X||Drop off letters|
|A||X||Print more cards|
|A||X||@1800 Toastmasters exec meeting, Futures|
When Kaleem invited me to dinner with Betsy Weber, chief evangelist at TechSmith, I immediately cleared my schedule and accepted. After all, I could make up for classes by reading, and I could always catch up with the DemoCamp folks at the afterparty. How often do I get to talk to established technology evangelists?
It was *well* worth it. I can't believe I had that opportunity to learn about tech evangelism (Hi Betsy!) *and* tech journalism (Hi Saleem!), two of my favorite career choices. The lifestyle Betsy described of going to conferences, building relationships with passionate users (and sometimes really unhappy users!), bridging the gap between developers and users... Wow. I want that. I want to do that. The constant novelty and exposure to brilliant people that Saleem described also appeals to me. I'm thrilled to hear that there are such wonderful career choices out there, and that they're a natural fit. As Joey de Villa said at the DemoCamp afterparty, technology evangelism is the best job for a technical extrovert. I want to finish my schoolwork as quickly as possible so that I can start working on stuff like that.
On the way back, I mentioned that someone on the emacs channel had pointed out that I was 4th on a Google search for tech evangelist. Saleem fact-checked it on his cellphone, of course. We were both surprised to find my site listed as the second and third hit. Whoa.
Probably not for long, but hey, cool!
So, plenty of warm and fuzzies from a totally awesome conversation, an energizing afterparty, more encouraging career direction, a couple of hugs, and a thoughtful gesture by Kaleem. Fantastic day. What an awesome way to start my week. I'll send them hand-written cards tomorrow.
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