The TechNet UK Blog is 5 years old today and boy it's been a good 5 years getting to know you all. In this post we want to share with you some of your favourite blog posts and also let you know what our 6 TechNet Editors are up to now.
From the very first post the editors have had a great time working with our writers to come up with new and interesting articles and competitions. Here are just a few of our highlights:
The Fun Articles
- Introducing Microsoft's Latest Innovation: SmartClippy - everyone was excited for the return of Clippy with added features and it definitely didn't disappoint!
- Bizarre Job Titles in Technology - the exploration into the weird, wonderful and down right bizarre job titles in the Tech Industry.
Celebrating our SysAdmins
On the last Friday of July every year we like to celebrate and show our appreciation for the great work our SysAdmins do for us here at Microsoft and in every company. We sure do love our gifs (and cake):
We have had some fantastic competitions over the years, here are two of the highlights:
Popular Blog Posts
Over the years we have published a vast array of articles and it's hard to single out just a few but here are the articles that you guys seemed to love the most:
- 20 Years of TechEd Europe
- 5 Mistakes IT Pros Make Progressing their Career
- What did I miss at BUILD 2015? A Summary of Announcements
- Why Wearable Need to be Useful, Usable and Desirable
- Licensing Logic: Licensing SQL Server, Everything You Need to Know!
- Helping you tackle the 10 immutable laws of security
- DNS - The key to a successful Office 365 migration
- Windows 10 Internet of Things
- Three things you need to learn to stay in the IT Pro business
- In demand Cloud Skills for 2015
- Office 365 MCSA - Post Exam feedback!
- IT Pro Team provide their top tips for sessions at TechEd Europe - plus win a trip to TechEd Europe!
- IT Services at Christmas
“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.” (Brian Clark, 2012) - this quote really encompasses how we've aspired to create a blog that you can go to and find useful content to help you be successful in your jobs. However, we know we're not perfect and are always looking to improve. With this in mind as a birthday present to us we would love to hear about what we have done well and most importantly where we can improve so the next 5 years sees you continue to receive content that you really want to read! Let us know your thoughts in the comments section and we will get our editors to work.
Over the past 5 years we have had 6 TechNet Editors who have done a fantastic job with the TechNet UK Blog in their own special way. Here's what they're up to now:
Editor from launch until September 2011
Editor from November 2011 - June 2013
Interim Editor from September 2011 – November 2011
Editor from July 2013 to July 2014
Seems like only yesterday, I was keeper of content across the blog and newsletter channels. I have now recently graduated Newcastle Business School with a First Class BA (Hons) in Marketing Management and delighted to be joining Microsoft again as a Graduate in September working as a Partner Sales Executive within SMS&P in Reading. Needless to say I'll always have a soft spot for the TechNet team - no doubt finding a way to pop by when I can. My favourite thing about being editor was curating the content that mattered to our technical audience. Not to be cliche, but what I enjoyed the most was being out and about, on the road at events and gaining insights from you on what's best to publish. Then working with our awesome team of content creators to make that happen. My favourite article was the TechDays 2013 wrap up, mostly because the memories that I associate along with it. The hard work, the team collaboration, the Steve B interview, Countdown conundrum and... my xbox onesie cameo. Top event all round and well summed up through this article (I'm getting all nostalgic). It's been great to grace the blog pages once more, hopefully I may bump into a few familiar faces when I'm back.
Editor from July 2014 to July 2015
Being TechNet Editor for the past year has been a fantastic experience and I have many highlights. Firstly, I must say it has been great getting to know you all and building up a network of great writers who have written lots of fab articles for the TechNet UK Blog over the years and we really can't thank you enough for those! One of my highlights was definitely leading the Learning at Work Week campaign back in May, championed by the Campaign for Learning organisation, which aims to put the spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development within the workplace. We saw this as fantastic initiative to encourage our IT Pros and Developers to use this week as an opportunity to develop their learning which is important in order to stay up-to-date with the ever evolving technological landscape - it was a lot of fun sourcing and writing the blog posts highlighting the campaign as well as lots of the great online learning resources for our readers to ingest. Another highlight was getting the chance to be involved with the two TechDays Online events and getting to work amongst the production team throughout those events, we had a lot of fun producing the events and we hope you enjoyed them too. Life after being the TechNet Editor sees me heading back to Nottingham Trent University shortly to finish my Information Systems degree. Hopefully this is not a goodbye but more of a see you later.
Editor from July 2015 to Present
Thank you for everything so far and bring on the next 5 years! #HappyBlogging