So last Thursday/Friday the vExpert slack channel was awash with lots of nervous energy as people were eagerly waiting for the announcement to see if they had been accepted back into the vExpert program for 2018…. Strange, but to me it seemed that everyone was a little bit more nervous this year then previous years!
On a side note – my newly favourited key stroke on Slack is Shift+Esc which clears all unread messages and notifications! =P
What probably didn’t help the nerves was when someone posted up a tweet by Eric Nielsen (who helps run the community alongside Corey Romero) showing that 1366 were accepted into the 2018 vExpert program, 305 were rejected and 183 deferred!!
Definitely made me a bit more nervous when I saw that…. >_<”
I think some people take it for granted that they’ll be re-accepted, I for one am always nervous and never take these things for granted because I see a lot of other people around me who blog a lot more than me or help out in the community a lot more than me.
Nerves were finally settled close to midnight on Friday, just as I was getting ready to go to bed…. an email pinged through with some welcoming words:
I’m obviously glad and honoured to be considered part of this amazing group for the 4th year running. =)
The new vExpert portal looks brilliant and the directory has even updated our profiles:
For those who don’t know, the VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. It’s a select group held in high regards within the VMware community as a bunch of IT professionals who ‘give back’ to the community whether by sharing their VMware knowledge by blogging or by helping within the community forums.
As always, much thanks has to go to those in the background who help run the vExpert and VMTN communities…. Eric Nielsen, Corey Romero and Katie Bradley (to name just a few… apologies if I’ve missed anyone out).
Finally well done to all the new and returning vExperts for 2018.