OK... today was a high point in my "writing career"...
I enjoy writing... From Libby giving me my first shot at being published, to blogging, to writing reviews on Amazon... It's something I love to do. Yes, it's had a number of financial benefits, to be sure. But if it had gone no further than the pages of this blog, I'd still write.
Then there's the five minutes of fame in my small pond. I've followed Esther Schlindler's writing for a long time, and I finally got a chance to meet her at Microsoft PDC 2008 a couple months ago. I brought her a gift of chocolate "just in case" I ever ended up writing for her. Good editors are worth their weight in gold... or chocolate in Esther's case.
Yes, I'm not proud... Bribing and sucking up works for me.
A couple of weeks ago she asked if I wanted to write an article for CIO.com on Lotus Notes. I accepted, and today it was published: 7 Things IT Managers Should Know About Lotus Notes. I had fun writing it, and it was cool to see something I wrote published in a non-IBM/Notes publication.
Ah, but I was *really* surprised when I received an email from Patrick Kenney of IDG International Publishing Services letting me know that some CIO.com content ends up getting syndicated on the New York Times online site, and that my article made it over there.
OK... I can retire now. I'll have a hard time topping that five minutes... :)