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I am a Female SharePoint Developer (a platinum unicorn). I have been working with SharePoint since I attended the Portal University in 2005. I hold a BA in Computer Science from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. I love playing Rockband, organizing user group meetings, working with code, attending events as a speaker or organizer, and having bizarre conversations about geek things with cool people. If you have any comments or questions fill out the contact form and I will try my best to help.



The Guide of a MOSSLover Becky Isserman's Blog

So I’ve blogged about this a lot.  If you read my blog you know how I got started.  Kansas City .Net User Group and walking up to the right person at the right time plus meeting the right people at the right events that just clicked as good people (Lee, Brian, Jeff, John, Tim, Michael).   I guess looking back over the past 2 years (as of this month I believe?) in retrospect would be nice.  I was pretty hardcore into World of Warcraft back then without many friends newly moved to Kansas City.  Right now I am finally getting on with my life doing some stuff that I always wanted to do.  My goals were to travel all over the place.  I never really saw myself getting up in front of a crowd.  In fact I was the least likely person to get up in front of a crowd.  I feel like I am improving each time.  Anyway I digress…

So the SharePoint Community to me seems like this club of all these people with differing knowledge.  Some of us go out and they share this knowledge.  Some are just here to gain the knowledge so one day they can share the knowledge.  I’d like to hope that I have something that I am contributing each time I go out and speak to people.  Each time that I try to answer questions.  I too go to other people’s sessions with the hopes that I can gain some knowledge.  So is it one huge network of people transferring knowledge as one part perhaps.  The other parts are social aspects.  You get to a certain point in life and think how am I going to meet a bunch of really cool people with similar interests?  I would have never started watching Chuck without the help of Dan Usher.  I met a lot of people at Tulsa Techfest and other events just playing Rockband.  Matt Bremer, JD Wade, and Todd Kitta are all Cardinal’s fans and we showed our pride on Twitter the other week for our team joking around with Cubs fans.  Todd Klindt and Tiffany Songvilay are Barenaked Ladies fans.  I’ve seen a few people that do the whole dress up and go to the Renaissance Faire deal like I used to in St. Louis.  There are a lot of Trekkies on twitter and movie buffs and lacrosse players or ex-players.  It’s pretty nice to know where you fit in with people.  As of stated before I walk into a room and I immediately feel alienated if I don’t recognize one person.  I usually stick to that person.  Nowadays at events you walk into a room and recognize several people and it’s hard to choose from the people.  I feel bad because I have to choose.  Anyway that is sort of what the community is to me.  I guess you could say it’s the make up of a bunch of different individuals sharing a common interest.  There are so may different descriptions.  I go to events to share knowledge, but I also do it to hang out with the people attending.  My dad keeps asking me why spend all the money.  I am using my own person dollar, because these events help keep me sane.  I get to hang out with people who potentially could be friends for years to come.  I am not wasting money, but investing money.  Just know this it takes me years to decide on buying a new system.  It took me 6 months to build my new computer (probably even a year).  I don’t throw away money lightly. 

If it is possible I would love to attend SharePoint Conference, but due to the economic situation and the fact that I am moving it might not happen.  I am going to try, but I have priorities.  The number one thing this year on my goal list is to move to the east coast.  I have talked about moving since I started college.  I will move.  SPC is less of a priority over moving.  One day I will get to a major conference, but this year it just might not happen.  I would love to see all the SharePoint 2010 sessions.  I am sure the content will be great and the people attending will be awesome.  It kills me that I probably won’t go.  I just can’t justify taking out $1100, then paying for hotel and flight when we really need to put the money towards deposits, paying the moving company, and driving the 2 day trip to get our cars, ourselves, and our cat transported.  I like to overcompensate too, so all the money will get thrown into the move.  In case some furniture is lost or something is broken.  I am a little neurotic and certain items will come with us, such as our computers.  I know we are going to get rid of some furniture and that will cost some money.  So if I’m not at SPC it’s not a loss it’s a gain in a different direction.  I hope to see you guys at SPS events throughout next year if I don’t see you this year at the events or devLink.  Have a pint for me when you go to SPC. I’ll catch you all later.

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Posted on Friday, June 5, 2009 10:27 AM MOSS , Personal | Back to top


Comments on this post: What the SharePoint Community means to me…Maybe?

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Becky,
Your speaking has gotten better and better over the last two years. I am glad you are a part of the KC community and I very much appreciate how hard you work at improving your craft and spreading your knowledge. Keep up the great work!!!

Regards,
John Alexander
Left by John Alexander on Jun 05, 2009 1:46 PM

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Someone posted a comment that was generally vague about my public speaking abilities and slightly negative anonymously. I am always debating over should I moderate a comment. I have moderation turned on. A friend made a good point that I should allow all comments and respond. So to the person who left the comment stating that I should not be wasting my money this is what I will say in retort. I don't feel that it is a waste of money. Yes I agree I am not the best speaker. People gave me constructive criticism through the evaluations. I will be working on staying on topic at my next presentation and projecting. I know sometimes I may forget and start to digress. Every time I speak it gets slightly better. I would like to know what specifically you think I should improve upon. I am always up for constructive criticism. If you are out there give it to me. I can handle the good and the bad.
Left by MOSSLover on Jun 08, 2009 3:47 PM

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The Kansas City community won't be the same when you are gone. You have inspired me in more ways than you will probably ever know.
Thanks for hanging out and making C4C such a blast.
You will be missed.
~Lee
Left by Lee Brandt on Jun 12, 2009 2:26 PM

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