Renewed as an MVP for 14 years

July 1st came and went this year with a lot less uncertainty and dread. That’s because this year all MVPs were renewed for another year due to the lowered opportunities available during the pandemic. But even if I didn’t worry about it as much this year I was still just as excited to get the official notice that my MVP status has officially been re-awarded for the 14th year. I continue to feel honored and grateful for Microsoft’s recognition of my contributions to the community for another year.

But now its time to plan for the new year.  The Covid-19 pandemic shut down all in-person speaking events for almost 18 months  I have spoken at a couple virtual conferences last year, but I’m looking forward to in-person events starting up again later this summer. I’ll be traveling to Chicago to present at SPFest in a few weeks with two additional events later this fall.

Over the last year I’ve been spending a lot more time working with Power Apps and Power Automate, particularly as it applies to SharePoint and Teams.  In addition to being re-awarded as an MVP I continue as a Dual Super User in the Power Apps and Power Automate community forums. With the announcement last fall that SharePoint workflows are going away these two areas will become even more important for working with SharePoint online.

So here’s to another year as an MVP. I’m really looking forward to it.

13th Year as an MVP

mvp13July 1st is always a day that I both look forward to and dread.  That’s the morning I find out whether my MVP status has been renewed or not. I really started worrying this year when I saw lots of my friends and colleagues announce their re-awards at a little after 11:00 AM Eastern time.  By noon I was convinced that I had not been re-awarded. The one piece of hope that I tried to hold onto was that MS said they would send emails to all MVPs with the re-award decision whether they were re-awarded or not. With a sigh of relief I finally got my email around 12:30 Eastern time.  I’m not sure why my email was later than it has been in previous years, but it was a reminder to me how much I value being an MVP. I am particularly honored and grateful for Microsoft’s continued recognition this year.

But now its time to plan for the new year.  The Covid-19 pandemic has really cut into my time speaking at conferences, since most conferences have been cancelled or postponed.  But I have spoken at a couple virtual conferences this spring and as fall approaches it looks like I will have a busy schedule speaking at conferences that were postponed from earlier this year.

Over the last year I’ve been spending a lot more time working with Power Apps and Power Automate, particularly as it applies to SharePoint and Teams.  In addition to being re-awarded as an MVP I’ve also been named a Dual Super User in the Power Apps and Power Automate community forums. With the announcement last week that SharePoint workflows are going away these two areas will become even more important for working with SharePoint online.

So here’s to another year as an MVP. I’m really looking forward to it.