If you are a normal reader of VirtualizedGeek you’ll know that I favor VMware as a solution but this isn’t a VMware website. I am a virtualization evangelist. I believe the blog reflects the fact that I have a board tech interest spread across several different vendors. With this focus in mind I’ve been looking at the vExpert program. Recently VMware announced the application deadline for 2013 membership into their vExpert program which is a VMware advocate program. The vExpert program allows a lot of cool privileges like free license keys, access to beta software and marketing material. I think I might have contributed enough to the overall VMware community to take a shot at obtaining the membership.
However, I wondered how participating in any vendor advocacy program would look to my readership. I’ve always personally viewed people with the Microsoft MVP or vExpert as Microsoft or VMware “guys.” I like my “above the fray” approach to blogging. How do you view these advocacy programs and the blogs (which are normally great) ran by people that participate in them?