One of the things I love about blogging is the career opportunities it creates for bloggers. I’ve personally benefited by having my professional profile lifted via VirtualizedGeek. But, as a techie and consumer of some great blogs, one of the things I hate about blogging is that a lot of the great independent voices of our community get hired away by the very vendors they cover. It’s a love hate type of relationship for me. I love to see people get the opportunity of a life time to go work for companies that they are passionate about. And from a customer perspective these resources add deeply to the roster of talent the vendors have at their disposal to support and improve their products. I’ve found technology bloggers to be among some of the best talent available on the market. It makes perfect sense that vendors would want to hire candidates that are knowledgeable and passionate and have the ability to communicate about the products that they sell.
However, for those of us that look to these guys and gals as resources for independent critiques on these same vendors, it creates a void every time one of them is hired away. I think the challenge is especially pronounced in the VMware community. Virtualization is a tough technical topic to master let alone write about with any level of authority. Believe me, I’ve tried. It’s also a complex topic from a vendor landscape. It’s generally accepted that VMware is the leader in virtualization technologies. But, it’s nice to have knowledgeable independent sources for data to validate the assumption and help us understand how other vendors measure up to the industry leader. These types of critiques come from independent bloggers.
When someone signs your check, it becomes much more difficult to be critical of the organization. I think overall the solution is for vendors to continue to push community programs such as the Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert program to generate new voices. I’m grateful to VMware and its commitment to the blogger community. My only complaint (well not my ONLY one) is that I wish they’d release the NSX bits to the vExpert community (I know shameless unrelated plug).
The bottom line is that we need more people blogging and I’m hoping it inspires some of you guys to start a blog. You never know, you might get a call from VMware recruiting 🙂