vesuvius said:

Spend some time at Channel9.msdn.com as well. I don't know what it is, but quite a few niners of late have joined the mothership; dahat, littleguru, joechung, iontodrel (from memory) and a few others.

 

Many of us niners...turned into blue badges...so if you're interested in learning about the whole process feel free to ping one of us. Good luck on your search!