For the first time in four years, I get up in the morning with a spring in my step. Finding what you are passionate about: getting a job that matches this passion
; then having the scope to experiment doesn't pop up daily. I am, at heart, a storyteller.
Unless you create your own company, start it from nothing, build the 'widget' and keep driving - ultimate freedom is rare. Even the Scoble is finding startups have process
Working in Microsoft Australia, not Redmond, I don't have access to all the internal stuff that Larry, Tina and Laura get to see. No breaking news stories from me.
What I do get to see are the real people in Australia, doing strange and amazing things in their lives with technology
. And I just love hearing and retelling their stories. At heart, we all love stories. Movies, jokes, anecdotes, gossip: they all tell stories. Inside the story is wrapped a kernal of learning or insight. That "gotcha" moment.
Therefore, the content I can contribute are the stories of geeks
, power-users, the hard workers behind the scenes and the thought-leaders in Australia
. The mantra of "The Geek Stories
"; tell the story.
We are in the middle of a lifestyle revolution accelerated by packets of digital bits
. The stories that need to be told are where people are using technology to capture memories, and/or connect to others
. Telling stories.
Being at Microsoft, obviously I am going be looking for stories that have some connection to our technology. Sometimes these connections will be tenuous. Other times, they will be overt
. Ultimately someone has to pay the bills, and noone is free from the context of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
I think these technology areas include: social networking writ large(blogging, 'casting, IM'ing, wiki'ing, uses in learning), video/ photography/ audio, fun stuff (games, immersive online environments) and gadgetry. Each of these areas either capture or connect.
There is an intersection of various Microsoft-branded things that enhance these technology areas. I suppose a part of my job is to help connect the stories with the technologies. All the MBA waffle aside
, I am more than happy to be directed by you, the audience.Emails are more than welcome
, but consider this as strategy in the raw.edit: and/or connect
add: I am, at heart, a storyteller