# Friday, July 4, 2008

July 3 (Contribupendence Day) is almost over.  As promised, I wrote reviews for several colleagues on LinkedIn.  Most of the people I reviewed were those I worked with directly at my last employer.  I am currently on a project that allows me to work directly with a couple folks from my current employer

I became motivated enough that I ended up writing 7 reviews tonight (I had only promised 5) and I invited quite a few new people to connect with me on LinkedIn and Plaxo

I was surprised at the number of past and present colleagues that are using these networking sites.  My connections should at least double in the next few days.

Hopefully the people I recommended will be inspired to pick 5 people of their own and this thing will explode.

My plan is to write more recommendations in the coming weeks.  I have some that I've written but cannot make official until the recipient accepts my connection invitation. 

I won't copy my recommendations on this site but you are welcome to read them here.

Again thanks to Jeff for suggesting this.

Friday, July 4, 2008 3:08:05 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Thursday, July 3, 2008

Tomorrow - July 3 - is Contribupendence Day.

What is Contribupendence Day, you ask?  Well it's the day when all readers of my blog agree to send me $20.

Not really.  Contribupendence Day is the brainchild of Microsoft Developer Evangelist Jeff Blankenburg, who woke up one day and noticed the untapped potential of networking sites such as LinkedIn, Plaxo and Facebook.  These sites give us the opportunity to recommend or comment on those we have worked.  Unfortunately, few of us take advantage of this feature which is a shame.  These recommendations could be a good source of feedback to potential employers and might make the difference in getting an interview or landing a job.

He's right of course. I've been on LinkedIn for a couple months and I am connected to a few dozen people but these are very passive connections.  In the back of my mind, I tell myself I'll focus on LinkedIn the next time I look for a job (which hopefully won't be for a long time).  The problem with this attitude is that I'm relying on everyone else to motivate themselves around my schedule.  When I'm ready to look for a job, will others have the time to write a glowing review for me?  If I worked for or with them, will they even remember my specific accomplishments?

So, at Jeff's urging, I'm being proactive.  Tomorrow I resolve to write reviews of 5 people on LinkedIn.  In doing so, I hope to inspire these 5 to either review me or to review someone else, which will set in motion a process that may very well come back to me.

I've worked with some great people in my life so it wasn't difficult to pick five that I can rave about.  I'll be reviewing them tomorrow and I urge you to do the same.

Happy Contribupendence Day everybody!  And you are welcome to review me.  Or, if that's too much trouble, just send me the 20 bucks.

Thursday, July 3, 2008 3:24:25 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The ann arbor Give Camp is July 11-13 at Washtenaw Community College - less than two weeks away.  For those who haven't heard, this is a great opportunity to contribute to some worthy causes, flex your tech muscles and network with the developer community. 

At this event, software developers, DBA, project managers and UI designers will get together and develop projects for local charities.  So many charities requested projects for this camp that most had to be turned away due to lack of resources.  The more people involved, the more charities we can help.  The facilities will be available and staffed round-the-clock on this weekend and refreshments will be provided.  For security reasons, you must register in advance in order to participate.  Jennifer Marsman of Microsoft is organizing the camp. 

I will be out of town with my son the weekend of the event, but I volunteered to help with some of the evaluations of the projects because it I really wanted to contribute.

You can get more information and you can register for this great outing at http://www.annarborgivecamp.org/.  If you will be in town, please take a look and consider giving your time.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 4:49:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)