Blogtober – Tech Edition

This is an exciting time of year.  VMworld US has come to an end, and the focus is about to shift to VMworld Europe.  Before long, Systems Engineers around the world are going to start taking what they have learned and applying them to their jobs.  With all the fantastic new subject matter the industry has thrust upon us, what better time to dust off the old Smith Corona (or laptop) and kick out some community content?

I have decided we should kick off a #Blogtober campaign for the tech / virtualization community.  Why am I doing this?  Three reasons:

  • I can’t tell you how many folks are interested in increasing their visibility in the community.  Many indicated they WANTED to blog, but just needed a bit of a push to do it.
  • As I said, this time of year is like Christmas for techs.  There are many industry conferences occurring, and what better time to blog about what you have learned?
  • vExpert 2017 – I maintain that the VMware vExpert award winners are fantastic producers of content.  Most vExperts started small, whether it be presenting at their first VMUG, standing up their first blog, or simply starting a conversation at a local meetup like vBeers.  These folks were not vExperts when they started out, and giving the future producers of vCommunity content a reason to start producing, will only help us all!

Anyway, here is what I would like to do:

  • http://www.blogtober.net is now a thing.  It is a link to this blog post.
  • If you would like to participate in Blogtober, feel free to comment on this post, with a link to your blog!  I will try to compile a list of blogs in a more consumable format, below.
  • Participating in Blogtober means you commit to creating 5 blog posts during the month of October!
  • UPDATE! VMUG has agreed to give away 3 – $100 Gift Cards to Blogtober participants!  To be eligible, simply post 5 – 400+ word blogs in October and we will randomly draw the winners out of those who have accomplished the feat! More information here.

Here is an early list of bloggers that are in for #Blogtober.  Please note, some of these folks are getting back to blogging or starting new blogs!  If there isn’t a ton of content, they have pledged there will be come October!

Who’s next??  As I said, shoot a comment in at the bottom and you will be added to the blogroll.

OctoberBlogtober is only a few weeks away, so start working on your content.  I know I will!

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81 Comments

  1. Eric Allione

    Hello, this is @vNetworking. I pulled most all of my blog content on CustomNet.com for being outdated so it is extremely empty right now. I commit to 5+ posts during October. It is a forum that I use as a “blog” platform.

    Reply
    1. matt (Post author)

      Welcome, Eric! I’ll get your site on the blogroll.

      Reply
  2. Jeremy Ey (@kayakerscout)

    Matt,
    This is great! Count me in for Blogtober, https://quirkyvirtualization.net. I should have a couple of new posts this week and then I’ll start planning some Blogtober posts. Additionally, thanks for organizing this.

    Reply
    1. matt (Post author)

      You bet. Thanks, Jeremy!

      Reply
  3. Colin Westwater

    I will participate – http://www.vgemba.net

    I have an idea on a series, so this will make me write it up.

    Reply
    1. matt (Post author)

      Thanks, Colin!

      Reply
  4. Aaron Strong

    I’m down with Blogtober! Do the 5 articles have to be VMware focused only?

    Reply
    1. matt (Post author)

      They can be VMware / virtualization-based, but making sure it is a technical blog is the only real suggestion!

      Reply
  5. Venkatesh Sekar

    I am in 🙂 virtuallysekar.com

    Reply
  6. Nick Carbone

    I’m in! http://vcarbs.com

    Reply
  7. matt (Post author)

    Welcome, Aaron, Venkatesh and Nick!

    Reply
  8. Chestin Hay

    I’m game for this! https://letsv4real.com/

    Reply
    1. matt (Post author)

      Done. Thanks, Chestin!

      Reply
  9. Richard Arnold

    Lets do this! https://d8taDude.com

    @d8taDude

    Reply
    1. matt (Post author)

      Thanks, Richard!

      Reply
  10. Scott Driver

    You the man Matt! I’m excited to be participating!

    Reply
    1. matt (Post author)

      Rock on. Thanks, Scott!

      Reply
  11. Stephen Owens

    New to blogging here, and just now getting started in the community. This is a great opportunity for me to grow! I’m in.

    https://thevirtualboi.wordpress.com/

    Reply
    1. matt (Post author)

      Welcome, Stephen!

      Reply
  12. Ray Olander

    Hi Matt! In the past I’ve only been able to muster a blog posting here and there. This challenge is the perfect inspiration for me to work on being more active with my writing. As always, thanks for your continuous efforts to support and empower the community!

    https://virtuallyuseful.wordpress.com/
    @virtuallyuseful

    Reply
  13. Rebecca

    Count me in. technicloud.com

    Reply
  14. Ian Noble

    looking forward to meeting you #blogtober

    https://www.iannoble.co.uk
    @iannoble

    Reply
  15. Chad Roth

    New to blogging as well and realizing the importance of community more and more each day!
    I’m hearing the Captain Planet intro in my head all of a sudden. “The Power of vCommunity combined…”

    @chaderoth

    Reply
  16. Mike Chouinard

    It took me a week to settle on a name and buy a domain… I guess now I have to actually populate it with content!

    https://thecloudybeer.com
    @chewievt

    Reply
  17. Abdullah Abdullah
  18. Dee Abson

    +1 for #Blogtober. It’ll be a great warm-up for #vdm30in30 in November!

    Canadian bloggers remember that you can use your (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend to crank out some post-age!

    https://teebeedee.org // @deeabson

    Reply
  19. Tim Smith

    Matt – add me to the list as well. Tim Smith -https://tsmith.co

    Reply
  20. Jason Davidson

    Great call Matt! Please count me in – Brand new blog just setup (zero content): http://8bitvirtual.net @jasonbdavidson

    Reply
  21. Jon Hildebrand

    I commented on Twitter, but I guess I’ll make it official. Feel free to add me to the list. @snoopj123 on Twitter; snoopj.wordpress.com for the blog.

    Reply
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  23. Tim

    I’m in! @ALDTD vTimD.com

    Reply
  24. Azarya

    Count me in Matt.

    http://Shaulov.us

    Reply
  25. Craig Dalrymple

    Like the sound of this can I be added to the list please
    @cragdoo
    http://www.cragdoo.co.uk

    Reply
  26. Michael Cade

    Count me in as I start the packing for NetApp Insight with posts in the chamber ready to go out next week and a ton of ideas on some new content.

    @MichaelCade1
    https://vzilla.co.uk/

    Reply
  27. Jorge

    Hi, I’m in as well:
    @jorgedlcruz
    https://jorgedelacruz.es // https://jorgedelacruz.uk

    Just in September I’ve published 14 articles, so 5 seems reasonable easy to achieve 🙂

    Thanks!

    Reply
  28. Ian

    Sign me up 🙂
    https://www.snurf.co.uk
    @ian0x0r

    #Blogtober

    Reply
  29. Mwpreston

    Totally in

    https://blog.mwpreston.net

    Thx

    Reply
  30. Nick Korte

    I want in!

    http://blog.thenetworknerd.com/

    @NetworkNerd_

    Reply
  31. Scott Driver

    It was the first of #blogtober and all through the house, geeks were typing in their basements to get their first blog post out.

    Some reflections on public speaking.
    https://virtualvt.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/i-really-need-to-be-scared-more/

    Reply
  32. Graham

    Why not?

    http://virtualg.uk
    @virtualg_uk

    Cheers

    Reply
  33. Lukas Winn

    Sign me up! 😀

    Still got some VMworld Europe content to complete!
    5 posts in October…consider it done!

    https://lukaswinn.net
    @lukaswinn

    Reply
  34. Ariel

    Blogs.arielsanchezmora.com – add me please 🙂

    Reply
  35. Joe Houghes

    I’ll join in as a newbie, blog is empty, so 5 posts in October is a good start.

    Reply
  36. Aresh Sarkari

    I pledge to 5 post 5in October
    Blog: http://www.askaresh.com

    Reply
  37. Lino Telera

    Hi this is @linotelera (Lino Telera) from http://blog.linoproject.net. My posts are focused on virtualization, cloud and devops with some how-to… Thanks

    Reply
  38. Manfred Hofer

    Count me in. Have not much time but I love challenges 🙂

    http://www.vbrain.info

    Reply
  39. Ed Morgan

    Oy, just saw this. Reckon I can get involved.

    https://blog.edmorgan.info
    @mo6020

    Reply
  40. Nathan Oldfield

    Just what I need.

    NathanOldfield.tech

    @nathanoldfield6

    Reply
  41. Sujith Surendran

    I am in
    http://vGyan.in

    @sujithsn24

    Reply
  42. Wences Michel

    Great idea! Sign me up! https://m1labs.co/

    Thanks!

    Wences Michel
    @wmichel

    Reply
  43. Matt Crape

    I’m a little late to the game, but I’ll toss my hat in 🙂

    Reply
  44. Natasha

    I would surely be interested as well. I m late by 3 days but hoping to chip in.

    Reply
  45. Dan Frith

    Count me in – https://www.penguinpunk.net/blog

    @penguinpunk

    Reply
  46. Pascal van de Bor

    I can do that Blogtober, i think… we will see ;). Sign me up at https://pascalswereld.nl

    Reply
  47. Manish Jha

    Hello Folks. I will be glad to be part of this program. I am author of http://www.vstellar.com and I blog regularly.

    In the month of spetember I published 19 posts and this month I have published 2 posts as of now. Many more will come as blogging is like having water for me (can’t live without it)

    Reply
  48. Andrew Mauro
  49. Cody De Arkland

    Is it too late to sign up? Can’t believe I missed this somehow!

    https://www.thehumblelab.com

    Got a ton of content planned this month!

    Reply
  50. Andreas

    Ok, I will give it a try… count me in for this event http://www.running-system.com

    Reply
  51. Frank van Egmond

    Been working on coming back to the blogosphere. Blogtober sounds the month to do so. Count me in as well!

    Reply
  52. Matt Allford

    Count me in if there is room!

    https://virtualtassie.com

    @mattallford

    Reply
  53. Ryan S

    I’m definitely interested as well!

    Reply
  54. Paul Arquette

    I have a blog and don’t use it near as often as I would like to. I’ll give this a shot.

    http://paularquette.com

    @vmwareninja

    Reply
  55. Raff Poltronieri

    Hi, vaddicted.wordpress.com
    Thanks

    Reply
  56. VIKAS SHITOLE

    This is great. I want to participate as well. I am not sure if I am already late on my comment here.

    Reply
  57. Doug DeFrank

    Sounds like a great idea to me! I’m a little late to the game, but I think I can crank out five posts before the end of the month.

    My blog is at http://www.dougdefrank.com and I’m on Twitter as well — @dougdefrank

    Good luck, everyone!

    Reply
  58. Luigi "NerdBlurt" Danakos

    Add http://Blurt-This.com to the list and my twitter is @NerdBlurt

    Reply
  59. greg schulz

    Add http://storageioblog.com to the list and my twitter is @StorageIO thanks

    Reply
  60. Christopher Lewis

    Count me in @thecloudxpert (twitter) on https://thecloudxpert.net – i’ll try and add some content 🙂

    Reply
  61. Robert Napiza

    a little late here, but count me in

    http://techstuff.napiza.org

    Twitter: @robnapiza

    Reply
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  66. Peter van de Bree

    Matt,
    This is great! Count me in for Blogtober, https://cloudastronaut.com . I have a couple of new posts this week and be starting and planning some Blogtober posts.
    Thanks for organizing this.

    Reply
  67. Ken Nalbone

    I don’t think I was added originally, but I have one post up already.

    http://FullStackKENgineer.com

    @KenNalbone

    Reply
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