Joel Oleson Has Left the Building–And Good Riddance…

So the news is out, Joel Oleson, perhaps the most famous person in the SharePoint community, is leaving the scene where he’s been performing for the past three years.

Although I’m sure everyone will post kind and gentle greetings, I’d like to say this: Joel, sod off, you selfish piece of horse manure.

Here’s the story so far: Joel worked with Microsoft, switched companies to Quest, and became a SharePoint community superstar, not necessarily in that order. He traveled the world and talked to people, mostly staying in five star hotels, like when he was in Oslo and stayed at the fancy Thon Hotel Astoria.

All fine and dandy, but of course, he wouldn’t be where he is if it hadn’t been for us, the community, and Joel’s audience. So, it’s actually we that made Joel famous, and he himself obviously only rested on the bosom of good fortune.

Now, however, he’s had enough of our fame, and decides to blow us off and focus on himself and his family. Obviously, we’re no longer important to him now that he’s earned his millions and millions of dollars, living in his luxurious Bel Air mansion, and probably buying his wife and kids diamond bracelets worth more than several of the small African countries he’s visited.

So, after we’ve worked so hard to make Joel what he was to us, we’re now left with nothing, and he gets everything we’ve given him. We’ve had to take literally hours away from TV time to come watch your presentations. I mean, I know several people in Oslo who had to travel for up to 30 minutes each way to come see your show. Where’s your gratitude to them? How about all those people who laughed at your jokes, who expressed an interest in what you were saying, and applauded after the presentations, just so you could feel better? There were thousands of people who did that for you, Joel. Thousands.

Where’s your sense of thankfulness, Joel? Isn’t it enough that endured all your lectures around the world, sitting patiently while you enjoyed your passion of talking about SharePoint? Weren’t we good enough? Did we not ask you the right questions? What triggered this selfish act of yours, to start thinking about yourself rather than us? We’re don’t care about your family, we care only for ourselves, and so should you. Care about us, I mean.

We have sacrificed so much, Joel, and now we’re left without even a decent goodbye. I think sacrificing your family is the least you could do for us.

Well, you’re showing your true face now. I hope you enjoy the life of obscene luxury we’ve given you.

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Are you an aspiring author? Want to get a scholarship to USPJ Academy? Read on…

I thought I’d break the long silence here in my blog with a cool announcement.

As you may know, I’ve taken on the role of lead editor at SharePoint Magazine. One of my first ideas was to run an aspiring authors competition to help authors who may not have the attention they deserve get into the spotlight and help promote their great content.

The result of this idea is the first Aspiring Authors competition we’ll run. If this turns into a success, we’ll have more, but for the first one, here’s the pitch.

We ask authors to submit their articles to SharePoint Magazine. Then, from the articles we receive, an expert jury will pick three finalists whose articles will be edited and published in SharePoint Magazine, both online and in print.

Then we turn the final decision over to the community. For one month, starting May 1, the community will have a chance to vote for their favorite article, and the winner will be the article that receives the most votes by the end of May.

The grand prize is a 12-month full tuition scholarship at USPJ Academy, a three-article publishing contract with SharePoint Magazine, and inclusion in an upcoming program called the author mentoring program, aimed at further improving the writing skills and career of the winner.

The two other finalists will receive 3-month full tuition scholarships plus a contract for one more article with SharePoint Magazine.

You can read the full details of the competition on the competition page.

So, whip out your writing skills and submit your article, we’re eagerly awaiting your entry :-)

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