Two Years of Writing and Blogging
November 1, 2013
In October 2008, I went to the Citrix Summit in Orlando. There I attended a XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008 Hands-on lab taught by Jo Harder of Citrix. Later during the Summit, I saw Jo standing in the hallway outside the lab and got up the courage to talk to her. I told Jo I was interested in writing a series of basic “How To” articles about XenApp. She thought it was a great idea and encouraged me to proceed.
On November 1, 2008, I created carlwebster.com and published my first article two days later. In January 2009, I was “discovered” by Doug Brown, moved my articles to his site, and started writing for him exclusively. When I originally talked to Doug, I was floored that someone of his stature would ask an unknown to write for his famous web site.
In November 2009 I was nominated for the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award. When I submitted my CTP application I had 33 articles that had been viewed a cumulative 243,526 times. In November 2010 I have 63 articles written which is an average of 2.6 articles a month since November 2008. All my articles from both carlwebster.com and dabcc.com/Webster have been viewed 642,206 times! That is just simply mind-boggling to me.
I have also completed my first book which has sold 99 copies as of October 31, 2010, almost done with the second book and already has plans for the next three books.
On another note, I spend a lot of time on Experts Exchange helping people with their Citrix issues and questions. As of November 1, 2010, I have 1,229,486 points making me #1 in the Citrix zone, have answered 851 questions, participated in another 511 questions, and have made a total of 3,143 comments.
I want to make sure I thank my friend Michael B. Smith (Exchange MVP) for his encouragement to get started writing and for Jo Harder not brushing me off when I met her at Summit 2008.
It has been a very busy 2 years! Thanks to everyone who reads my articles.
Citrix Technology Professional