A new blog design, and I’m moving on..

Last year I spent a great deal of time studying research papers, articles, bloggers, anything related at all to RIA. I did this as being a RIA Evangelist for Microsoft It was important that I not only understand my audience but also what motivates them.

I don’t have all the answers, but I have some and with what I have learnt, I’ve decided to joining forces with a larger brand. In that, I am joining blog forces with the Visitmix.com blog team officially and looking forward to focusing my energy there.

What does this mean for you, the reader?

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Not much, as I my RSS feed gets fed from Feedsburner.com and so you shouldn’t have to update your RSS feed going forward. If you however visit this blog via web browser, then it’s simply a case of following the redirection URL or let the META REFRESH take over once I settle into my new stomping ground.

What’s with the new blog title?

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I’ve decided to change my title to the RIA Times, kind of a aggregated view of the RIA world according to Microsoft. Like it or lump it as that’s the best thing about the interweb, free choice.

I have registered the domain theriatimes.com but I’ll not to commit to anything just yet. Still mind mapping my approach around this one.

That all being said, my focus going forward as a RIA Evangelist for Microsoft is to ensure that we start to bring out the best in folks whom are adopting our UX Platform boots and all.

Why a sudden change in perspective?

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Frustration. I spent a year waiting, some more waiting and finally gave up waiting. It’s not just Microsoft but all brands, there just doesn’t seem to be a constant flow of bigger picture discussions? You get some great gems every now and then but they are few and far between. What does seem to happen is the constant Silverlight vs Flash/Flex discussion and that annoys me as it’s not the rants back and forth but simply the maturity of the actual discussion.

Instead I’ll  simply re-focus my efforts on finding deeper insightful conversations from many of you out there that are in the RIA space. Kick over a few stones if you will and see what we can come up with, all on Microsoft’s time.

Evangelism for me is about sparking adoption and in order to create such a spark, you first need to assemble the relevant materials. That’s what I’ll be doing, hunting and gathering 🙂

"..The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man…" – George Bernard Shaw

Change is a good thing. Its fresh.. Come argue the point with me at MIX08 in Las Vegas this year!

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Comments (9)

  1. Sarah says:

    Hey Scott,

    Have fun in your new role!

    Not sure about that last pic of you though – sort of looks like you’re giving us the big f-you! ;o)

  2. Garry Trinder says:

    hehehe .. it was meant to be "stfu anyone who wants to argue with me in 2008" .. 🙂

  3. Russ Weakley says:

    You lok so strong and butch in the last photo. Like Microsoft’s answer to Chopper Read.

  4. Congrats on the new name/digs!  I’m of a similar mind to you as to the direction of our industry (that of web development) and just posted on it yesterday in fact.  Hopefully in your RIA Evangelist roles you can help everyone else see what is going to happen anyway.

    Again, congrats!

  5. Pete Brown says:

    Congrats on the move! I’m looking forward to some deeper talk about RIA, trends, ideas, and the industry in general

  6. Matt Voerman says:

    LMFAO – Russ thats gold! Just call him Uncle ScottScott – instead of ChopChop. All he needs is the mangled ear and he’ll truly be M$’s RIA heavy man

  7. Garry Trinder says:

    lol – kids can be so cruel..

    I’ve also got a photo from Movemember where I have the uncle chop chop look going. I should Flickr it but I have visions of it coming back one day to haunt me..

  8. Garry Trinder says:

    Bugger. I so wanted to be the Chopper Reid of Microsoft. Maybe I could be the Ray Williams of Microsoft?

  9. Adam Kinney says:

    Congrats!  Looking forward to your full time contribution on the MIX site.