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Eight Things You Didn’t Know About Me

While still trying to digest some of the fantastic, overwhelming and exciting reactions to the initial blog post on Next Generation Knowledge Sharing & Learning Online Conference Event – In Spring 2008? and while I am still trying to figure out a couple of things before I comment further back into that particular blog entry on further steps, I thought I would go ahead and do some light blogging on a topic that I seem to have been tagged from a couple of folks already, who I read on a regular basis and who have been participating in a couple of different memes on a very similar topic: Seven things you didn’t know about me by Martin Koser and Gullible about Work / Blog Balance by Reasonable Robinson.

Yes, that is right. It is another meme where the rules seem to be pretty straight forward:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.

2. List EIGHT random facts about yourself.

3. Tag EIGHT people at the end of your post and list their names.

4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

And although Martin’s meme post seems to be slightly different I thought about combining both of them since the overall outcome seems to be pretty similar. So here we go with the meme post and here you have eight random facts about myself that you may not have heard / read elsewhere:

1. I was born and raised in a very small village in Leรณn, which is where I have spent a good chunk of my life. Another good chunk is spread around The Netherlands (Where I lived 7 years) and, finally, Gran Canaria, where I have been living for nearly four years now.

2. I first got exposed to the world of computers in high school (Yes, I was one of the folks who owned an Amstrad CPC 464!) and back then my marks on computer lessons were really bad, which gave me the impression I would never, ever, work with computers. Fast forward to today … Already 10 years in the IT world and still going strong! ๐Ÿ™‚

3. After I graduated from University, I spent one year working in Thale, Germany, where I got to experience one of the most severe winters in my life thus far with up to -30C. for several days!! But I must say I loved the overall experience quite a bit!!

4. First time I came to Gran Canaria was in 1996 (For a very short period of time) and back then I knew I would be coming back at some point. It took me only 8 years to make that happen ๐Ÿ™‚

5. I actually got my job at IBM while I was spending a two week holiday in The Netherlands in 1997. Probably the longest two weeks I’ve ever known!! (Already heading for my 11th year in the company!)

6. While working for IBM, I spent another year of my life in Dublin, Ireland, where there is very little I would need to explain, if you ever have been there. Yes, I know, I need to get back there for a short visit and catch up some time soon!

7. I was first exposed to Knowledge Management by the end of 1999 and during that time I already sensed it was going to be the field / discipline I would be developing my skills & expertise over the course of the years. Two years later I was working, full time, in a Knowledge Management team. Till today. (And, yes, still going strong, in case you are wondering…)

8. And, finally, I initially got started with my blogging experience back in 2003, as a way to prove to myself how I could work smarter, not necessarily harder, relying on the community and my social networks to get the job done versus having to do the job myself re-inventing the wheel over and over again. Four years later, and just a couple of days after the 10th year anniversary of the word "Weblog", I still feel the same way. Blogs, and plenty of the various different social networks where I hang out, still make me work smarter. Much smarter! Not harder.

And that would be it. Next on this blog post is to actually tag another 8 people who would be willing, hopefully, to take the challenge and share with us 8 factoids about themselves that we may not have heard elsewhere. So here is my list of folks I would love to hear some more from on this particular topic. In random order: Jasmin Tragas (a.k.a. Jazzydee), Thomas van der Wal (a.k.a. wanderwal), David Stephenson (a.k.a. DavidStephenson), Susan Scrupski (a.k.a. ITSinsider), Dennis McDonald (a.k.a. ddmcd), Stuart Henshall (a.k.a. stuarthenshall), Andy Piper (a.k.a. andypiper) and Jon Husband (a.k.a. jonhusband).

I am sure that I could have included a whole bunch of the folks I get to interact with on a daily basis, so feel tagged as well if you would want to chime in a well. Why not, right?

Either way, I am sure that with this particular blog post you actually got to find out about stuff on me that you probably haven’t seen / read elsewhere. Hope you have found it just as entertaining as it was for me to put it up going through that trip down the memory lane.

Now time to go ahead and digest some of the wonderful discussions going on Next Generation Knowledge Sharing & Learning Online Conference Event – In Spring 2008? and see where it would take us all… Fancy joining us on that wild ride, too?

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  1. What… me work? Okay, okay Luis I’m up for the challenge, but I’ll have to put a little thought into this. It will be a holiday project. Damn those vanity alerts!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Holidays from Austin!!

  2. Hi Susan! As I have just mentioned in Twitter, no rush. Whenever you have a chance to go for this small holiday project. I thought it would be fun to take the challenge now that I am holidays for the next 3 weeks and need to unwind a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Glad to hear you would be taking the challenge and Happy Holidays as well! And a very Prosperous & Healthy 2008!!!

  3. Hi Luis, now this is interesting stuff you’re telling us ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Missed the tweet and all subsequent discussions as I am only slowly recovering from twitter fatigue, but you can be sure that the “Next Generation Knowledge Sharing & Learning Online Conference” is something very interesting – and I will throw my hat into the ring.

    And if anyone wants to join a real-life event just for the fun of it – note the Enterprise2Open “BarCamp”-alike event at CeBIT 2008 in Hanover (http://blog.enterprise2open.de/ and http://wiki.enterprise2open.de/). So if you’re there join us and we’ll discuss Enterprise 2.0 / KM 2.0 and more …

  4. Hi Martin! Thanks much for dropping by and for sharing your thoughts over here w.r.t. the conference. I must say that the activity has been so hectic that I am just contemplating all of the different options available and getting incredibly excited about it, for sure! Thanks for showing your interest and will certainly add you to the list of folks interested in finding out some more.

    And w.r.t. links on the real-life events I may actually be contacting you offline on that very same subject, as I am contemplating as well the idea of hosting the conference face to face over here ๐Ÿ˜‰ hehe Will keep in touch and let you know when I have got more info.

    Thanks again for the feedback and good to see you back in Twitter! ๐Ÿ˜€

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