We Need an End User Content Revolution

Christian Buckley

Christian is a 7-time Office Servers and Services MVP, internationally-recognized technology evangelist and collaboration expert, and the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • How can anyone take EUSP seriously as a content host when the business model is essentially get people to write for free while EUSP profits from it?

    We get it, its his livelihood but its shady. It doesn’t surprise me that speakers/writers dont support it more.

    The revolution needs to include “whats in it for me” for these content writers. Until then its just a site with a bunch of jquery written by other people.

  • Christian,

    Count me in. We met at the SharePoint Users Group in Sacramento this week. I too have talked with Mark Miller about the changes he is doing and will be proposing a series on 2010 that is geared toward the end user on how to use the rich features found in 2010. The series will start with the basics to help end users understand and adopt the technology. So many times when I talk with clients and their employees they are just trying to understand the basics to SharePoint. You and I have been doing this for years and I find it easy to forget where I am with SharePoint is not where they are. And since I am at the start of 2010, I thought why not take users through learning 2010 as I am with a series on the what 2010 can do out of the box.

  • Not sure why “Negative” felt the need to take a shot at EUSP but I don’t think he’s giving Mark and what he has built a fair shake.

    As someone that has content posted there let me tell you why I do it. It’s not for recognition or money, it’s not for fame or fortune, it’s not to get the opportunity to be a keynote speaker at some high priced SharePoint event. Sure any of those would be great but like I said that isn’t why I do it.

    I do it because I want to give back to the community. In the 7 years I’ve been working with SharePoint I have benefited from the knowledge of others too many times to count. Whether it was assistance with trying to figure out how something worked or how to solve a particular issue or requirement. Now that I have some knowledge I want to help those folks out that need, want or crave assistance with the same types of issues I faced. It’s called giving back and it’s one of the things that make the SharePoint community so great to be a part of.

    Mark has provided us a platform to do just that and share our experiences with a far broader audience than I would ever hope to reach if all I did was post content on my blog and hope that someone would stumble across it via Google or BING.

    So what if Mark makes some money off of the site. I seriously doubt he’s getting rich doing it. He has provided me, and a lot of others, with a built in audience and platform to share what we know with those that either need the help, desire the knowledge or are insanely curious.

    As for the statement “It doesn’t surprise me that speakers/writers don’t support it more” I think that a roster of 37 authors, 83 guest authors, 1550+ articles and 11,000 comments would bely that comment. If you don’t feel that there is content there that’s worthwhile to end users back away from the all you can eat buffet and start contributing. Write some articles, comment there on existing content, or help out on the Stump the Panel forum.

    Or if you think you could do better you could always start your own site and see how it measures up to what Mark and everyone else that participates have built.

    – Jay