Back in September I received a call from my MVP lead that I wasn’t being renewed. Not a big surprise, though still a disappointment. The program has changed a lot since I joined in 2008 and today has much more focus on “data platform” than just SQL Server (where I continue to focus). I’ve also done less in the community in the past year or two than in many years, opting to use the time I had to support local groups and serve on the NomCom this year. The combination of the two meant I fell under whatever magic line was drawn between stay and go.
Since I was first awarded in 2008 I’ve tried to stick to the plan of doing the things I wanted to do and that I could do (time, effort, money) and if they aligned with MVP goals that was good, if not, that was good too. I have no complaints about my time in the program, or on my non-renewal. Our paths have diverged, at least for now, and that means someone with more time and energy than I have gets to ‘take my seat’ as it were.