We at SearchSOA.com are looking for the next generation of leaders in the app dev space.
You see, we’ve got this new blogs section (you’re reading it right now) and we know we’ve got some budding stars out there. We offer a heck of a nice platform with nearly 500,000 site members. It offers the chance to establish yourself as a thought leader in an arena that has become critical to the enterprise.
So who are we looking for?
First, we’re interested in end users and integrators. Nothing against vendors, but they already do a fine job of getting out the word on their particular slant on things. What we want is the people who are trying to make service-oriented architecture work, the folks who’ve had to roll up their sleeves to tackle the untamed world of service orientation. Make no mistake about it, the best resource in this industry is the user community. It’s where the best, most incisive information can be found. We’ve got the platform from which you can be heard, all we need is folks who have something to say.
Second, have a focus. SOA is a broad topic and a good blog will find a solid niche inside of it. It could be data integration or architectural design or runtime management or REST or composite applications or WS-* standards or BPM/event handling or security or network issues. It really depends on where your expertise lies. We’re open to suggestion. What we want is smart, articulate people who want to interact with the larger SOA community. Pick your topic and let us know what issues inside of that topic you plan to cover.
Third, send us a sample. It doesn’t have to be “War and Peace”. In fact, since it’s a blog we’re talking about, “War and Peace” would be overkill, but we will need to see a sample of your writing to get an idea of what to expect from you. This is going to be a blog, so you’re going to have a lot of freedom. We won’t be editing your stuff for spelling and grammar. As such, we need to make sure we’ve got bloggers who are capable and confident writers.
Fourth, remember this is a blog and not a weekly column. A good blog is a busy blog. It’s great if you want to make a regular column-style entry part of the blog, but remember to punctuate it with quick insights and links to what you think is valuable other content. A good idea can take you a long way. If it’s a good idea that can be summed up in three paragraphs, that’s fine.
If you’re interested, send your writing sample, a quick explanation of the topic you’d like to cover and a short bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we like it, you’re on the blog roster. It’s that easy. You can be impressing colleagues, friends, family and would be (or ongoing) love interests in no time. Part of our site relaunch effort is to give our community more of a voice and this is a major initiative for us. Users never have needed sober advice from their peers more than they do right now. Can you be one of the people who steps up to provide it?
And don’t forget about our current reader contest. Maybe you’ve got a lesson learned to share with the community, but you want us to write it up for you (because we’ve got professionals who are paid to do that sort of thing). Well, this contest would be right up your alley in that case. Winners will receive a copy of Thomas Erl’s new book, “SOA: Principles of Service Design” as a thanks for their participation.