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MVP again (but not so accidental this time)

Around this time last year I was talking about becoming an accidental MVP. Not this year; instead of it sneaking up on me, I – like many I know – was counting down the days. My now annual April Fool’s Day email made its way through last night:

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Developer Security technical communities during the past year.

The odds of renewal were probably tipped in my favour this year after a bumper blog season, the free eBook on the OWASP Top 10 for .NET devs and a good bit of speaking here and there. The MVP of the Year award last month certainly had me optimistic about renewal, but it’s always nice to get the email.

So more of the same (but different) for the coming year. There’s writing and speaking material plus a heap of stuff on ASafaWeb absolutely overflowing from my headspace lately so expect to continue seeing lots of material on this here blog. And of course, I get to keep the shiny logo:

MVP - Microsoft MostValued Professional

Finally, the award is only possible due to the engagement and support of the community so let me steal a piece I’ve written before and again thank everyone who downloaded, RT’d, +1’d, liked, emailed and otherwise said nice things about my work!

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Hi, I'm Troy Hunt, I write this blog, create courses for Pluralsight and am a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP who travels the world speaking at events and training technology professionals