Sometime around 2012, I decided that as I made a living from making websites, it was probably a good idea to set-up a website to demonstrate my skills. Over a weekend, I knocked up a very ugly and basic HTML page that had my CV on it.
A few months later, I started working on a project using a VERY useless CMS product that didn't really work and wasn't fit for purpose. At the time, the project was so frustrating because there were no user guides, no documentation, and no one had blogged anything about it. On that project, I had to figure out everything myself. My memory is terrible, so I quickly upgraded my one-page website to use a free blogging platform to include a few posts about how to troubleshoot some of the issue using this archaic CMS, to remind myself later on down the line in case I needed to solve the same problem in the future. Up until that point my website maybe had 1 hit a month but after writing about 15 blogs I started getting maybe 20-50 views a month... the big time I know! I thought to have a tiny amount of traffic on my site was pretty cool, so every now and again I'd write a post here and there.
After that project finished, I started working with Episerver and in the back of my head, I always thought it would be cool to be an EMVP, or, at a minimum for my business, be a known player in the game. I worked with a few EMVP's and I decided if I wanted to compete with these guys, I'd have to up my game somehow. At a minimum, getting some form of recognition from the London community as an Episerver expert would, hopefully, help me land contracts more easily.
When I sat down to create my brilliant mastermind plan to achieve Episerver world domination, the best (only) way I came up with was to just try and help as many people as I could with their problems. If I had a work problem that I couldn't figure out easily, or find a blog post that I could read and digest easily, I wrote something about it and shared it with the world.
Forward on a few years, to the beginning of 2016, Episerver randomly emailed me and told me that I was going to be a new EMVP for my help with the Episerver community, which was a bit of a surprise.
After looking around, I don't think there's too much information out there to help people figure out how to get EMVP status themselves, so I thought I'd write this. Below lists some simple steps that I used to create this website and get an Episerver MVP status.
EMVP status is given to extraordinary individuals that publicly and selflessly do a big effort to help the Episerver developer community. Answering forum posts are one way, blogging is another. We also look at sharing code, participating / running open source projects around Episerver, public speaking, videos, arranging meetups and much, much more.
Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge