As an inaugural entry for my newly created DNN Blog, I thought I'd start by introducing myself to the community.
I am a self-taught developer and IT professional with a background in radio broadcasting and marketing. My experience with technology was limited to taking a couple of classes of Basic when I was a 10 or 11 years old, another class to work with the newly launched IBM PS2, teaching myself D-Base when I was 19 and creating FileMakerPro databases after buying a Mac -a Quadra 605 -, which I used to manage the production of a radio show in 1994.
The radio world is my other world. I was in radio broadcasting for 10 years until I became an entrepreneneur by buying a book wholesale business in 1999. Piracy in my country was (and still is) a big problem, and on top of that the country suffered a major economic crisis. I struggled for a while to keep the business afloat but only a year later I was broke and had a huge debt. All my posessions consisted of a car, two dogs and a whole bunch of academic and business books. It was time to start all over again so I read the technology books and began offering my services to small business owners, setting up networks and configuring servers. Slowly things began to improve.
Discovering the DNN world
I was building simple HTML sites for some customers and I was about to stop when Shaun Walker released IBS workshop. I was excited about its features and played with it for a while planning to use it as tool, but lost sight of it due to some other non-web projects. When I came back, it was a boom.
The original Dotnetnuke forum at asp.net was "the" place to be. I made lots of acquaintances there asking for help, learning my way, helping others and soon after I was a top poster. Ultimately I was invited to be a forum moderator and my blog in spanish was aggregated to the spanish version of the asp.net site and I am still very active there.
A while ago I was invited to be part of the Gallery Team and my involvement has been growing everyday. I've been promoted to Gallery Team Leader thanks to my sponsor: Chris Paterra and I am hopeful this new road will be a fulfilling one. I will keep you posted on my experiences here at the Dotnetnuke house.