The last several months have been an exercise in frustration. Being out of work is not something I would wish on anybody.
Being out of work, in Michigan, is even more frustrating. Things that would be absoutely unnaceptable any place else are considered normal here.
It is not at all unusual for people to commute 100 or more miles, one way, in order to find work.
I've been told by many "in the know" people (recruiters, mostly) that my experience is too specialized,
And I've exhausted myself explaining to these same people that being an expert in Lotus Notes/Domino Development/Administration requires that I master all of these things and more.
I've been told by many of these same people that career wise, it is simply not possible to find work in the field that I love,
and that I really should try something other than Lotus Notes/Domino.
This isn't to say that I'm not willing to try out other platforms. Quite the contrary.
At my core, I'm a problem solver and creator of things.
I love challenges, and I love making useful things.
Development for Lotus Notes / Domino has been my primary source of income since R3.
I have stuck with this platform simply because it is the best one I've yet found.
I've used many other languages, platforms, IDEs, and technologies throughout my career,
but I've always come back to Lotus Notes. The simple truth is this: I bleed yellow.
Please forgive my impertinence, but telling me to give up Lotus technologies is akin to telling a heart surgeon to take up plumbing.
They are both valueable professions, they both pay well, and they both have something to do with connecting tubes and making sure valves don't leak, right?
Which brings me to the main point of this post.
I know I said in an earlier post that I wasn't going to announce this until Lotusphere,
but the number of emails I've received has been astonishing, in addition to the number of page views. So I'm going to go ahead and announce it here and now.