While my participation in the dev community has been purely for the enjoyment and love of what I do, this has been a career goal of mine and something I've been working towards for a few years. I'm super excited and humbled to have been awarded alongside many of the best guys and girls in the field.
For those unfamiliar with what this award means, the best information can be found at http://mvp.microsoft.com, but here's a quick quote from the site:
The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award is our way of saying thank you to exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others. ... Today, there are more than 4,000 MVPs worldwide. They represent more than 90 countries, speak over 40 languages, answer more than 10 million questions a year, and are awarded in almost 90 Microsoft technologies—reflecting the breadth of our products and our global communities.
Thanks must go to the awesome guys and girls I work with at SSW for their support, as well as to the many enthusiastic developers I interact with as an organiser of the Brisbane .Net User Group and DDD Brisbane.
Here's to a great 2014!