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1024 Words: 1000 Posts

1000 postsThis is, according to the blogging system here on DevCentral, my 1000th post. I actually can’t create a word cloud that spans the more than 5 years I’ve been blogging for F5, but generating one from the most recent posts I’ve written seems to be fairly representative of all 1000 posts. Application. load balancing. Solutions. Security. Infrastructure. Services. Architecture.

I’ve actually dedicated quite a bit of mindshare toward what my 1000th post should be about. Should it be about me?  A “top X” post? A post on a highly contentious subject? Something full of snark? Lord knows I’ve written enough of those in the past five years. Something groundbreaking? Something new? Perhaps I should wax more personal – I rarely offer anything but glimpses into the “Lori behind the posts” after all? You can blame my Midwest fly-over state upbringing for that.

I’ve had posts featured on Slashdot, shared around the world, translated and cited and quoted and refuted and blasted and praised. Sometimes all at the same time.

But I didn’t do that – you did.

After so many posts, it seems obvious that reaching 1000 from my perspective isn’t really about how much I write, but how much you read. Because really, if you weren’t reading, well, there’d be no reason to write one post, let alone 1000 posts.

So rather than write yet another post (contentious or not) or offer up a list of posts I think you should read (or re-read as the case may be), I’m just going to say “Thank you” – for reading, for sharing, for commenting, for however you may have used one post or a hundred. If it weren’t for you, there’d be no reason to write another post and hit 1001.



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Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as network and systems development and administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of topics aimed at IT professionals. Her most recent area of focus included SOA-related products and architectures. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.