"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." - Jack London Couple of years back, I was someone who didnt even know that SDN existed. At that time being a newbie into the world of SAP, i tumbled onto SDN when someone told me it was here where I could find answers to the loads of questions I used to pour upon my senior colleagues . Today 'one' of the first things [I would be lying if I said "I open SDN even before my mailbox" ] I do when I log on to my computer in the morning is to click open the SDN home page from my favorites list and start browsing through its pages. I still remember the day I had to put my first blog in SDN. Now you might wonder why is the 'had' in bold. Well, actually I was asked to do so and it really wasnt me who took up that initiative due to my work schedule. Well on the personal front, I still believe that the drive to contribute to SDN or any other such portal is purely on an individual's interest and should not be enforced upon on him/her by any organisation. The reason is simple ... 'Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived' ... So in short I don't think that it can bring out Quality posts and the day the force withdraws members feel they belong to the community rather than being forced into the community. Well I hope the point is taken, So lets close this topic right here. I dont know if Craig remembers, but then it was a long conversation with him over mails that actually won me a Bloggers id after my request was rejected almost 3-4 times in succession (I still have those series of mails in my mailbox). Thanks Craig !!!! I hope you dont feel you made a bad decision that day.
My colleagues joke whenever they see me putting a post on the forum or a blog (I wonder what would be Mike's colleagues doing then ). Some try to scare me saying "Guess what ShabZ ... the SDN site is down today" and others warn me that my girlfriend might dump me if I spent all day peeking into the forum. The IPod and the T-shirts from SDN I flaunted didnt seem to make much of a difference until the day I asked them to try a search for shabarish in Google. Thank you SDN for that !!!! (Its a great feeling to see one's profile as the first hit in a search @ Google) Have you ever wondered what is it that makes you contribute to SDN ? For me the answer is 'Satisfaction'. When somebody mails you and says "Hey Thanks buddy, finally now it works. I was stuck with this since the past couple of days", its that flummoxing feeling (i think i just didnt find the right words to explain it) that you get which brightens up your day. I was even recently invited for a couple of beers over the weekend by a SDNer, who happened to be working in the same town as mine, for he felt my posts helped him. People call up on phone at times and I even remember doing an online support that lasted over an hour with my cell phone hooked to the charger. At times I wonder that when in office I take up such calls and start talking XI, my manager might have this feeling at the back of his head, "This guy is giving an Interview? That too right here in front of me" !!!! (Well, but still nothing is as commendable as the What the Bride Wore...or the Tale of the T- Shirt Challenge that Sravya received during her Honeymoon). It is the vice versa too ... numerous times I have been stuck for days (the recent one being a 'Close Encounters' with the Rosettanet STK scenario) and finally when the solution surface with a fellow SDNers help, you feel that "Hmmm.. Yes there still are good people left in this world". Whatever people might argue, its not the points nor the beer ... its finally the dependability SDN provides that makes this portal a success day after day. Dalai Lama once said "Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality" and yes we already have legends in SDN; Thomas Jung, Rich Heilman, A.H.P, Eddy De Clercq, Michal Krawczyk, Bhanu Gupta, Durairaj Athavan Raja, Roberto Negro, Craig Cmehil and Detlev Beutner (all 10 are 10K+ point winners) shaping the community each day. Trying (hard!!!) to make my place in here; as I recollect each moment in this e-family of SAP .... I can't help but say "Yeah.... I'm Lovin' it" and it will remain the same for the days to come ... *McDonald's might come hard on me for that stolen caption