# Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof…#
Stupid line that. Although you gotta hand it to our silly-hatted friend – it’s a catchy tune. And today it captures just how I’m feeling, cos it’s been a rather good week so far. Allow me to explain why…
You see, around 8 months or so ago I was a Tableau fan, but with pretty much no profile in the BI community. So I set about creating this blog (now over 10,000 hits btw) and interacting with the guys and gals on Twitter etc, meeting up for some beers, co-chairing the London Tableau User group as well as the odd viz of the day award – 4 of them to be precise….
And I’d always wondered if it was getting me anywhere. Sure I was enjoying it, but was anyone actually taking notice?
Then this week a whole bunch of stuff happened.
Me? Mentioned to the New York Stock Exchange??
So this was super-cool. My good friend @Matt_Francis pinged me a message that started with “Dude – are you sitting down? Cos you’re gonna lose your shit over this”. I wasn’t really sure what that meant as Matt is way more street than I am, but he then pinged me the following article.
At the bottom of page 2 it only had this from the Tableau CEO, Christian Chabot..
That’s my viz being referred to as Christian’s favourite of the year so far! As featured in a recent post on VizNinja. Who’da thunk it eh? My work getting a shout out from the main man in an earnings call to the NYSE. As they say in Blighty – Cor Blimey! In your face #ironviz! 🙂
Speaking at TC14
Then on the same day I had an email from Morgan W at Tableau. They wanted me to speak at the Tableau Conference 2014 in Seattle. The highlight of the Tableau calendar, this was a really exciting gig and something that I’d set as a career goal. I’d better get practicing!
Today I got into work to find another bunch of emails from people at this weeks Tableau Sales Conference in Seattle.
Now I recall doing a customer testimonial video for Tableau a few months ago. That’s where I (and others) went along to Tableau HQ in London and said some stuff about how I’d found their sales team and other aspects of the organisation. They told me the video would be used in “a small internal sales meeting on a big monitor“.
That has to be the biggest image of my face ever made so far. What next? Project it onto the Houses of Parliament or something? Good profile for sure, but a tad embarrassing! At least I wasn’t alone with Paul Chapman (@cheeky_chappie) suffering the same fate!
I guess the message from all of this is – if you’re a new blogger, and you think no-one is taking any notice of your stuff, then think again – cos they probably are. And you’ll get some pleasant surprises when you least expect them.
So all in all a good few days. It’s given me a nice (legal) shot in the arm ready for the next viz. Big thanks to all that have given support and encouragement this week.