Today I signed the papers to transfer to a new job at eBay. I'll be working as a technical evangelist in the Developers Program, along with people like Adam Trachtenberg (my new manager) and Greg Isaacs (director of the program). I've been a technical writer for the last five years, and I want some new challenges. My first challenge will be to explain to my family what exactly is a technical evangelist. I'll be spreading the word about the Developers Program, and all of the cool APIs, tools, and programs that we offer developers. I also hope to evangelize blogging within eBay. I realized today when I signed that I'm now in the marketing department. I guess I'd better learn to talk really loud, and I should hone my Excel skillz. I'll be working in a different building: "Toys", the only one that has Diet Mountain Dew in the soda machines.
My first day in the new position is in two weeks, and I get to jump right in by attending the eBay Developers Conference. I'll be giving two presentations there: "Introduction to eBay Web Services" and "Migrating to eBay Web Services."