Does the world really need another SharePoint help site?

wade in paradise
The author, complete with angry face for the lack of great online SharePoint resources

Well, if you’re like me, you’re sick and tired of only finding help and guidance that require SharePoint global admin rights, five years’ experience with SharePoint Designer, and a PhD in artificial intelligence.


Hey, I’m Wade and I’ve been playing a professional SharePoint geek for the last few years now. Unlike most of the SharePoint subject matter experts out there, I didn’t go to school to be in IT. I fell into it as a power user. I absolutely do not code; it makes me break out in hives. I also steer clear of SharePoint Designer. Mainly because I can’t trust it. And don’t even mention Visual Studio, PowerShell, or any other non-SharePoint tool meant to “improve” SharePoint.


(Okay, some of the third-party plug-ins are good.)


I just want to use the product the way it came, the way it was meant to be utilized.
Is that so much to ask?

I use SharePoint “out of the box”, as they say. The major benefits? You can still do a crap ton. Oh, and literally anyone can do what I do. No coding, no SharePoint Designer, no PowerShell, nothing hardcore at all. Just a few hours of training and some trial and error on your part, and you can be a master SharePointer too.


I have some beef with my industry, and it’s this little issue with the Web being saturated with IT jargon when it comes to SharePoint help. It’s intolerable. And really turns me off from ever Googling my problem. (No, that doesn’t make me want to ‘Bing’ it instead.)


Okay, that was overly harsh. It’s not really the fault of my brothers-and-sisters-in-arms. They’re doing a great job sharing info among themselves. But there’s no one really advocating for the everyday knowledge worker. And it leaves a huuuuuuuge void.


Most of the time, I just want to figure out the best way to utilize a tool that I’m required to use at work. Sometimes there’s an error I’m getting that I just want to go away. Other times I just want a workaround to something that annoys me. But I don’t want to have to write some computer program comparable to Watson to get it done. Hell, I don’t even know how to code!


And statistically speaking, neither do you. We shouldn’t have to!


So, yeah, the world does need another SharePoint help site.

That’s what this website is for. To help, guide, and encourage the everyday knowledge worker. The ones in the trenches using SharePoint while doing the work. Not the IT pro who lives and breathes SharePoint every day.


I’m actually one of those people and I know that it’s not a real lifestyle. The rest of the world has real stuff to be doing. As part of that process, SharePoint’s supposed to help you, not hinder, annoy, or get in the way.


I’m the first to say how great SharePoint can be, but also how illogical it acts on occasion. So, I’m looking to share real-world training, examples, lessons learned, and best practices on this site. And with that information, I’m hopeful you’ll find SharePoint that much more useful and time-saving, and, well, less frustrating.


Minimally, I’m hoping to encourage you to hate SharePoint less.

In a perfect world, I’d like to see you understand SharePoint as a power user and really take advantage of it for what it’s made for: centralizing information, making stuff findable, building relationships, and making workplace collaboration so much easier.


It can do all this. You can do all this. And pretty well, I might add. You just need to know how. Join me on the journey.


Matt Wade
thatmattwade twitter