The past year has been full of changes and new opportunities:
- I moved from a production support role to development to build on my technical skills
- In April, I was elected Vice President of MemPASS (the Memphis, TN chapter of PASS)
- This summer, I accepted a job offer that would allow me to grow my SQL Server tuning and administration skills
As 2018 gets closer, I’ve been thinking about how I want to push myself next year. I constantly consume content from the SQL Server community: monthly PASS meetings, DBA StackExchange, scripts like sp_whoisactive, sp_Blitz (and the rest of the First Responder Kit) , Ola Hallengren’s Index Maintenance, podcasts like Dear SQL Server DBA, Office Hours… you get the idea. The amount of help and knowledge shared is incredible. I want to offer something back, however small it may be. Blogging has been on my radar as something I’d like to try for some time. I even went so far as setting up a free WordPress blog, but never made it past that. After having not much more than an About page with a contact form for many months, I saw some Black Friday deals on domain registrations and hosting and decided to buy now and figure it out later. Hopefully, having put some (very minimal) money into it, I will be compelled to put in a little effort. I’m setting low expectations so just maybe I’ll surprise myself.
What’s to come?
At the very least, I’m planning to join in the T-SQL Tuesday fun each month. Past that, I intend to write down stuff I’ve had to figure out. Don’t be fooled though, this is largely self-motivated so that I can find it when I inevitably forget how the next time I need it. I also might write from time to time about things going on in the local community here in Memphis. Lastly, expect a ridiculous amount of quotes from and references to The Office. I apologize in advance.