A great man once said “If nobody said anything unless he knew what he was talking about, a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth.”
That great man was Sir Alan Patrick Herbert and he CERTAINLY knew what he was talking about.
There are many, many, many, many brilliant blogs out there and I don’t want to just add to the “noise”. One of the things that I hope to accomplish, in general, is to be more of a Producer than a Consumer.
The Western way of life is all about product consumption – information, food, money, oil, goods. Mostly food, though. I mean money. I mean information, mostly information … Definitely information.
It’s not surprising that THE most important product (in my opinion) of recent times is the i – the Internet. The i has 2 things going for it: It’s BIG and it’s TOO big. You can find just about anything on the i. Well, actually, you CAN find anything and everything on the i. That is good and bad. On one hand, the i is good for finding help when you are at a loss. However, you can get lost down a rabbit hole of time-suck if you’re not careful. There are also some very, very, bad corners of the i that you should never, ever go. But, the basis of the i is the information.
One of the main reasons I blog is to share information that is different. One of the key characteristics that I want to foster for my blog is that of uniqueness. I don’t just want to rehash the same old thing that everybody else is saying. I hope to be fresh, new, exotic and exciting. Like a good toothpaste.
I have always considered myself a warm and friendly person. (I hope others do too, or I’m in trouble). Another reason I blog is to help people in a hospitable, yet fun way. I know that I have searched for help when I have been stuck on something and I hope that my blog will help somebody (maybe only many, many years down the road).
One of the most amazing things about Pragmatic Works is the commitment to the SQL Community. This is not just a cursory “Oh, Hai. How r U? Have a doughnut …”. This is a deep rooted commitment that is entrenched in the very culture of our workplace. It is actually in our job description to blog, speak and be involved in the community as much as possible (without interfering with our normal consulting duties). I count it a privilege to be a part of that.
So, let’s be careful out there in the unpredictable world of the i.
The main thing to remember is to “Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see.” – Benjamin Franklin.