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Twitter – #Meme15

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It’s the middle of January already and most people are curled up under a blanket by the fire, trying to keep warm. I, however, live in Florida where it’s (relatively) warm and I’m putting together this #Meme15 post. #Meme15 is a blog series thought up by Jason Strate (blog | twitter) that gives us a place to discuss a common topic and how that topic affects us personally.

This month, we have been tasked with answering one, or both, of these two questions:

1. Why should average Jane or Joe professional consider using twitter?
2. What benefit have you seen in your career because of twitter?

Well, I joined Twitter back in 2009 and was basically using it to follow people that I thought were interesting (@SteveWoz, @LanceArmstrong, etc). You know – the way the rest of the world uses Twitter. I was looking to get more and more involved in the SQL community and Brent Ozar (blog | twitter) told me to look at connecting with SQL people on Twitter. I was sceptical at first because I wasn’t sure what SQL people tweeted about apart from how big their database was and how many times they had to shrink it per week. Boy, was I wrong. I quickly got connected with some very smart people who were friendly and helpful. I attended many SQL Saturdays and started meeting these people in real life and built up some great friendships within the community.

In 2011 I was fortunate to be able to go on the second SQL Cruise (blog | twitter) and had an absolute blast. If ever anyone feels like taking a great learning vacation, SQL Cruise is the way to go. I feel that the experience was enhanced due to the Twitter friends that I had made.

I returned from the cruise refreshed and a little bit smarter. Not long after that, I received a job offer from Pragmatic Works Consulting. I’d been discussing the opportunity with them for a few months by then and the time had come for me to take the next step in my career. I am currently involved in authoring the upcoming Professional SQL Server 2012 Administration book. I am also currently putting together a 4-day SQL Server 2012 training class and will be recording the class for SSWUG in the near future. I will also be presenting the material at SQL events around the country. The success that I enjoy is due, in part, to the help and support I have found from the SQL people I interact with on Twitter. Thank you to all those people from the bottom of my heart.

To some people, Twitter may just be a place where they can find out when and where celebrities are having lunch. To me, it is a network of like-minded individuals that interact with each other for the greater good of the community. Even if it’s mostly about bacon.

Spouting tripe! or, Why do I blog? #meme15

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.

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas ...

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas ...

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.