Blogging

Blogs. They are everywhere! But what is the point of blogging? I’ve given this a lot of consideration recently and figured I’d share my views on this subject.

If you have read my blog, you’ll notice that I was lucky enough to be mentored by Paul Randall for the remainder of 2015. All I did was submit a blog saying why I should be considered. None of the entrants knew at the time that Paul would extend this opportunity to all that wrote something.

The first stage was to tell Paul all about yourself and what you want to learn. I decided that the time with Paul would not be technical questions, but a voyage of discovery and I wanted to explore blogging and whether it was for me because I suffer from writers block quite a lot and was starting to wonder whether or not I was simply jumping on the bandwagon.

I’ve actually not got to the point of discussing this with Paul, but I have made some decisions around blogging in the past month but I’ll still have those discussions.

I decided that my blog was here to stay and I would devote time to it. I’ll have to discover how I get round the writers block and how I can be creative and fresh in my approach to writing. My decision stems from a new found love of SQL Server. I’ve always been a fan, but I was starting to feel it was just a job and maybe losing a little motivation, but then I was lucky enough to have a chat with some PFE’s from Microsoft and it really motivated me. But that’s not the entire story. Something at home really inspired me too.

At the time, Owen (my son) was 2 years old and it dawned on me one day that his daily life is a voyage of discovery. He’ll learn from my wife, family members, friends, nursery and from me too (hopefully not too many bad habits!). He’s always learning. I know kids are like sponges, but it suddenly hit me that learning is actually really exiting. He’d tell me his ABC or 123 or that he used the potty and he’d be so proud that he learnt to do something. I don’t know why it didn’t hit me before, but I pondered on it for a while and realised that we should never stop learning. I’m supposed to be a role model for him, but I never expected a 2 year old to be my inspiration. He’s just turned 3 and is still learning. I’ve just turned 40 and I’m still learning. It’s really cool.

From that point, I knew that certain things had to change for me in the coming months and I set the ball in motion.

It was clear to me that blogging is a key component to my growth as a DBA. I’ve been around SQL Server for 16 years now, but I’m still learning. Any DBA or person connected with SQL Server who says they have nothing left to learn is completely wrong.

Writing a post does two things for me. Firstly, it allows me to understand something about SQL Server. If I know how a feature works, I can write about it. If I don’t, I can research it and share my thoughts and opinions. Secondly, it allows me to pass information on to others.

Blogging is a powerful concept. It allows me to learn as well as teach. Those are two very powerful traits. I want and need to learn but on the flip side, I also want to pass on my knowledge and experience to others. One last piece of advice is to accept when people correct your blog posts. You won’t be right all of the time!

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