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Posted Thursday, September 30, 2010 11:41 PM


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Early in my career I kept a portfolio. Now, I keep a blog. That reminds me - I need to get some more stuff published there.



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Posted Friday, October 1, 2010 2:17 AM
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Wait - you opened presents on Christmas Eve? CHRISTMAS EVE? A day early and you're complaining about the 15 minutes!

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Well jealous about you actually getting your presents on Christmas Eve - how cool!!! Might keep that secret from my kids.....

Another way of measuring career growth is setting targets as part of your personal / management development plan. This is not necessarily to learn abc software, but rather other skills. Over a number of years this can also be referred to and progress can be measured.

Great article and food for thought.
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Posted Friday, October 1, 2010 8:35 AM
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Personal rant about blogging is how long it takes. I'm already reading SQL mags and studying for a cert, and all this after putting in 40+ hours per week. The blog posts I've written tend to take at least 2 hours to write, because I do a lot of research to link to sources and images. I wish there was a faster way somehow, although I'm pretty sure there isn't!

I've been thinking about blogging just once per week. I guess that would be doable.


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Posted Friday, October 1, 2010 8:55 AM


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My Mom used to allow us to open one present from the family on Christmas Eve, with Santa bringing other stuff the next morning that wasn't under the tree that night.

It was a fun trip, though we don't do that now. My wife likes the "all on Christmas morning" time.







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amenjonathan (10/1/2010)
Personal rant about blogging is how long it takes. I'm already reading SQL mags and studying for a cert, and all this after putting in 40+ hours per week. The blog posts I've written tend to take at least 2 hours to write, because I do a lot of research to link to sources and images. I wish there was a faster way somehow, although I'm pretty sure there isn't!

I've been thinking about blogging just once per week. I guess that would be doable.


Here's what I'd recommend to you. First, write shorter posts. Don't spend 2 hours trying to exhaustively research something that's large. Focus on something smaller.

Second, write 5-10 posts and hold them back. You can use LiveWriter for offline work, or draft them for your site, but hold them. Once you have 5-10, schedule them out, say one every two weeks. It doesn't matter when they publish.

Third, set a reminder to write for 15-30 minutes once a week. Go over what you've done, what you work on, write some things up. You might work on 2-3 posts in that time, none completely done, but you'll be documenting what you learn, or what you do.







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Tim,
What a wonderfully article. I enjoyed the story of your life possibly the most. Does your family still have possession of the "utility room" or has it past out of the family? When we moved recently we had to transfer out son's growth chart. I was tempted to cut out the drywall but my wife just recorded the measurements.


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amenjonathan (10/1/2010)
Personal rant about blogging is how long it takes. I'm already reading SQL mags and studying for a cert, and all this after putting in 40+ hours per week. The blog posts I've written tend to take at least 2 hours to write, because I do a lot of research to link to sources and images. I wish there was a faster way somehow, although I'm pretty sure there isn't!

I've been thinking about blogging just once per week. I guess that would be doable.


Document what you do at work.

Take that document and generalize it - removing company specific information from it.

Use that for your publications.

Work once, rewarded twice is my motto!

I was on a consulting gig once and developed some general purpose techniques and code to help them solve a problem. I went to the client's manager and said, "I can show your staff how to use these utilities, but they won't have to deal with them for another 6 months or more, and they'll most likely forget by then. Would you like me to document them for you?"

I'll never forget the response he gave me, "You would do that for us?" He was utterly amazed at the idea of a developer documenting something.

I'm thinking to myself, "Hey, not only am getting paid to write this up to provide top notch service, but I know a publication that will pay me $250 a page for it."

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Steve Jones - Editor (10/1/2010)
My Mom used to allow us to open one present from the family on Christmas Eve, with Santa bringing other stuff the next morning that wasn't under the tree that night. ....


We did the same thing with our son when he was young and still believe in Santa.




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