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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Thoughts for 2009

Only a few changes planned for this coming year to the blog (so far), none of them huge:

  • I plan to update my blog roll more frequently and try to highlight both new bloggers and those that I find especially interesting, SQL or not
  • I'm going to comment on other blogs more often - I know I appreciate feedback and the feeling that someone is reading what I write, so I want to try harder to give back
  • I'll be participating in PASS this year as a board member, so I expect to be posting updates here at least every couple weeks (more on that in a separate post)

Setting goals for Q1 has been a challenging exercise, has made me realize that I have a lot of interests! I'm revisiting my daily workload to reduce, eliminate, or transfer some tasks that are taking time away from more important things. I know I need to unplug more this year, my best thinking is done when I'm rested, undistracted, and have had time to background process ideas. I'm also in the middle of a longer term career analysis - where do I want to be in 5 years? Lots of thinking.

On a lighter note, one of my personal goals is to play chess more often. Talking with Brian Kelley earlier this year about playing reminded me how much I enjoyed it, but never seem to find time. I'm not a great player, probably not even a good player, but it requires concentration and deep thought, and I think those require practice - and Chess makes that fun. I'm going to try for two me against the computer games per week for the year, see if I can improve some.


Posted by Steve Jones on 1 January 2009

Interesting goals. Any idea on measuring success here? I'm working on my goals post and think I need a set of measurements as well for success.

I should add in the blog roll thing as well. Using feeds I forget that people look at actual sites.

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Posted by Dugi on 2 January 2009

Nice that the people have thoughts about his\her career or his\her job! My thought for 2009 is to participate in PASS EU in Neuss Germany  April 22-24, 2009! But little problem with financial budget! Hope that I'll be there...

Posted by Andy Warren on 5 January 2009

I'm still working on goals, and some are hard to measure. One thing to feature x blogs, something else to see if it had any impact. Definitely need to be able to measure for immediate goals, 5 year goals perhaps a little more vague unless you KNOW what you want.

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