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SQLAndy

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 SQLServerCentral.com 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.

Comments

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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