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Saying Goodbye To 2009

I'll close out 2009 with an update on the goals I set at the beginning of this year and things that I've accomplished. Call it a bit of shameless self promotion, but this is my blog after all. :-)

  1. Learn…
    • Powershell. Although I dropped using the command prompt in favor of a Powershell prompt, I really haven't done anything significant with Powershell this year. I fell short on this one for sure.
    • More about DMVs. I've written several DMV queries that have become part of my toolbelt and gave a presentation about DMVs at SQL Saturday Orlando in October. I met this goal, but there's plenty more for me to learn.
    • SQL 2008. I've deployed a handful of SQL 2008 instances to my company's production environment and picked up plenty of tidbits here and there from blogs, articles, etc.. I'd say I met this goal.
    • Analysis Services. I took an online class with Brian Knight in the fall and have dabbled a little bit with SSAS, but I wouldn't say I've done anything significant enough to consider this goal met.
  2. Be a better mentor. Gave presentations at OPASS and Space Coast SQL User Group, Orlando Code Camp, SQL Saturday Atlanta, Jacksonville, Orlando, and South Florida, and presented at the 2009 PASS Summit. Also published an article on SQLServerCentral.com. Looking closer to home at my coworkers, I'd like to think that those around me learned from me (though they're better suited to say if that's the case or not). I'll call this goal met.
  3. Publish twice a week. I published 64 blog posts this year (65 including this one). That's a tad short of the 104 I was shooting for. I guess you could say I went for quality over quantity. I'll call this one halfway met.
  4. Go to the 2009 PASS Summit. Check! I went to the Summit this year as a speaker and had a fantastic experience.
  5. Run a half-marathon. I failed miserably on this one. I ran a 5K in the spring but stopped running over the summer. However, my 8 year old son has expressed an interest in running so we've started running together. Even if I fell short on this one I still come out ahead because any exercise I've done is better than no exercise.

Final count – 4.5 out of 8. Not bad but always room for improvement.

I hope that you had a great 2009 and look forward to an even better year in 2010!


Posted by Steve Jones on 1 January 2010

Seems like you did fairly well, and have some things to shoot for in 2010. The half marathon is a good goal, but I might suggest that you and your son aim for a 5k once a month for a few months, hit a 10k, and then go for the half. It's more a mental effort than anything else, but it also means you need to build confidence.

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