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Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

Swing and a Miss

I missed my first newsletter today. It wasn’t until I went to schedule tomorrow’s that I realized I hadn’t sent last nights. I had prepped it, done the work, gotten the editorial written, podcast done, articles scheduled. Things were ready to go, but I didn’t get the newsletter out. I think that I was just too busy with life yesterday, kids back in school and having projects due and for some reason when I knocked off work, I forgot the newsletter.

And when I get home from karate, I was exhausted, and didn’t check the senders to see if they were working. No backup from the home office either, and I suspect everyone there was busy after having two days off (Fri/Mon) in the UK.

There’s one goal I didn’t set this year, which I did last year: not missing any newsletters. I missed a couple last year, and once again, missed one this year.

I hate doing that, and now tonight I feel like a bit of a failure. Somewhere I need a check that will alert me if I don’t have one scheduled by some xx time and ping my phone.

Comments

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 6 April 2010

If missing 1 newsletter out of 262 (210 sqlservercentral and 52 databaseweekly) newsletters means you are a failure - that is an awfully high standard.  I see it is quite successful.

Thanks for the job you do for this community.

Posted by Glenn Berry on 7 April 2010

I think you need to muck out the stable to atone for your sin...

Posted by Steve Jones on 7 April 2010

Mucking will be coming this weekend or next week for sure. My wife travels to, well somewhere, next week.

For a data guy, someone that's run servers 365 days and with multiple 9s of reliability, it feels like a big miss. Plus, we're only 1/4 of the way there. I essentially missed 1 of about 72 (or so) this year. That feels like a lot.

Posted by Seth Phelabaum on 7 April 2010

The silver lining is that you forgot to make it a goal not to forget the newsletter... so you kinda win =).

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