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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

Hanging with an Inspiration

A long, long time ago, in a state far away, I started writing about technology. At the time, in the late 90s, I was looking to share some of my knowledge, and hopefully advance my career along.

It was intimidating to think that I could produce articles anywhere near the quality of the books I was reading to learn more about SQL, and I needed some advice. I looked at the covers of a few of the titles on my bookshelf, back when I used to collect physical books, and reached out to one of the very well known authors.

I asked a few questions about being a writer, asked for tips, and asked about how feasible it was to make a living at writing. Needless to say I was surprised when the author of about 10 books at the time responded with some candid advice and information about the publishing side of technology. I got some advice, some realistic warnings about what to expect, and most importantly, some encouragement.

The author was Mark Minasi, a fellow Virginia Beach resident. Well, fellow at the time. He’s still there, but I’ve moved to Denver

Over the years I have seen Mark a couple of times at conferences and shaken his hand. Paul Randal is a mutual friend and has introduced us, though it’s always been a “nice to meet you, big fan” from me since one of us is usually walking away to some other commitment.

However last night I had the chance to sit and talk with Mark over a few drinks. It was the first time I could properly thank him for his advice and encouragement over a decade ago. We shared a few drinks, some laughs, and I got to hang with someone I admired. I got a few complements back about what I had achieved and it was one of the highlights of my trip.


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Comments

Posted by SQLRockstar on 31 March 2011

Steve,

Funny thing is...I felt the same way all those times I got to meet you at PASS each year...

Thanks for the EXACT same help you gave to me so many years ago.

Posted by SQLRockstar on 31 March 2011

Steve,

Funny thing is...I felt the same way all those times I got to meet you at PASS each year...

Thanks for the EXACT same help you gave to me so many years ago.

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 31 March 2011

Funny how things turn out.  I agree with Tom thanks for the help you have given me.

Posted by Steve Jones on 31 March 2011

Thanks for the great comments. I appreciate knowing that I've helped a few people as well.

Posted by Robert Pearl on 1 April 2011

Agreed!  You have certainly given back to the community a thousand fold, and helped many of us along the way - including me!

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