Last year, I did a wrap up post of the year to see where I landed from where I wanted to be. At the end of that post, I came up with a number of goals for the year. Now’s the time to see how I did with those goals.
- Moar Blogging. Success! I wrote a 31 day series that was well received. I posted over 30 more posts in 2011 than in 2010 and had over 110K views on this website. That doesn’t include those that read my materials on SQLServerPedia and SQLServerCentral.
- Moar Writing. Success! I finished a chapter in MVP Deep Dives, Volume 2. I’m almost finished as a co-author on Expert Performance Indexing for SQL Server 2012.
- Moar SQL Saturdays. Failed! With the wedding, see goal 6, and other obligations, I only made it to five SQL Saturday’s this year. The first for 2012 is coming up next weekend, so I expect that 2012 will see moar here.
- Moar Presenting. Success! I spoke again at the PASS Summit, and I didn’t choke this time. Posts on how this went coming very soon. I also did some great presentations with Quest and the PASS virtual chapters.
- Moar Knowledge. Success! This year I failed and then passed the SQL Server MCM written exam. Then I failed the MCM lab exam. And to make sure I keep myself motivated to pass this exam, I started an MCM study group on yammer.
- Get Hitched. Success! Last goal, but definitely not the least. In July, I managed to not screw it up and married Sarah Strate (Blog | @DanceM0m).
- Complete SQL Server MCM. I’ve got a study group going and am feeling 95% ready to try the lab again. February will be my second shot – hopefully all will go well.
- Become a Microsoft Certified Trainer. This seems to be on par with where I want to take my career and where it is heading. I want to embrace it and make sure that when people come to hear me on a topic that they leave with the message and information that I intended. Through the MCT, I expect I should find some additional tools to improve on myself.
- More Community. Last year, I became a Region Mentor for PASS. This year I want to make sure that means something to those in the North Central region. I plan to do what I can to help all of the chapters in this region operate better. Along with that, I want to find a way to start seeding new chapters in areas in this region where there isn’t a PASS presence. Lastly, I really want to participate in SQL Saturdays more and am planning to attend nine of them this year.
- Build Content. I blog quite a bit. Unfortunately, it isn’t all content. there are weeks where I blog multiple times, but it’s about the events that I’m at or going to. I’d like to shift away from that some and provide more technical content. Give people a good reason to come to the blog and stay a while.
- Have free time. Too much of 2011 was spent on projects and balancing between projects. I need some down time to be built back into my life. So this year is all about being lazy. If I can build a script to give this to me, all the merrier.
Keeping with last year’s stats, here are some of the highlights from my blog this past year. As is a bit obvious, the SSIS series that I completed last January had a huge impact over the entire year. Expect to see another series on SSIS and a series or two around DBA topics; which I focus a bit more on these days.
Top 10 Posts per WordPress Stats
- 31 Days of SSIS – The Introduction
- 31 Days of SSIS – Raw Files Are Awesome (1/31)
- 31 Days of SSIS – Merge Join Is My Friend (8/31)
- 31 Days of SSIS – Using Breakpoints (2/31)
- 31 Days of SSIS – Generating Row Numbers (23/31)
- 31 Days of SSIS – One Variable to Rule Them All (5/31)
- 31 Days of SSIS – Recursive SSIS Package (6/31)
- 31 Days of SSIS – Folder Structures (4/31)
- 31 Days of SSIS – Data Flow Breakpoints?! (3/31)
- 31 Days of SSIS – SQL Server Configuration (18/31)
Top 5 Downloads
- Index Black Ops Whitepaper
- Index Black Ops Presentation
- 31 Days of SSIS Project
- The Creepy DBA
- Discovering The Plan Cache