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Raising the Bar

Turning up the heat.  Take it up a notch.  Stepping up to the plate.  Less talk, more action.

However you choose to describe it, I’m upping the ante on my participation in the SQL Server community.  As I wrote in my previous post, I had allowed myself to get so busy with other things that I neglected my professional writing for months.  Well, to the enjoyment of both of my blog subscribers (thanks Mom and Dad), I’m now on a schedule that a drill sergeant would appreciate.

Thanks to inspiration by the blogging of others (Steve Jones and Andy Warren and their regular daily blogs) as well as some online articles including Scott Hanselman’s How To Be a Better Developer in Six Months (even though it’s been some 16 months since he wrote that…. I really have been slacking), I am taking it on myself to schedule regular contributions this site and the community as a whole.  I’m publishing said schedule for two reasons: 1) to remind myself of what I have committed to, and 2) I fully expect that my fellow community members will taunt me relentlessly if I start slacking.

So here goes:

  • Twice weekly blogging (at a minimum) to be done on or before Tuesday and Friday of each week.  No blogging just for the sake of blogging (“Guess what I had for lunch today?”) – I see enough interesting/odd/inexplicable things every day to blog without forcing it.
  • One article per month to be submitted to SQL Server Central, on or before the 1st of each month.  This will likely take several weeks to show up since they approve and schedule content well in advance.
  • Two videos per month on JumpStartTV.com, to be submitted the Sunday before the 1st and the Sunday before the 15th of the month.  Same scheduling footnote as the above item .
  • Book at least three speaking engagements in CY2009.
  • Be involved in a book deal - either authoring, co-authoring, editing, or other notable accomplishment - by the end of CY2009.

To be fair, the last one is more of a long-term goal, but putting it out there will be a friendly reminder to me, and will serve as my announcement of my interest in same, in case anyone is in need of those services :)

I’ve set some other goals for myself that will not be as visible to the community but, in taking Hanselman’s advice, I’ll share them with you here as well:

  • Spend the next 6 months polishing my skills in SQL Server Analysis Services by using it every day, if only for a few minutes.
  • Spend the next 6 months developing a working knowledge of BizTalk Server by using it weekly – I even have a set of AppDev videos to help get me started on this one.
  • Increase the amount of consulting business I do so that, by the end of CY2009, this makes up at least 15% of my net income.

So there it is.  It seems like a very short list considering the amount of time I’ve been working it out in my head, but it’s out there, it’s public, and I’m committed.  If I am spotted slacking in any of these goals, you all have my permission to call and harass me, or just leave snide comments on my blog.  For my part, I promise to report back on my progress of these less-visible goals.

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, trainer, and Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over thirteen years of data management experience. He is the founder and principal of Tyleris Data Solutions.

Tim has spoken at international and local events including the SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Connections, along with dozens of tech fests, code camps, and SQL Saturday events. He is coauthor of the book SSIS Design Patterns, and is a contributing author on MVP Deep Dives 2.

You can visit his website and blog at TimMitchell.net or follow him on Twitter at @Tim_Mitchell.


Posted by knight_devin@hotmail.com on 25 November 2008

Good Luck!  Looks like you have a really good set of goals for the year.  I might suggest answering forum questions as well.  Also, I know Wiley Publishing is always looking for tech-editors if you’re looking to be involved in a book and they’re really great to work with.

Posted by Tim Mitchell on 25 November 2008

Thanks Devin.  I'll check with Wiley Pub - do you know of anyone in particular to contact there?

Posted by Anonymous on 2 December 2008

… and joined Twitter.  I’m only doing it ‘cuz everybody else is doing it.  With all the other

Posted by Anonymous on 9 January 2009

I don’t do resolutions - they’re cliché, overdone, and rarely stick.  However, I’m a believer in

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