Oh, it’s that time of the year; time to reflect, review, and resolve (rrr-yeah baby! in an Austin Powers accent). Not sure if it translate in written form.
Disclaimer: I don’t usually don’t do New Year Resolutions
But I did it anyway. I probably didn’t do resolutions in the past because they were a written record of what I was supposed to do and at the end of the year I grade what I said I was supposed to, to what I did do, and it looks so darn bad. You can see my written record of what I said I was going to do in 2010 here.
What in the heck did you say you were going to do?
I started and wrote my first blog article in January 2010, which happened to be my 2010 Resolutions (blah). I set a goal of blogging every week. I might have been a little ambitious for me to start with. I only wrote 27 posts and unfortunately not a lot of them were on SQL. I did however participate in 3 T-SQL Tuesday posts.
Grade: C- [A+ for starting a blog, but C for not maintaining]
Try and read a new book every month. Well I did not read the two books that I listed, but did read parts of a handful of other technical books. I killed a lot of trees printing out articles; there is just so much good stuff out there.
Wanted to study and learn about two SQL DMV’s each month. I believe that I read this on Tim Fords blog that he wanted to do something similar (borrowed the idea). Well, that was a big fail. I did this for two months and failed to continue. I may try to do that this year, but pick the DMV’s ahead of time.
Workout 3 times a week. I did pretty good on this one until August. Once my boy (I’ll blame him for my failure in this), finished swim team in August at the YMCA, we didn’t go back to the gym, which ended my workouts. I ended up cancelling my membership since I was not going enough.
Grade: C [A+ for 8 months and F from September through December]
Take one Microsoft SQL Server Cert Exam. Well in July I passed 70-431.
Get more involved with the SQL community. I had the pleasure to help Greg Larsen with SQL Saturday #43 setup in Redmond, WA (June 2010).
Overall grade in my great grading system: C-
I have a lot to improve on for 2011.
Review – You suck!
I am my worst critic and I can usually talk myself out of most things. One of the hardest things for me to do last year was blog. I still consider myself a newbie to the whole blogging thing. I haven’t found my niche or what I am trying to convey. I am still feeling a bit random about what to post. My first blog post was my last year’s 2010 resolution [Blog].
Reflect – It was a year ago?
Wow, can’t believe a year just passed.
I just posted my 2010 Review [Blog] and if I was actually being graded on these, I would be taking summer school.
Resolved to do better
I am not so much into setting New Year’s Resolutions and as you can see from my 2010 review (link above) I did terrible. This year the plan is to be as vague as possible to achieve higher scores (not really). Instead of resolutions, I shall call these goals.
1. Take Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Cert Exam 70-432. My primary reason is to keep up my skills and learn more about SQL Server areas that I don’t necessarily use in my day to day job. Last year I set a goal for myself to take the 70-431 and passed it in July 2010 [Blog].
2. Participate in all T-SQL Tuesday Blog posts in 2011. I participated in 3 events in 2010.
3. Write at least 1 SQL Server Blog post a month.
4. Volunteer\Help at SQL Saturday #68 in Olympia (April 2011). If I am able to attend PASS in 2011 (3rd timer), I will volunteer there as well. Hope my boss approves budget.
5. Continue to learn SSIS. I worked on two projects this last year using SSIS, which I really enjoyed and hated at the same time. It’s funny looking back at the first project that I built. Oh, please nobody look at it. HAND IN FACE.
Better planning, being more organized, and continue to grow as a DBA
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times
In 2010, there were 27 new posts, not bad for the first year!
The busiest day of the year was November 2nd with 30 views. The most popular post that day was Requesting SSIS Help.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, sqlskills.com, translate.google.de, sqlservercentral.com, and forum.tabletpcreview.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for tc1100 windows 7, tc1100 windows 7 drivers, tc1100 windows 7 sleep, tc1100, and hp tablet tc1100.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Requesting SSIS Help November 2010
Installing Windows 7 on HP Tablet TC1100 September 2010
My Toshiba Satellite T115D-S1120 Netbook review July 2010
What three events brought you here? January 2010
AboutMe January 2010