Blogger Awards

A few days ago I wrote about an election that was taking place (ok so it was a week ago at this point).  That election was the SQLServerpedia Awards.  My first post on that election can be found here.  I had wanted to write another post about the election and make a whole bunch of campaign promises – to help make it feel political.  One big difference is that I was going to run a positive campaign and just talk about what I would do if I were to win.

Well, I won in one of the categories and I never wrote that campaign promises post.  So, I will just tell you what I would have promised and then maybe do some of those things.

  1. I will display the trophy in my cubicle at work
  2. I will support my fellow bloggers as much as I can just as I have done in the past.  There are some exceptional bloggers out there.
  3. I will continue to work with SQL Server
  4. I will continue to blog!!!!
  5. I will also finish my series on the book review for which I won.  Then I will progress to the next book or two and write reviews for them as well.
  6. I will continue to provide posts to SQLServerPedia

Thanks to all who voted for me.  I appreciate the support.  I recommend checking out the other books in the Book Review category.  I also recommend that you read the Blogs of the other people that were nominated for the SQL Choice Awards/ SSP Awards.

In short, this award is great and I really appreciate it.  In the grand scheme of things I am happy to have received it and rest assured that it doesn’t change my blog or me – except that I will post a badge on my blog.  We also had many excellent DB professionals and bloggers who won in various other categories.

Thanks SQLServerpedia for the awards and putting on these awards for the community.

November S3OLV Recap

Categories: News, Professional, SSC, SSSOLV
Comments: 2 Comments
Published on: November 9, 2010

Last Thursday we had the monthly meeting for our local PASS chapter.  I would normally try to get the recap out a bit sooner.  This month, I intentionally delayed the recap.  We had a plethora of things going wrong at this meeting that it left the leadership a bit befuddled.

We did get to participate in a great presentation – let’s take nothing away from Steve Jones from SSC.  He presented to us on the Modern Resume and he was a trooper about it.  For me that is a hallmark of somebody that is a seasoned speaker, is humble, and has leadership skills.  I think these skills tie together rather nicely and they manifest themselves pretty well when things don’t go as planned.

I appreciate all of those who attended virtually and in person.  I am thankful to Steve for taking time and altering his travel plans to adapt for us so we could hear him speak.

As a result of this meeting – look for changes to be coming from the S3OLV User Group.  Charley and I discussed this on Friday and decided to do a few things differently.  We have to discuss further how to go about some of these changes.  As a preview, look forward to the following:

  1. Site Change – this will help us better advertise and stay on top of the updates (something I have been doing very poorly at over the past couple of months).  With the change, we will be exploring the use of a Blog to manage the site along with allowing members to post articles to the Blog.
  2. Newsletter – we want to get more info out there.  One possible item to be included in the newsletter would be a Member Spotlight.  We are working on other ideas to go with the Newsletter.
  3. We will also be changing the invite and reminder process.

We really feel that these changes will make a difference for our group.  We also realize that these changes will take more time and more planning – but they are for the good of the group.

Let us know what you think!!

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