Improve my web presence -
Tidy sqlsolace, improve tagging and searchability -
- I’ve added fixed ‘pages’ to my blog (look up, the categories at the top!) These make it easy to find frequently accessed material. Pages are a new blogger feature.
- A published search widget from google (search box on the right hand side) is proving far more effective than the blogger one at the top of the page.
- I’ve also gone back and manually tagged a fair few posts I published without categorising.
- Continue categorising / tagging posts
- Review old posts for duplicate content, typos etc.
- Produce more 101 posts and summary pages, deep linking older content.
Achieved : 30 posts from old notes
To do : 20 posts (have text files and screenshots to support these ready)
Review and remove old/unprofessional material from my personal web site
Achieved : Nothing!
To do : As above. Need to be strict and review content for relevance and professionalism.
Publish further scripts on other sites (September 2009 : had 1st published on SSC) -
Achieved : Have had a further 4 scripts published @ SQLServerCentral
To do : Am aiming for a further 10 this year
Publish an article
Achieved : Nothing!
To do : Write one and get it published!.
Attend more Sql Server events / meetups
Achieved : 1 (SQLBits VI in London, April 2010)
To do : More!!!
Achieved : LinkedIn connections with people I’ve genuinely worked with and respect. I don’t see the value of randomly adding others I cannot vouch for.
To do : More (real contacts, outside of Linked-in and the blogosphere)
Continue with SSIS development to further my ETL skills.
Achieved : 3 SSIS Solutions are now in production
To do : More Advanced SSIS
There are 2 barriers to achieving this goal –
1) business requirements and data volume levels are not yet requiring it.
2) our disk subsystem (purchased by a previous incumbent to my role) makes parallel processing difficult to explore.
Obtain Microsoft BI certifications
Acheived : Nothing!
To do : Start learning!
Tackle the mountain of books, whitepapers and printed articles in my office.
Couple of chapters of SQL Server MVP Deep Dives
Half of Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2008 T-SQL Querying
Reading technical books is proving more difficult than I thought, due to -
- Limited personal time (young kids at home)
- Even less quality time (trying to start a book at 8pm when kids are in bed and my brain is mush)
- I find myself making notes on the content I read
- I stop reading to try out scripts and ideas.