This month's T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Wayne Sheffield (@DBAWayne), who asks us to write about "Giving Back." I feel like I think about this topic every day. I mean, let's be realistic: I am where I am in my career because of the community out there. The people who will listen to me online and at various SQL Server events, the people who read the things I blog about, and the people whose questions I answer on various Q & A sites. I talked about this a bit in my post for T-SQL Tuesday #59, but in case I wasn't clear: giving back is the least I can do.
I feel like our community grows stronger every day, and I'm not slowing down. I continue participating in Q & A sites, have a whole queue of blog posts to write (and other queue of mostly-written posts to polish off and publish), and I've already submitted (or at least plan to submit) to many events in 2015. Here is just the first half of the year so far:
- New England SQL – Ask the Experts – Boston, MA – January
- SQL Saturday #357 – Cleveland, OH – February
- SQL Bits XIV – London, England – March
- SQL Saturday #364 – Boston, MA – April
- Microsoft Ignite – Chicago, IL – May
- SQLintersection – Scottsdale, AZ – May
- SQL Saturday #380 – New York, NY – May
- SQL Cruise Mediterranean – Spain/Italy – June
And let me tell you, with two young daughters at home, this can be a very delicate balancing act, so that list may change slightly as we get closer to the new year.
You can give back, too.
And it doesn't mean you have to disrupt your work/life balance to make time for blogging, or overcome your deathly fear of public speaking. For example, I've nominated several of my colleagues as a way to thank them for their contributions in this year's Tribal Awards (nomination ends tomorrow, and voting starts next Monday):
You can also vote for your favorite nominees for Author of the Year and Rookie of the Year over at MSSQLTips.com (you can vote once per day; voting ends December 31):
And if you know of a community contributor who has gone above and beyond, you can always nominate folks for the Microsoft MVP award:
Our community is awesome, and in my opinion is among the best technical communities in the world – if not the best. Let's keep making it better!