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You’re doing a great job.

No, seriously, I mean that.  A lot of you have taken advice from guys like me and Steve Jones and fired yourself up a blog.  You’re pouring your heart and soul into your work, banging out great posts, and really helping the community.  Andy Warren, Jeremiah Peschka, and I have been talking about how to recognize you for spreading the knowledge.  We decided to take a hint from the Emmies, Oscars, and Golden Globes, and thus we have…

The 2009 PASS Log Reader Awards!

We’re going to pick winning blog posts (not whole blogs) in each of the following categories:

  • Book Review – your best post explaining who a book is targeted at, what’s in it, and whether the author did a good job.  (Now would be an excellent time to make sure your post includes an Amazon Affiliate link to buy the book, and you’ll make a 4% cut whenever anyone clicks through your site.)
  • Business Intelligence – posts covering SSAS, SSIS, and SSRS.  Or heaven forbid, DTS.
  • CLR – show off them high-falutin’ programmer skills.
  • New Blog – an all-new site less than one year old that’s had at least one post per month.  The focus can be any SQL Server audience.
  • Professional Development – how to get a job, how to get a better job, or how to be a better person.
  • Series – a series of multiple blog posts diving deeply into a single subject.  Make sure the first post in the series links to the next post, and that post links to the post after that, etc., so that we can follow your work from start to finish.
  • Server Management & Automation – tips and tricks for Policy-Based Management, the Central Management Server, PowerShell, or anything else that makes it easier to manage lots of servers.
  • T-SQL – for those posts where you had aspirations to be the next Itzik.
  • Unusual – things that don’t belong in any other particular category, but you’re proud of ‘em.

We’re not looking for the most technically amazing post either.  We’re judging on qualities like writing quality, ease of understanding, good supporting material (screenshots and scripts), and technical accuracy.  If you think did a really good job of covering even the most basic SQL Server topic, we wanna know about it, because everybody needs help at every level.

How to Throw Your Hat in the Ring

Dig back through your blog archives for stuff written between October 15th, 2008 and October 16th, 2009 – and yes, that means you’ve got about a week to crank out a last-minute gem.  From now through Friday, October 16th, you can nominate two of your blog posts for recognition.

I know what you’re thinking: “My work isn’t nearly good enough to win.”  You’re wrong.  Go back through your last year’s worth of entries and pick the two entries you either put the most work into, or that made you the proudest.  Nominate ‘em.  You’ll be glad you did – there’s nothing to lose, and if you don’t win, you can always tell your friends you forgot to enter.

Nominations close on October 16th, and then Andy, Jeremiah, and I will review the submissions.  (We’re not allowed to win, so see, you’ve got an edge already.)  Winners will be announced during the PASS Summit.

What the Winner Gets

You’ll get a very nice badge you can display on your blog, telling your readers that YOU were the very best blog post in this particular category.  (I would put that on my resume, too, if I was you.)

You’ll get mentioned when we announce the winners live at the Professional Assocation for SQL Server Summit in Seattle.

But perhaps best of all, you’ll get a ton of new readers pointed at your best work.  Andy, Jeremiah, and I will all be blogging about the winners, plus we’ll link to your stuff from SQLPass.com and in the PASS Connector email newsletter.  We’ll do blog interviews with you talking about your experience.  The readers will come like an avalanche of bacon.

What the Losers Get

This contest is so good, even the losers can come out ahead.  First, there’s a box on the nomination form that asks if you’d like feedback from the judges about your posts.  This is your chance to get honest, open feedback about your very best work.  We’ll tell you what we liked about your post, and what it would take to bring your post to the next level.  We want this contest to raise awareness of outstanding posts, and raise the quality level everywhere else too.

Second, losers get the chance to leave comments on the winner’s blog post saying, “I’m gonna let you finish, but…”

You can read more about the contest in Andy Warren’s announcement and Jeremiah Peschka’s announcement, and then go nominate yourself.  Do it twice, two different categories, two different posts.  Good luck!

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  2. Timing is, as always, perfect Brent. This is the kick-in-the-pants that I needed to get back into writing mode and crank out at least one more post…

    Looking forward to some feedback ;)

  3. Hi Brent,

    This initiative is not valid for non-english blogs, right? :(

    I used to write in portuguese, as I’m from Brazil and, unfortunately, we don´t have lots of good materials in portuguese here. We need translators for the PASS. :)

    Cheers,
    Raul

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