Time to take a look back at the blog for the year to see what’s popular, and what I liked the most.

My Most Popular Posts in 2009

People just seem to love top 10 lists and Twitter information:

  1. Top 10 Interview Questions to Ask Senior DBAs
  2. Top 10 Reasons I’m Not Following You on Twitter
  3. Top 10 Reasons I *AM* Following You on Twitter
  4. Top 10 Questions to Ask During an Interview (for employees)
  5. Adding More Info to Your Twitter Profile
  6. SQL Server 2010 Features Leaked!
  7. Free SQL Server DBA Training Videos
  8. Top 10 Developer Interview Questions About SQL Server
  9. Data Mining the StackOverflow Database
  10. Twitter Client Comparison Video

My Top 10 Favorite Posts from 2009

Eggs Benedict at WD-50

Eggs Benedict at WD-50

In no particular order, and I’m amused that they don’t overlap at all with the top 10 by pageviews:

The moral of the story – the things that you love to write probably aren’t the things that bring visitors in the door.  I feel a little guilty when I look at the most popular posts because as I was writing almost all of those, I knew full well what I was doing.  I was making a deal with the devil, writing content designed to appeal to the masses.  I don’t feel too guilty, though, because I still write most of my stuff for me, not for the masses.

My Dedication for the Book

This year I crossed off a big goal by getting published.  In case nobody actually BUYS the book, I’m copying in the dedication here because there’s a lot of people I’d like to thank.

Thanks to Jimmy May for hooking me up with such a great team of authors. My involvement with this book wouldn’t have happened without his encouragement and trust. Similarly, I’d like to thank the authors for giving me an opportunity to work with them. I’m humbled to have my names next to such great technical minds. Thanks also to Christian Hasker, Rony Lerner, Don Duncan, and Joe Sullivan; I have consistently hit the lottery when it comes to managers, and I couldn’t have picked a better string of guys to mentor me and grow my career. If anybody doesn’t succeed under any of them, it’s their own fault.

To my coworkers Andy Grant, Brett Epps, Heather Eichman, and everybody else at Quest Software, thanks for making my work so much fun. Thanks to everybody on Twitter for laughing with me while I keep punching harder and faster. My day is infinitely more enjoyable thanks to folks like @SQLRockstar, @SQLChicken, @SQLAgentMan, @KBrianKelley, @Wendy_Dance, @GFritchey, @MrDenny, @StatisticsIO, @MikeHillwig, @Peschkaj, @SQLSarg, @SQLCraftsman, and many others.

Finally, I’d like to thank Dad, Mom, and Caryl for my dashing good looks and brilliant wit. I just wish you’d given me some humility so that I could be perfect.

That about sums up the year.  I can’t thank everyone enough – you all made this year rock.

My Goals for 2010

At the Finish Line

At the Finish Line

Tom LaRock tagged me in his blog post about 2010 goals, and he referred to a blog post in which Tara Hunt chose her themeword for 2010.  My themeword for 2010 is DIVERSIFY.

I know, I know.  As evidenced by my most popular blog posts in 2009, my blog is all over the place.  If I was you, dear reader, I’m not so sure that I’d want to go to a blog that covers so many wacko subjects.  I’ve put a lot of thought into that, and it’s time to divide and conquer.  In the first quarter of 2010, I’m launching a couple of side projects that will give me different platforms to talk about some of the other stuff that interests me. will regain its focus on SQL Server and geeky stuff, like my race for the Microsoft Certified Master certification, and I’ll be building two new sites to cover other topics.

Social media & marketing interest me a lot lately.  I’m in an odd job position – I’m technically technical, but I like dabbling in marketing.  I’ve been blogging all decade long, been on Twitter for 3 years now, and I’ve got a lot of other irons in the fire.  There’s a lot of people doing a really crappy job marketing their companies with blogs, Twitter, and other social tools, and I think I might be able to convey a few lessons in a fun manner.  I’ve been thinking about writing an ebook about social marketing and building a site around that, and 2010 is the year I’ll make it happen.

I also think IT work is about to make a shift.  Our grandparents worked their whole lives for the same company, but our parents had to reinvent themselves at least once due to layoffs and industry changes.  We’re going to be the generation who has to constantly reinvent ourselves, refreshing our skillsets and updating our goals, and I think our relationship with our employers is going to change.  I know more and more IT professionals who are turning to consulting earlier in their careers, and more employers who are turning to consultants faster than they’d hire staff.  There’s a growing market for micro-consulting: very short engagements with highly skilled professionals who don’t do the job for you, but they walk you through it.  I’ve been kicking around ideas with a few friends on how to position ourselves for that shift, and I’ll launch that company this year as well.

I’m heading out on a weeklong cruise with Mom – her first cruise.  Thanks so much for spending time with me online and making my year so much fun.

Have a wonderful New Year, and I’ll talk to you again in a week!

Brent Ozar
I make Microsoft SQL Server faster and more reliable. I love teaching, travel, and laughing.

I’m mostly a figurehead here at Brent Ozar Unlimited. My true skills are menu advice, interpretive dance, and reading Wikipedia.
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  1. If you do a ebook on Twitter each chapter has to be 140 characters or less. Otherwise I won’t have the attention span to … what was I saying?
    Also don’t drop too much of the craziness from your blog. It keeps us from going insane.

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