Why Bother Blogging?
I blog primarily because there’s a Certain Kind of Person that irks me to no end.
The kind of person who:
- Withholds information (you wouldn’t understand anyway)
- Mocks people for not knowing what they know (oh, you silly things)
- Uses the people they mock to validate their necessity (you’d be lost without me)
It’s an ego club that I don’t want to be a part of, and the kind of people who take great glee in being part of this sort of club are unfortunately all too common.
When I learn something, I immediately want everyone else to know it, too. I want it in as many hands as possible.
I don’t even want to charge people for it. That’s only when I have to repeat myself.
The same goes for answering questions at sites like Stack Exchange. I joke about the badge/reputation feedback mechanism a lot, but at the heart of things, I really do hope that every time my Imaginary Life Bucks go up, that it’s because I’ve helped someone out in some way.
The more people who Know A Thing, the better.
That means problems get solved faster, problems get avoided sooner, and hopefully no one has to spend hours or days of their lives banging their head against a problem.
What I’d love for you to take from my writing is that learning about SQL Server is like doing a puzzle that never quite ends.
The pieces I’ve put together are pieces that I picked up from a long list of people who have taken the time to write and teach things over the years — they deserve all the credit, really. My pieces are pretty small in the Grand Scheme of Things, but my aim is to leave the Grand Scheme of Things a little bit more put-together than I found them. A bit less… Fragmented.
You know why? I have kids. I don’t want them spending a single second having to think about what a primary key is. One of my grandfathers was a book binder. I’m pretty sure he never clocked out thinking “golly and gosh, I sure do hope my kids someday know the joy of an honest day’s gluing.”
In the same regard, I don’t want you, dear reader, having to glue all this stuff together on your own. The more pieces I put firmly in place, the less time you have to spend sniffing glue and having sticky fingers.
Not that that’s a bad way to spend a weekend.
Y’all Ain’t Not Nothin’
I know that as far as SQL bloggers go, I’m not extraordinary in any way. There are people who are better at writing, teaching, visualizing, and who are a heck of a lot smarter than I am.
Most of them are probably far more sober, too. Perhaps there’s a connection?
Nah. Let’s move on.
I really just want to be consistent. I don’t want to be one of those Vanishing Bloggers. The one who checks in every 6 months with a promise to blog more and a vague update about being really busy with this or that. That is, in the words of a far more consistent writer, a lot of cockadoodie.
We’re all busy. You’re either writing or you’re not.
If I’m writing consistently then I’m learning consistently. If I’m learning consistently then I’m putting more of those pieces we talked about together.
The more often this happens, the better.
The Big Payback
None of this would have been possible without the vision, extreme patience, and hard work of many other people.
My wife, for being very understanding about the amount of time I need to spend staring at glowing rectangles.
Brent, of course, for not firing me.
And of course you, dear reader (and sometimes tolerable comment-leaver), for putting up with with my pop culture references that end in 1989.
As always, Thanks for Reading!