In 2001, I was a developer, and I liked to write.
I’d had web sites for a number of years, but in 2001, I decided to switch from wickedlife.com (archive) over to BrentOzar.com. I wanted a domain name that would more appropriately reflect my interests as they changed over time, and I figured that I wouldn’t always be interested in the goth lifestyle, hahaha.
There were a couple of blogging applications available at the time – this was years before WordPress – but being a developer, I wanted to write my own as a learning experiment. Armed with Macromedia Dreamweaver and a few books, I wrote my own blog platform and started blogging.
In the early years, the blog posts ranged from going to Fry’s, using technologies I’ve long since forgotten, building a car computer, wishing Mom & Caryl a happy Mother’s Day, marketing slogans for girlfriends, and, uh, buying pantyhose to make my own aquarium filters. I kept a webcam on 24/7, which led to some amusing photos of me working. In later years, I started writing the personal stuff over at Ozar.me, and I focused BrentOzar.com on technology, specifically Microsoft SQL Server.
A lot has changed in the last 20 years. Hell, a lot has changed in the last one year!
But some things remain the same:
- We – you and I – are a community, a tribe.
- We support each other and help each other grow.
- As we grow, our job roles may change, so we’ll drift out of some tribes over time. That’s totally okay.
- You get what you give, and there are so many ways to give: write blog posts, give presentations, volunteer with open source projects, or help coordinate events, virtual or in-person. (Okay, maybe that last one has changed a little.)
Over the next 20 days, I’m going to spend some time here reflecting on things we’ve learned over the last 20 years – stuff that’s changed, stuff that hasn’t, moments that I’ve been proud of, and where I think things are heading. Some of it will be technical, some of it about the industry, and some of it will be navel-gazing.
Thank you for being here for this wonderful couple of decades. I really appreciate you. You make this fun for me.