Today, I’d like to begin my first series of blog posts, simply titled “Thank You!” The reasoning for this series came to me in the form of a flash (i.e. an A-Ha! moment).
When I first became a SQL Server DBA, I wrongly assumed this would be your average administration style job with some off-hours support. I had a Twitter account, but never used it. Frankly, I did not understand what the fuss was about and let my Twitter account sit idle.
The Great Brent Ozar
After landing the job, I really wanted to shine. I found out very quickly that I didn’t know as much as I had originally thought. After hitting the search engines, I learned of the Twitter hashtag #sqlhelp. I asked questions and one name kept coming back with replies. Fast forward a few years and I inquired if anyone had tested various FusionIO cards and guess who came back with some quick replies? At that moment, I realized it wasn’t enough to just send a “thank you” tweet in reply. Instead, I decided to start a new series to let people know how much I appreciate what they do for others in the SQL Family.
Today, I would like to thank Brent Ozar!
After following Brent (blog|twitter) on Twitter, I realized he not only tweets about SQL Server, but has a really great time along the way. I laughed at many of his tweets, which provides stress relief as well as keeps me well prepared to tackle issues. Additionally, I would respond jokingly to some of his tweets, to which I’m sure he wondered who I was and why I felt the need to respond.
I have watched several of his webcasts and have learned significantly from them. Also, his blog has some really great posts, not only from a technical perspective, but from a professional development perspective as well.
Brent, I would like to send some long overdue, sincere appreciation your way. You have no idea of the impact you made on my career and my passion for SQL Server. I have watched you assist people on Twitter, through your blog, and on your webcasts with utmost respect and confidence.
Brent, thank you for all you do. Many times, a huge amount of work and effort goes unnoticed and today I’d like to turn the spotlight your way in recognition of the many things you do to make the SQL Family a welcome place to be!