Why do we do the things we do? Do you ever ask yourself that question? If not, you should, it's good to step back once in a while to evaluate your direction and your choices.
This week marks the beginning of a new community meme, known simply as #Meme15. The inaugural topic is "Why Do We Blog?", seeking to answer two questions. The questions are good ones, let's see if my answers are equally good.
Why did you start blogging?
I have two active blogs, both relatively successful, each covering very different topics. One is dedicated to my hobby, and exists so that I have a central place to "show off" my efforts within that hobby. I'm passionate about the hobby, I consider it a form of art and expression, and an escape from my day job. I've also succeeded in having a magazine article published in a hobby publication, with more articles in the works.
The other blog, the one you're reading now, is dedicated to my profession. As a SQL Server DBA, I rely heavily on the web for research, documentation, and support. Originally, this blog was meant to serve as a dumping ground for my own tips, tricks, utility scripts, and other tidbits that I didn't want to lose. Putting them online seemed like a good way to protect them forever. I kept at it for a while, but between the full-time job, family, two early/pre teen children and other distractions, the blog fell by the wayside. I didn't consider myself a good writer, and couldn't dedicate the time needed to improve.
Why do you currently blog?
Fast-forward a few years - there are fewer family demands, the work/life balance has improved, and I have a renewed interest in being active in the SQL community. I've also become more comfortable with my writing skills, partially due to the hobby blog and the related magazine articles. In the short time that I've resumed blogging about SQL Server, I've connected with some great people, found loads of support within the community, and have seen the blog become quite active. It's proving to be a lot of fun, and I'm learning a lot in the process. I have a place to vent my sarcasm, express my creativity, and maybe help somebody out in the process. Those who know me well know that I have a sarcastic streak a mile wide, and if I can't let it out, well, it won't be pretty.