2015 a year in review


January 4, 2016 by Kenneth Fisher

It’s a new year, so time to look back at the previous year, and forward to the next. I’ll tell you up front, this post is more for me than you. It’s a way to catalog my year and make some goals for the future. That being said I’d of course welcome any comments and suggestions 🙂

2015 was a great year for me. I had any number of accomplishments.

  • I’ve now been blogging for 3.5 years and still going strong. It seems like forever, and yet it’s a fraction of what some people have done.
  • I posted 104 posts this year for a total of 333. The vast majority of which were technical.
  • More than 300,000 hits this year. – This one isn’t really anything I did, so thanks to everybody who contributed!
  • 463 comments. – Ok almost half of those are me, but I have to reply to people right?
  • My first speaking gig. – Dallas SQL Saturday #447. What a blast!
  • Then speaking at Summit 2015. – I’m still in shock over this one.
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  • Attended the Summit! (pretty obvious after the last one right?) Even so worth a mention. I had a fantastic time and got to meet so many people. I really hope I get to go again soon. If you haven’t been I can’t recommend this enough. It really is like a big family reunion.
  • Reached moderator (10,000 points) on Stack Exchange, and almost half the points were from this year. – Note: The points don’t really matter, it just means that I managed to help some people along the way.
  • Reached 800 Followers on Twitter.
  • Reached 22,000 tweets on Twitter.

And what does all of this mean to me?

I really need to get a life. (Particularly after reading those last two.) No really. I spend way to much time in front of a computer. I need to do get outside, maybe exercise some.

Ok, so what’s up for this next year?

  • Blog: I figure about the same number of blog posts is not unreasonable.
  • Blog: Hits and comments? Who knows. Hopefully, if I can continue to write decent content the numbers will at least stay the same if not go up.
  • Speaking: Well, I’ve only done one presentation so far but I’ve started writing a second. With a little work maybe I’ll get to present them both this year. Presenting at the Summit again is probably a bit much to hope for (although I’ll certainly submit) but I’d like to speak at at least a couple of SQL Saturdays.
  • Stack Exchange: Continue to read questions and answer where I can. Helping others is one of the most enjoyable parts of the profession right?
  • Twitter: If anything should set a goal to cut back, but I don’t think I will.
  • Pluralsight: I’m hoping to start doing a PluralSight course at some point in the near future. So here’s to getting at least one completed.
  • Health: That’s a lot of stuff in front of a computer. I think it’s time to get back to working out. I’ve been lifting weights every now and again so more of that and back on the elliptical I go! Wish me luck, because as anyone who’s ever been dramatically overweight will tell you, it’s a very very hard path.
  • Activity: And just to help with the health part I think I need to start up my archery again. I used to go out and shoot in my hard almost every night. Time to start up again.
  • Education: Study up on replication and SSIS. I need both of these for work so not unreasonable.
  • Certifications: Ok, time to start back on these again. Let’s see if I can finish up my MCSA this year. MCSE we can save for next year.

Whew, that’s a long list hu? Well I’ll be honest some of those are stretch goals that I would like to get done, but probably won’t. Time will tell 🙂

7 thoughts on “2015 a year in review

  1. I bet your increased hits are because of your google search rankings. A few times last year I googled a problem and your blog popped up.

    • notarian says:

      Being Ozared also helps.

      • Being Ozared certainly doesn’t hurt. It’s more of a short term thing though. I’ll have a great couple of days and then things level out. Of course I do get some additional exposure and the odd additional follower so I guess it does have some long term effect 🙂

    • That’s pretty cool. And yes, I assume that an increase in rankings is a big part of the increase in viewings 🙂 Of course it’s a circular thing. The more viewings the higher I am in the rankings.

  2. notarian says:

    My one big thought here: why the certifications? I think your blog and your speaking more than show the tremendous amount of knowledge you have. There are plenty of people with the certifications who could not even begin to write about some of the topics you have covered here.

    • Well thanks *blush*. Actually I get certifications not to demonstrate knowledge but to increase it. The certifications are a great course of study. They cover a very broad range of what’s available and the knowledge required.

  3. Stephen says:

    Ken, quite enjoy your posts, please keep up the good work. And move that health goal to the top, please. As you say, that’s a lot of time in front of the computer. Recommendation: from two blog posts to one per week, and spending that time instead on the elliptical? Just a thought. I am also trying to complete my MCSA in 2016, and achieve several other goals which involve a lot of time in front of the computer. How to do those things and not let my health suffer more is a challenge I haven’t figured out yet, and is much on my mind.

    BTW, have you thought about podcasting? (Not to put another sedentary activity on your plate.) I keep wishing I had brief SQL Server tutorial things I could listen to on the treadmill and in the car during my 1 hr commute to and from work each day. Your posts would fit the bill: they are concise, useful tutorials on one specific topic. If they could be migrated to something that would not require as much code examples to view, they would be great for that purpose. YouTube video tutorials are good too, but I can’t watch videos on the treadmill, and certainly not while driving!

    Good luck in 2016, sir.

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