T-SQL Tuesday #61 – Giving Back

tsqltuesdayIt’s that time of month again, the time when we have a day where everyone writes on the same topic.

This month Wayne Sheffield is the host and has chosen Giving Back as his theme. It’s a good one with the holidays and it’s one that really inspired SQLServerCentral. We built a business, but one that was founded on helping others and giving back to the community. The same could be said for SQL Saturday as well.


First the soap box. Everyone should give back to the world at some point in their lives. Perhaps it’s when you’re younger, perhaps when you retire, maybe it’s this weekend, but you should volunteer to make the world a better place.

Now for my plans for giving back.

They won’t change a lot from the past few years. I look to speak at various SQL Saturdays and User Groups in 2015. While Red Gate funds my travel and sometimes asks me attend events, I choose many on my own. I also donate my time as I don’t get a shorter week when I’m delivering a talk or two on Saturday. I still have the same responsibilities and deadlines to manage during the week.

In 2015, I’m going to try and get to 8 SQL Saturdays. I did 11 in 2014, but I’m not sure I’ll end up with the same number. We’re still planning out 2015, and I don’t have any SQL Saturdays in the first quarter, but I’m hoping to make up a few later in the year.

I also plan to get to each of the Denver area user groups in 2015. I managed to speak in Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs in 2014 and I hope to do the same in 2015.

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