This week is SQL Bits week, which is taking place virtually over in the UK. Things are planned for UK time, and speakers are accommodating them. I had a webinar earlier in the with Grant at 930am my time, 1130 his. This was after he’d completed a 7.5 hour precon for Bits. He’s quite dedicated to both the company and sharing with others.
For a number of years, SQL Bits was the conference I looked forward to, planned on attending, and made sure to get submit early and promote my session. This is my favorite conference, and while I do enjoy going to most of them, I have always felt Bits, run by community members, was special, fun, and a highlight of my year.
Once again, I’m missing the event, and especially missing the chance to see and chat with lots of friends. The last couple years Bits has been in the March/April time frame, conflicting with my coaching commitments in the US. This year I had hoped the move to September would allow me to go, but alas, the UK is still in a lockdown, and I can’t spend 14 days in quarantine.
As I see the tweets and pictures from friends that are participating, I realize how much I miss the event and the interaction with others in the #sqlfamily. It’s sad to not have any events to go to, but I especially miss SQL Bits this year.
I don’t know what the future will bring, and I hope that Bits will survive this difficult time. I also hope that they find a way to get back to a live event, whether in 2021 or 2022. I’m already mentally marking my calendar, and hoping I can find a way to go back.
A few fun memories: