Why I Blog – #Meme15

A fellow blogger and SQL guy, Jason Strate (@stratesql) started a meme on Social Networking as a result of a Social Networking session we participated in at SQL Saturday #99 in Minnesota. (http://www.jasonstrate.com/2011/12/the-meme15-on-social-networking/)

The questions for this month are:

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. Why do you currently blog?

Let the reflection begin

Why Did I Start?

I have “started” blogging at least three times that I can remember.  In each case, I had great aspirations about passing along cool stuff I had learned.  Interestingly, it was neither easy nor “fun” for me to blog.  Each of those times I failed because I could not find enough unique topics to write about.  After all, who would want to read a blog about something someone else had written?

So, I gave it another try.  With guidance from the likes of Jason Strate (@stratesql) and Dan English (@denglishbi), I realized that a blog was a way to communicate what I had learned and what was exciting to me.  I fired up my old blog and have been blogging on what interested me and in particular when I had to work to resolve an issue.  Now, I was really a “blogger” and it was cool.

Why Do I Continue?

I still work hard to get blogs written.  I am much more comfortable presenting on a topic as opposed to writing blogs.  However, I have discovered that some of the stuff I write actually interests other people.

I write more now to get out information on topics that I enjoy and to discuss problems I have had to solve.  I do wish I had more time to blog, but I will blog when I can.  It is more fun than it used to be for me and I will keep on blogging.

What’s up with the name?

What is behind DataOnWheels?  Well, on of the attempts I started was while I was working at Xata (www.xata.com) which is a transportation management company.  I really enjoyed working there and the data work was really cool.  I thought DataOnWheels was unique and represented my interest in both data and transportation.  Well, I have since returned to Magenic (www.magenic.com) where I still work with data, but not so much with transportation.  However, a brand is a brand.  I like the uniqueness of the name and I guess I could change my tag to “Have data, will travel” or maybe not.  I just like the name.

In conclusion, if you are interested in blogging yourself I encourage you to give it a try.  There are a couple of free blogging sites out there like WordPress which I use and Google’s Blogspot which my daughter has used.  My final advice is you should write when you want to and don’t feel bad when you have to wait a while.  Do it for yourself first, who knows who will find you when they need that info.