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#meme15: Reasons I Like My Job

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When Jason ( B | T ) posted this assignment, I thought it would be a fun topic to write on.  Before I get into my reasons, some history is in order.  I will have been employed at Magenic ( T ) for over 8 years.  My employment has not been contiguous, as I left for about 4 1/2 years.  In my first stint at Magenic, I came into consulting with no idea what I was getting into.  When I left, 5 1/2 years later, I was doing a lot of travel while leaving my wife with 4 kids under 10 at home.  My reason for leaving Magenic was to be closer to home with less travel.  Now, on to the topic because the reasons I like my job and the reasons I returned are very similar.

Reason #1:  My wife likes where I work

When I mentioned to my wife that I was ready to go back into consulting, she noted that going back to Magenic would be good for me and for the family.  As it turns out, Magenic provided me with a supportive and fulfilling environment which meant a better home life.  Furthermore, she likes how they treat our family as if they matter as well.

Reason #2:  This too shall pass …

I work in consulting.  I really like the freshness of each contract and the knowledge that no matter how bad it looks, it will pass as well.  Keeps the work new and exciting without the burden of working on the same thing for years.  (FYI – did that for 4 1/2 years.  I like consulting better.)

Reason #3:  I get paid.

I don’t do the job for free and I still get a paycheck.  Given the economy of the day, this is a valid reason for liking my job.

Reason #4:  Blah, blah, blah

One of the reasons I came back to Magenic is the fact that they enabled me to find more speaking engagements.  While blogging for me at times can be a chore, speaking at user groups, SQL Saturdays, conferences and other events is fun.  It is one of the things I really love about my job.  This year I will likely get over ten speaking engagements in with over 12 sessions delivered on various SQL Server and BI topics.  Yes, this is fun.

Reason #5:  Coworkers and peers

My final reason is my coworkers and peers.  I get to work with a lot of smart, fun, and driven people.  It is refreshing to go to work and see how each and everyone is finding ways to push the envelope.  Not only that, many I am able to count as friends who I would keep in contact with whether or not we worked at the same place.

I am really pleased with where I work and enjoy what I am doing and who I work with.  I can only hope that I can help improve it for those around me.  What I found interesting about this meme is that it did not prompt a “career” response.  My job enables me to pursue my career, which is awesome.  I could do this elsewhere, but why?

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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.