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March 8, 2013

This was originally published on May 9, 2008. It is being re-run as Steve is at the Red Gate free Micro-Event for Database Professionals.

One of the great things about SQLServerCentral.com is that so many of you in the community share your work with others on a regular basis. We get articles from all shapes, sizes, and skill levels of DBAs, on all manner of topics. And most of the time, these articles are inspired by things that actually happen in your jobs.

They’re not contrived or made up examples, or situations that only mimic a portion of the real world. You’re writing about things in the real world.

With that in mind, we have an easy poll for you this week:

Why Do (or Don’t) You Write?

I expect that if you don’t want to write articles you might not respond here, but I’m still curious to see what thoughts some of you have.

For me, it’s an easy question to answer: I really enjoy writing. The challenge of coming up with new thoughts, new ideas, trying to explain things to people, getting feedback in comments, it is just very exciting..

Often my wife will look up and see a goofy smile on my face after I’ve read some comment and ask me about it. I’ve even laughed out loud at times. And I’ve been ready to curse people at others.

But overall, the thing that I hated most in high school has become the thing I enjoy doing most of the time. I think about writing all the time and spend almost every day working on some editorial here or there.

So let us know why you write, or why you don’t. Maybe I’ll be able to convince a few more of you to participate and share your knowledge in the next year.

Steve Jones


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