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Arnie Rowland

Discussion of issues related to SQL Server, the MSDN SQL Support Forums, the complex interplay between Developers and SQL Server Administrators, and our sometimes futile attempts to have a 'normal' life.

To Blog or Not to Blog -Is that Really the Question?

Over the past couple of years, the chorus of voices asking, requesting, even demanding that I present my thoughts in a blog has grown so loud I can no longer ignore. As a long time teacher and trainer, I have great respect for the 'written word' -and even more for personal presentation. I thrive on dialogue, I refine and clarify my thoughts when challenged, I crave respectful debate. For I strongly believe that in debate, if we truly listen to each other, we both are changed. For too long, for professional reasons, I have chosen to keep my public voice silent. That now stops.

So dear reader (not to be confused with the Dear Leader), expect to be challenged, to be cajoled, perhaps to even be confused as I open this pandora's box of exposition. My thoughts will certainly ramble at times, for I cannot easily function in an environment where technology exists free of worldly influences, where 'answers' and 'solutions' are the last word. The only answer to all questions is "It Depends". I freely acknowledge that I will never have 'the answer' -but I will often propose a potential solution in order to direct focus to a possible process that may lead to a temporal resolution.

Life is not about obtaining 'the answer', but about learning to enjoy the journey. My wife, Carol, in the early days of our 'courtship', taught me an extremely valuable lesson. She seems to never get lost -often she is just having a different adventure than the one she set out on, discovering new things, experiencing life in all of it's spectacular beauty.

 I shall embark upon a journey where we shall have a 'most excellent adventure', so if you choose to accompany me, I welcome your presence.


Published Wednesday, October 1, 2008 8:47 AM by ArnieRowland



robboek said:


October 2, 2008 2:37 AM

Sankar Reddy said:


I always looked upto you in the forums and I can't wait to read your official blogs. Keep it coming!

October 2, 2008 1:45 PM

Jonathan Kehayias said:

Subscribed!  I always wondered why you didn't do blogging, aside from being extremely busy.  Definitely look forward to reading your thoughts.

October 7, 2008 11:39 AM
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