Back at it with another beginning of the year goal post. The best part of this kind of post is being able to look back and say “Man, what was I thinking? or “Wow, I really changed direction from where I thought I was going!”. My plan for this year is to make all of my goals for this year quantifiable. We’ll see how it goes…
Blogging: Its number one on my list for a reason. I really want to improve here and I will set the goal pretty high, at least for me.
Goal: 100 posts for 2015
Presentations: I am speaking at a meeting in March (need to finish that up) and planning on submitting to a few SQLSaturdays to see if I can present. I’d also like to present online, maybe to the Healthcare VC.
Goal: 3 presentations total
Books: I’m going to change this up this year and not just set a number, but also add a requirement of writing up a review.
Goal: 5 technical/career related books with reviews
Conference attendance: This one may be tough since attending may be out of my control. I had big plans this year of going to 3, but that won’t be happening.
SQLSaturday: I went to the very first SQLSaturday and in many ways that was the tipping point for me choosing a career with data. I have not attended nearly as many of these as I intended mainly due to commitments with family. I’m going to make a better effort to attend more this year.
Certifications: This is one goal where it should be pretty reasonable to make show progress. I am one exam away from MCSE and I need to get that wrapped up. The Tableau Desktop and Hortonworks Certified Apache Hadoop 2.0 Developer certification exams look possible here too. Maybe not both, but I should be able to make one of them happen in 2015.
Twitter: Hard to set a goal for this one. Do I measure in terms of interaction? Followers? Tweets? Tweeting more will make the other two follow, right? As of now, I have 257 total. Doubling that should not be too difficult.
Goal: 250 tweets for the year
PASS Healthcare Virtual Chapter: This one is especially difficult due to the limited presenters available. We are trying to get some momentum going with the group. If that happens a meeting every other month should be attainable.
Goal: 6 presentations
OK, there there are. Goals always change due to unknown factors and I don’t expect these to be any different. I want to keep up this year and adjust as needed, possibly even adding more depending on what happens.