I’ve been involved with development for the last 20 years in some capacity doing anything from answering help desk lines to managing 7 deployments at the same time. I’ve been in big corps, mid-sized LLC’s and startups in someone’s basement.
They all have their benefits and drawbacks, but the place that I have felt most comfortable, most welcome, is among the people in SQLFamily. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the concept of being part of this wonderful group.
In the past, I’ve had responses ranging from “Yer an idiot” to “Why are you alive” in other communities, but in the SQL community, it’s all about “Try this” or “Can you give me more info to help you”. People that are passionate about what they are doing, and willing, able, and open about sharing solutions to common or not so common problems.
What is it about what we do that makes it comfortable and welcoming? At first I was a little intimidated by some of the people I was seeing and everything they accomplished, but I found after a little while and some well placed replies, you begin to get follows, and feel more and more a part of the community. To the point now where I find myself taking time every morning to see if I can answer anything on SQLServercentral.com or on #sqlhelp. I created a new columns in TweetDeck for family and help and I try to keep up 🙂
So question for you….How do you contribute to the community? And on a personal note – how to you keep track of everything?!?! I see people following hundreds of people and I wonder how they keep up.