Albany Code Camp — April 25 @AlbanyCodeCamp #albcc

I received an email over the weekend about a new event for this year — and for once, it isn’t related to PASS or SQL Saturday.

On Saturday April 25, the first (hopefully, annual) Albany Code Camp will be held!

I submitted four of my presentations. We’ll see if any of them are selected. Stay tuned!

Regardless of whether or not I’m selected to present, I will likely make the effort to attend. Hope to see you there!

My 'blogging presentation recording is online! @CASSUG_Albany @PASS_ProfDev

Were you interested in checking out my ‘blogging virtual presentation? Were you not able to attend?

Good news! A recording of my presentation is available online! Use this link to see my presentation on YouTube!

Blogging virtual presentation — Tuesday, January 21 @CASSUG_Albany @PASS_ProfDev

Today around noon (about an hour from now as I write this), I will be doing my virtual presentation about ‘blogging! Come and join me!

Welcome to Ray Kim's 'blog

On Tuesday, January 21, at noon (US Eastern Standard Time), I will be doing my presentation titled “Blogging for Success: Advancing your career by blogging.”

If you’re interested in starting a ‘blog, I’ll talk about my own experience with ‘blogging and lessons I’ve learned along the way. Some topics I’ll discuss include how I got started, ‘blogging platforms, and subject matter.

For more information and to register for the event, use this link.

Hope to see you there (so to speak)!

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Blogging virtual presentation — Tuesday, January 21 @CASSUG_Albany @PASS_ProfDev

On Tuesday, January 21, at noon (US Eastern Standard Time), I will be doing my presentation titled “Blogging for Success: Advancing your career by blogging.”

If you’re interested in starting a ‘blog, I’ll talk about my own experience with ‘blogging and lessons I’ve learned along the way. Some topics I’ll discuss include how I got started, ‘blogging platforms, and subject matter.

For more information and to register for the event, use this link.

Hope to see you there (so to speak)!

Upcoming speaking engagements (as of 1/13/2020)

I have some confirmed speaking events coming up, so I figured this was a good time to update my speaking schedule.

I am confirmed for the following:

I also anticipate hearing soon as to whether or not I will be presenting in Chicago on March 21. Stay tuned!

Hope to see you at an event soon!

The view from another side

In the movie Dead Poet’s Society, there’s a scene in which the teacher, John Keating (played by the late Robin Williams) stands on his desk, making the point of how important it is to see things from another perspective.

I was reminded of this when I sat in on Mike Hayes‘ online presentation, “Blogging Rebooted.” Mike gave a very good presentation, as he always does, and he even gave me lots of props. (Mike, if you’re reading this, thanks for all the kudos! I will reciprocate when I do mine!) If you missed his presentation, a recording of it is available online. Go check it out!

Whenever I attend SQL Saturday (or any other conference, for that matter), I regularly make it a point to attend sessions that are similar to mine. I need to see how other presenters view whatever it is that I’m viewing.

Looking at the same thing from another angle is important for multiple reasons. It gives me a bigger picture of what I saw to begin with. It might give me ideas that didn’t occur to me. If another presenter touches upon the same points I make in my own presentation, it validates my own ideas. If (s)he offers points that are contrary to my own, it makes me reexamine my own view to ensure what I think is correct, or to make any adjustments.

In any case, I usually end up improving my own presentations and viewpoints, sometimes vastly.

So if you’re building a case, an argument, a presentation, or any other situation where you’re expressing your own viewpoint, also consider how it looks from another view. You’ll end up strengthening your own case in the process.

Promoting yourself by 'blogging

The other night, I got a phone call from a friend of mine. Among other things, he told me about some of his frustration about not being able to get more customers for his independent consulting venture that he’s been trying to get off the ground for a year or so.

I gave him a suggestion: “Start a ‘blog.”

He gave me concerns that it was going to take too long and take up too much of his time. I told him, it won’t take as much time as you’re thinking.

Honestly, the part about a ‘blog that likely takes the longest is getting it set up. Once your ‘blog is up and running, it doesn’t take much to maintain it.

There are no hard or fast rules as to how much time you should invest in your ‘blog. I told my friend, you can maintain it in as little as ten minutes every other week. Of course, the more you post to a ‘blog, the more expose you’ll get. How much time you invest into your ‘blog is up to you. As Tom Lehrer once said, “life is like a sewer — what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.”

I did provide him some of the benefits of ‘blogging, but I won’t rehash them here; instead, here are a few other articles I’ve written that describe some of the benefits of ‘blogging.

If that wasn’t enough, I’ll also be giving my ‘blogging presentation online on January 21. </ShamelessPlug> Additionally, you can download my presentation slides here.

If you’re looking to promote yourself or for increased exposure. consider starting a ‘blog. It doesn’t require a lot of time, and the return on investment could pay large dividends. You never know where it could lead.