I’ve been thinking about having guest bloggers for a while now. The advantage to me is that I get some help with generating content, which takes hours a week of my time. The advantage to my readers is that you get a different point of view and writing voice.
I met Mike two different ways. First, he’s the social media admin for IDUG, so he’s been tweeting and facebooking about my blog over the last few months. Second, a friend who wasn’t able to make it to IDUG NA 2012 in Denver introduced us by email before the conference and said that we should get together before the conference. So Mike, another DBA, and I had dinner on Sunday night before the conference.
Mike’s a nice guy – he gives off a playful, approachable vibe, and during the conference, I developed a respect for his technical views. He was a first-time presenter at IDUG NA 2012, and did a good job at it. After the conference, we were chatting, and I commented that I’d like to have his conference presentation somewhere where I could point junior DBAs to so they could get some tips on troubleshooting and triage. It then dawned on me that, darn it, I have a blog, and I could be a platform for that. It was kind of an interesting experience for me, having come through a week where I had latched on to key people at the conference and gotten introductions and had a platform for promoting my blog and my future writing career – here was the opportunity for me to do the same thing for someone else.
Anyway, Mike has adapted his excellent presentation on DB2 triage into a two-part blog post. Look for part 1 next week, and part 2 the week after.
If you have any thoughts on having a guest blogger or the quality of the content, feel free to let me know – I love to get comments!