Michael J. Swart

January 11, 2011

My 2011 Resolution

Filed under: Tongue In Cheek — Tags: , , — Michael J. Swart @ 12:00 pm

T-SQL Tuesday LogoSo it’s T-SQL Tuesday time again! Thanks to Jenn McCown for hosting this month. Today we’re talking about resolutions. Quite apt for January I think.

Resolution time!

Michael J. Swart (looking introspective) resolves to be less introspective.

But seriously, What are my resolutions this year? My personal resolutions are personal (but fairly dull) and my work goals are exciting (but also private). So what’s left? Here it is, short and sweet:

I plan to blog more.

Hmm… that could have fit inside a tweet 7 times. I don’t think that’s quite gonna cut it for a blog post. Okay, Here’s exactly what I plan. I have a goal to get four times as many readers as 2010. It’s ambitious, but here’s some things that could help.

  • Write a post once a week with a post going live at Wednesday at noon. I haven’t been the most prolific and hopefully 2011 will be better.
  • Keep to technical content as much as possible (SQL Server Denali should be exciting).
  • Include illustrations when I can.

I like drawing. And I think I’ve improved enough that I can settle on a style. (one panel 300×500, reminiscent of Ripley’s Believe It or Not).  At best, I get a smash hit every month or two. At worst it’s a nice graphic that pulls people into the content.


  1. Love the drawing!

    Comment by Julie Smith — January 11, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

  2. Thanks Julie,
    Look forward to more in 2011!

    Comment by Michael J. Swart — January 11, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  3. Wow, do you do drawing yourself or use the tools.

    They look awesome. I really want one for me if you can help me.

    Comment by Pinal Dave — January 14, 2011 @ 7:12 am

  4. Thanks Pinal, I do the drawings, but I draw using a tablet connected to a laptop using a photo as a guide most of the time. Takes me about an hour.

    Doing a picture of you? If it’s of you that’s just fine. What do you think of this idea: I could use also use that photo alongside an blog post in the future that is an interview where you answer questions I email you?

    Comment by Michael J. Swart — January 14, 2011 @ 7:45 am

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  6. Michael,

    I am honored and many thanks. Let me know the next step. This is great opportunity!

    Comment by Pinal Dave — January 19, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

  7. Excellent Pinal! I’ll send you an email soon.

    Comment by Michael J. Swart — January 19, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

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