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Many thank yous for 2021

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In this post I want to cover the fact that I owe many thank yous for 2021. Because with all the thank yous I owe I thought a post was appropriate.

Plus, it makes a refreshing change to do a post like this towards the end of the year. Because usually I recap changes in technology which have caught my eye towards the end of the year.

However, adding that to this post would make this post far too long. If you want to read about those you can read some of my other posts instead. Like my thoughts on most recent Microsoft Ignite which covers various topics, including the SQL Server 2022 announcement.

Many thank yous for 2021

I owe so many thank yous for this year. For a start I want to thank everybody I have interacted with this year. Both professionally and within various the various communities that I am involved with.

Including every conversation and post, like the below which is based on Twitter interactions.

Twitter interactions to highlight many thank yous
Twitter interactions

With things being the way that they are in 2021 due to COVID-19 it has meant a lot.

In addition, like all the other DataWeekender organizers I am grateful to everybody who was involved in this years DataWeekender events. Including the speakers, moderators and of course all the attendees.

It also includes all of you who are organizers of events that I have presented at as well. Including the below ones:

  • Azure Community Conference
  • Azure User Group Sweden
  • Cloud8
  • Data Platform Virtual Summit
  • Data TGIF
  • Data Toboggan
  • Hybrid Virtual Group event
  • Leeds Azure UG
  • Northern DPaC
  • PASS Data Community Summit
  • Power BI Fest
  • Scottish Summit
  • Southampton Data Platform and Cloud group
  • SQLDay
  • SQLFriday
  • SQL Saturday Los Angeles
  • Various Data Saturdays including ANZAC, Croatia, Malta, Redmond & Pordenone

If I have missed an event out, please let me know asap so that I can update this list. I want to name them all because I am very grateful that I got to present for all of you.

Even more so when I get small tokens of appreciation, like the virtual certificate below that I got from Azure User Group Sweden.

A certificate from Azure User Group Sweden, one of the many thank yous I owe
Azure User Group Sweden certificate

Experimenting with new things

One reason that I am so grateful that presented at these events is because it gave me the chance to experiment with some new things this year.

For example, in my video for this years Festive Tech Calendar I did an alternative bio at the end as you can see in the below teaser. Which I must admit was fun to do.

Teaser of an alternative bio which was a new thing for me
Alternative bio teaser

On a side note, if you have enjoyed any of the content for this years Festive Tech Calendar please show your thanks by donating to Girls who code. Because a lot of us in the community put a lot of effort into bringing you this content. You can do this on the Festive Tech Calendar JustGiving page.

I also experimented with presenting using Power BI reports instead of slides during the Power BI Fest event. Amongst some other firsts that I did at that event as well. You can read more about that in a post I did about my first zero-slide session at Power BI Fest.

Power BI report I used instead of a slide, which was a new thing for me
Power BI report I used

In addition to this, myself and Sander Stad also experimented with some new sessions that we presented together this year. For instance, just last month we presented a new session at Data TGIF called ‘Two guys showing off GitHub‘. Where we showed the some of the new features in GitHub.

Thank yous for next year

Finally, as part of my many yous I want to thank the organizers of events that I know I am due to speak at next year as well. Because you have given me things to look forward to in the New Year.

Especially SQLBits who are giving myself and Sander Stad the opportunity to do our first ever training day. You can read more about that by clicking on the previous link or on the below image.

SQLBits 2022 Training Day

Final words about my many thank yous for 2021

I hope me covering my many thank yous for 2021 was of interest to some of you. In addition, I hope that by writing about my gratitude those of you who I have mentioned realize that I sincerely mean it.

My 2021 would be very different without these interactions and I look forward to more amazing interactions in 2022. I am also keeping my fingers crossed that some of them are in-person.

Of course, if you have any comments or queries about this post feel free to leave a comment.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

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