Jen’s Diary, figuring it out this week

8 Aug
Don’t read my diary when I’m gone. Ok, I’m going to work now, when you wake up this morning, please read my diary. Look through my things, and figure me out. (Kurt Cobain)

I liked Andy Warren’s suggestion about blogging more often about PASS.  At first, I was flattered that he’d actually read my blog at all! Then, I thought about it and, although I don’t officially speak for PASS (I’m not on the Executive Committee), folks might like to know what I’ve been working on for the PASS Board. I should probably do this regularly because I do something “PASS” pretty every evening.

I’ve been up to a lot of other PASS work as well as organising SQLSaturday London Business Analytics edition, as part of my role for the Board. I will blog separately about this work. 

Guide, Encourage and Motivate Volunteers has been the theme this week. Well, I’ve been so busy that I had to look in my email to see what I’ve been doing! I’m a believer in individual contact where possible and I spend a lot of time helping folks over email or Skype. 

This week, I’ve had a lot of email traffic from community members who are volunteers, interested in volunteering, and some follow up from SQLBits where people are interested in PASS Chapters and want to get involved. A couple of folks are interested in setting up PASS Chapters at various locations around Europe, and a few others would like to volunteer but aren’t really sure how to get started. There’s the usual amount of techie questions that I get directly as well, which usually happens via Facebook or direct to my email account. I’ve been lucky to point one particular person to the High Availability and Disaster Recovery Virtual Chapter, since Ryan Adam’s session was perfect for him. My portfolio is the Virtual Chapters, and there is an ongoing work there; for example, helping to find speakers or Virtual Chapters leader support. We are working on the Virtual Chapter sessions for September, so watch this space for more details. 

I was chuffed to be on the PASS website, talking about the benefits of running for PASS Board.  I made a little video and posted it on YouTube, and lo and behold, it was on the PASS site! I was pleased to see Adam Jorgensen’s video as well. 

Why run for PASS? My video is below:



Here’s a great infographic, which says it without my Scottish accent.




















I hope that helps to see what I’ve been doing this week. Any questions, please let me know.


August 8th, 2014

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