Happy Third Blogiversary to db2commerce.com!

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Wow, I have been blogging for a full three years now! I have only consistently blogged weekly for about 1.5 years. But what success blogging has brought me!

I put a lot of effort into my blog. One of my favorite things in the world actually turns out to be writing a good blog post – it can wash away a bad day at work and get me back in balance. For some reason, I just thoroughly enjoy writing. It is a good thing, too, because I’ve written over 200 posts totaling over 200,000 words, with another 9 posts and nearly 15,000 words published by guest bloggers (thanks, Mike!).

If you don’t follow me on twitter (you should – @ember_crooks), then you may not know – IBM has named me an IBM Champion in Information Management for 2013!! You can check out my developerWorks profile with “IBM Champion” pasted all over it here: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/profiles/html/profileView.do?userid=1200006WQA&lang=en. This distinction recognizes that I don’t just know my stuff, but that I am sharing it with the DB2 community, too. It is the pinnacle of my career so far.

And add to that, last month marks the 12-year mark for me working with DB2. When I started DB2 7 was the latest and greatest, and we had servers still on 5. I remember new features like loads that didn’t lock the entire tablespace, and online reorgs.

What really makes this blog successful are the readers. I get enough comments and tweets now that I feel like people are really reading. At the last conference at least half of the LUW folks I had met had already heard of me because of the blog. That felt pretty good.

Keep reading – I still have good things to share.
Keep commenting – I still read and treasure every comment.
Keep tweeting – there are still LUW people out there who don’t read, and you can share this with them.

Lead Db2 Database Engineer and Service Delivery Manager , XTIVIA
Ember is always curious and thrives on change. Working in IT provides a lot of that change, but after 17 years developing a top-level expertise on Db2 for mid-range servers and more than 7 years blogging about it, Ember is hungry for new challenges and looks to expand her skill set to the Data Engineering role for Data Science. With in-depth SQL and RDBMS knowledge, Ember shares both posts about her core skill set and her journey into Data Science. Ember lives in Denver and work from home for XTIVIA, leading a team of Db2 DBAs.

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