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Un-SQL Friday 001: Branding

November 17, 2010 News-ish, NonSQL, sqlserverpedia-syndication, SSC 49 Comments

In the spirit of T-SQL Tuesday, I hereby declare this Friday Un-SQL Friday. While T-SQL Tuesday is “…the SQL Server blogosphere’s first recurring, revolving blog party….on the chosen [SQL-related] topic,” UN-SQL Friday is a completely intermittant blog party about something SQL-adjacent. (This, by the way, sort of sums up the theme of a lot of what we do on the DBAs at Midnight webshow, but I digress.)

Your mission: To write about branding. We have spoken to a LOT of people in the past two weeks about branding, often specifically about our brand, and the thoughts they are a-churnin.  Your blog should reflect however that word strikes you – whether it’s in personal/professional branding, software branding, our brand, product brands, or whatever.  I suppose if you want to be a smartass you could write about branding irons, but I’m already calling cliche on that.

Be sure to mention in your blog that you’re writing for Un-SQL Friday, and link to this post.  Oh, and have it up any time before the weekend hits, mmkay?

Edits: First, here is my contribution to Un-SQL Friday, Branding, my ass!  I haven’t counted up, but we have something like a dozen participants who’ve written so far - which I’ll round up over the weekend – and more are coming in.  And I’m adding this image, by Matt Velic, as the now and future logo of Un-SQL Friday.  All hail you, Matt!  Finally, please feel free to post next week and link back to this blog…I have at least one person on the hook next week, so he’s happily setting the “better late than never” precedence.

Happy days,
Jen McCown

P.S. Adam, remember: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

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  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jen & Sean McCown, Jen & Sean McCown. Jen & Sean McCown said: Announcing Un-SQL Friday 001: Branding! http://bit.ly/ccDLTc …a completely intermittant blog party about something SQL-adjacent! [...]

  2. You need a cool UNSQL Friday jpeg logo too! [-:

  3. Jen McCown says:

    Hmm, agreed, Andy.

  4. [...] UnSQL 001 – Personal / Professional Branding Posted on November 19, 2010 by Eric Wisdahl NOTE: The MidnightDBAs are starting a new series for community blogging activities devoted to items which are ancillary or tangential to SQL.  The first topic to be discussed is Branding.  [...]

  5. [...] This blog is part of Jen’s Un-SQL Friday collection.  You can read her blog on it here. [...]

  6. [...] MidnightDBAs (or is it just Jen?) have declared today as an Un-SQL Friday.  Nope, this isn’t a NoSQL Friday post, but a “not about SQL” Friday post. Your [...]

  7. [...] is my contribution to my blog party, Un-SQL Friday 001: Branding.  Join in the fun, won’t [...]

  8. [...] Today is the first Un-SQL Friday, the brainchild of @MidnightDBA. The original post can be found here http://www.midnightdba.com/Jen/2010/11/un-sql-friday-001-branding/ [...]

  9. [...] good friends Sean and Jen, the Midnight DBAs, have decided to blatantly copy me.Un-SQL Friday is like T-SQL Tuesday, only it's not about SQL topics, it's not going to happen on a regular basis, [...]

  10. [...] McCown in her SQL Awesomesauce blog today raised the challenge for us to wax poetic on the topic of ‘branding’ for the [...]

  11. [...] This is a continuation of my original post, and part of the Non-SQL Friday. [...]

  12. AndyG (@DBA_ANDY) says:

    New First Rule of Branding – don’t typo your own name…oops

  13. Troy says:

    In case the trackback doesn’t work…or I didn’t do it right for some reason: “Un-SQL Friday 001 – Branding & Bunny Murder” http://troygallant.com/?p=754

  14. [...] wasn’t really planning on writing something for the Un-SQL Friday that Jen McCown (Blog |Twitter) was putting on. Not because I didn’t think it was a good idea just that I have horrible [...]

  15. Andy Leonard says:

    Ok wait – I put in the link to Adam’s post! Doh! It is a good post though.

    My post is here (I promise!): http://sqlblog.com/blogs/andy_leonard/archive/2010/11/19/unsql-branding.aspx


  16. [...] is an overly verbose and self-centered entry into @MidnightDBA's Un-SQL Friday.]I've been unintentionally building my current brand since 1996.  This was the year I learned [...]

  17. [...] I am done with all my meetings, prepared for tomorrows migration and deleted all the fluff from my inbox. Now I have time to add a post for the Un-SQL Friday, an idea by the @MidnightDBA, yes the one that is rough to vendors that do not know anything about databases and DBAs wanna-be that are just incompetents (won’t argue with that). The original post is located here. [...]

  18. [...] me, it’s all a question of branding, which fits in nicely with Jen McCown’s new “Un-SQL” blog theme, explaining the image I’ve [...]

  19. [...] gerasussoftware I really like Jen’s (MidnightDBA,#sqlawesomesauce) idea for the first Un-SQL Friday. I was struggling with the topic and had to read some of the posts from earlier today. No one had [...]

  20. [...] Adam Machanic (I hosted one of the earlier one’s on SQL Server IO here). This one is called “Un-SQL Friday” The point is to post something that is adjacent to SQL Server but no more than [...]

  21. Mike Walsh says:

    My contribution – http://www.straightpathsql.com/archives/2010/11/brand-meet-person-un-sql-friday/

    Thanks for the idea! Will be interesting to see where it goes.

  22. [...] here to see the original: SQL Awesomesauce » Blog Archive » Un-SQL Friday 001: Branding Related Posts:Whiteboard Friday – The Renewed Value of Branding | GeekEstate BlogSEOmoz | [...]

  23. [...] McCown (the wife part of the husband-and-wife MidnightDBA team) declared yesterday to be the first Un-SQL Friday – a day where bloggers talk about anything other than SQL Server.  The topic of the day was [...]

  24. [...] MidnightDBA team (Twitter) challenged the SQL Community (and their followers) to write for “Un-SQL Friday“. This is basically a blogging party where anyone who wants can contribute blogs on a given [...]

  25. [...] Un-SQL Friday #001 – Branding The MidnightDBA Team (blog/twitter) has created, based on Adam Machanic’s (blog/twitter) TSQL2sDays (which I’ve participated in quite often), with a new community blogging project called Un-SQL Friday. [...]

  26. [...] the feeling of throwing a Xerox at Jennifer and Sean McCown (Blog | @midnightdba) and their recent Un-SQL Friday.  I am pitching out an some “What are you thankful for” blog posts to the bloggers that will [...]

  27. [...] friend Jen McCown of MidnightDBA fame issued a challenge last week called “Un-SQL Friday”.  The inaugural topic is on branding.  Although I've [...]

  28. [...] brand for themselves in the community and continue to grow it. Check out both their entries (Jen | Sean) on this topic as they both have really interesting views on this [...]

  29. [...] Un-SQL Friday is like T-SQL Tuesday, only it’s not about SQL topics, it’s not going to happen on a regular basis, it’s not a revolving event, and it’s not organized by me. So in short, they’ve created a chaotic, disorganized, and thoroughly downmarket twist on what I’ve done. How cool is that? [...]

  30. [...] brand for themselves in the community and continue to grow it. Check out both their entries (Jen | Sean) on this topic as they both have really interesting views on this [...]

  31. [...] I gotta revel in my titling prowess. The Un-SQL Friday concept that I ripped off from Adam Machanic put together was really popular, and really [...]

  32. [...] are good. I’ve talked about branding before, and I got a bunch of other people to blog about branding. It’s great to be known as the MidnightDBAs, or the SQL Chicken, or the SQL Rockstar.  But I [...]

  33. [...] party….on the chosen [SQL-related] topic,”), and my groupies will know of my spinoff called Un-SQL Friday (“a completely intermittant blog party about something SQL-adjacent”)…clearly, [...]

  34. [...] This post brought to you courtesy of Jen McCown’s (blog | Twitter) latest and greatest idea: Un-SQL Friday. [...]

  35. [...] Twitter tag you might notice is #UNSQL. It’s similar to T-SQL Tuesday, but this event was begun by Jen of the MidnightDBAs. Again, a topic is chosen and folks blog their responses on a Friday. Or a Wednesday. Or whenever. [...]

  36. [...] to the MidnightDBAs, we have a new, intermittent, community writing assignment. For this inaugural post, we’re to discuss branding. But not branding irons. So I’m going soup to [...]

  37. [...] friend Jen McCown of MidnightDBA fame issued a challenge last week called “Un-SQL Friday”.  The inaugural topic is on branding.  Although [...]

  38. [...] friend Jen McCown of MidnightDBA fame issued a challenge last week called “Un-SQL Friday”.  The inaugural topic is on branding.  Although [...]

  39. [...] friend Jen McCown of MidnightDBA fame issued a challenge last week called “Un-SQL Friday”.  The inaugural topic is on branding.  Although [...]

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