I was taking over from a consultant and realized that we had a lot of data that we were collecting, but weren't putting it to good use. I also saw that we had a lot of manual processes that we could eliminate if we uses SSIS properly to grab data.
So I started teaching myself SSRS and SSIS and lo and behold, I had a mountain of data. Now what??
I started my twitter account in 2011(https://twitter.com/SQLKohai) and after learning that #ssrshelp and #ssishelp tags in my tweets led me to some quick solutions I found myself 'talking' to many people who either had similar issues, or had found solutions to something along the lines of what I was looking for.
Fast forward 7 years, and I'm getting to meet some of them, I'm reading the textbooks that a bunch of them are writing, and I'm preparing to speak at a User Group event in January.
Give me a shout on Twitter and I'll introduce you to the 'SQL Family' sometime. For me, finding a group of likeminded, open people, was really refreshing.