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Blogging Update

Blogging Update

I wanted to take a moment to give you some updates on a few things related to this blog.

First up, you may have noticed things look a bit different here. The blog has been redesigned. In fact, it’s not really a blog anymore. It’s a real website that just happens to have a blog attached. The design work was done by the wonderful Business Betties and I could never thank them enough for the work they have done and the patience they showed with their most difficult client ever, me! So, thanks to both Alison and to my beautiful bride Suzanne for all their work since the start of the year. And if you like what they did for me here, check out the services they provide to see if they can help you, too. Mention my name and…wait…might be best for you to not mention anything about me, ever.

Yes, I said ‘start of the year’ just now. This blog isn’t my full time job, nor theirs. We’ve done the redesign in small steps over the past ten months. We’ve made some changes, then changed the changes, and applied other changes, and finally gotten to the point where we want to officially announce that changes have been made. You’re welcome.

Also, I haven’t done much with my blogger rankings for a while now, updating them infrequently at best. When I started them 8 years ago it was meant to help promote and encourage others to participate in blogging. Eventually my RSS feed exploded and these days I find myself not able to invest the time necessary to keep the rankings current. Many of the blogs on the rankings have become stale or evolved into marketing mouthpieces. I want to turn back time and focus on finding ways to help those in need of some encouragement with blogging and writing.

It’s time to blow things up and start over, I just haven’t figured out what to do yet. There are a lot of bloggers out there that talk about wonderful parts of technology that exist outside of (and yet influence) the SQL Server core engine. I will need to spend time thinking about what steps to take next to build the ultimate “who’s who” list of bloggers. In the meantime I will continue to update the current page infrequently.

As always, thanks for reading. It’s been 3 years since I last updated the blog. It was time for a makeover and I will have more announcements in the coming weeks.

I’m really happy with the new website, the blog, and the direction we are heading.


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