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Are You a Full-Time or Part-Time DBA?

By Brad McGehee, 2010/05/28


I’m always trying to find out about the DBAs who visit my blog, as it helps me to better understand them, which helps me to better target the blog posts I write. While I use Google Analytics to help me find out more about my audience (such as how often they visit or what countries they are from), I also run regular polls to find out even more information.

In my latest poll, I wanted to find out how many of my blogs visitors were part-time or full-time DBAs (administrators or developers). I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and in fact, I am a little surprised that about 80% of my blog’s visitors consider themselves full-time DBAs. The reason I am surprised is because when I make presentations at user groups or at free training events, generally less than half of the attendees are full-time DBAs. On the other hand, when I speak at paid conferences, such as PASS or SQL Server Connections, the majority of attendees are full-time DBAs, although they rarely exceed 75% of the audience.

Given these results, it looks like I need to change the slant of my posts a little bit more to better meet the needs of full-time DBAs, as in the past, much of my blog content was targeted more towards part-time (and novice) DBAs. So what do you think? Should I target my blog posts more towards full-time DBAs (who I assume are more experienced and would want more advanced technical content) or part-time DBAs (who I assume are less experienced and would want more introductory content)? Give me your opinion so I can create the most appropriate content. If fact, if you would like me to cover any specific topics, please tell me.

If you didn’t get a chance to respond to this poll, you still can by clicking here. I’ll continue to watch the results and see how they turn out.

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