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SQLAndy

I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Blog Changes on SQLServerCentral.com & Visiting The IndyTechFest

Perhaps you've noticed a few of the blog changes if you visit via the web rather than RSS. One good change is that it's now single sign on, so logged in SSC members can comment. Aside from that, I had hoped for greater visibility for blogs and an increased emphasis (SSC runs a very distant second to sqlblogs.com). It almost feels like a step backward:

  • My About page is still missing
  • Tag cloud is gone, not even counts by tag
  • All blogs have to look the same, no option to pick your layout
  • No better visibility than before about which posts are interesting, where traffic comes from etc

Interesting situation, not many blog posts here so not much reason to put in effort to improving the tools, not having great tools/exposure lessens the potential bloggers. Not sure what the strategy is.

Separately, I'm at the Indianapolis Airport writing this, waiting on Steve Jones to arrive so we can make our way to hotel and the site of the IndyTechFest tomorrow. John Magnabosco has done a really nice job of communicating about the event to registrants and I'm exciting to see how the event is run tomorrow, hoping for ideas to take back to Orlando. If you're attending please say hello, always (well, almost) have time to talk.

 

Comments

Posted by Jack Corbett on 3 October 2008

Hey, I like the single sign-on, there have been a few times I wanted to comment, but couldn't and didn't want to have another account especially since it was SSC.  Not being a SSC blogger the tools don't mean much to me, but I can understand how you would be frustrated by changes and removals.

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