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Collaboration Nation Call to Action! Calling All SQL Server Bloggers and Twitterers

The Suggestion

The Modern Language Association hasn’t made up all the new rules yet to govern how one blogger should reverence, er, reference another in their blog posts.  But they should!  Let’s get that ball rolling for them.

I’m not exactly sure who started this format, but it’s my favorite.  When writing a blog post in which you mention another person’s blog, let’s do it like this:

“blogger name (blog_hyperlink | twitter_hyperlink)”

So, we might read a blog post by my friend Kimberly Tripp (blog | twitter) that might look something like this:

“…the Scottish Terrier was so well known in early American society that as recently as the 1910’s, Manhattanite nannies instructed their young charges to be good else the “Scottish Terrier” would eat them, after a lengthy session of slobbery nuzzling and years of canine devotion.  It is for this very reason that I’ve given my Scots/English husband, Paul Randal (blog |twitter), several variations of the nickname  “Scottish terrier”, “scotty”, “snotty”, and “scotsnots” until such a time as needed for me to roll up the newspaper, give him a good spanking, and stick his nose in …”

Well, you get the point.  And didja notice that I worked in not just one, but TWO entire examples of the blog-reference syntax?!?  I can hardly believe my own craftiness.  I went to university for four years to learn that y’know – and to learn how to funnel beer – but I digress.

The Call To Action

One thing I love about the SQL Server community is our very community-ness.  (I also like the fact that you’ll let me invent stupid words on the fly without too much criticism.)  So, let’s make the glob, {ah! damned dyslexia!} , blog reference business even easier by having you (yes, YOU) post your own blog & twitter links as a comment here.

I repeat – post a comment here containing your name, blog (with embedded hyperlink to your blog), and twitter (with embedded hyperlink to my twitter, er, YOUR twitter account).

I’ll then repost a brand new shiny article with a full compendium to everyone’s blog & twitter hyperlinks (except Brent Ozar’s (blog | twitter) ) which you can save to some obscure cranny of Outlook or WordPerfect to call up at a moments notice when the urge to both blog and reference other bloggers strikes you.

Thanks and looking forward to seeing your blog reference soon!

-Kev

-Twitter @kekline

Comments

Posted by Glenn Berry on 13 March 2010

This sounds like a good idea that is not that hard to do. I also like to link to the actual blog post or web page that I am referencing (besides the home page) for someone.

Posted by Glenn Berry on 13 March 2010

Maybe this will work better?

Glenn Berry (blog | twitter)

Does not seem to like embedded hyperlinks in comments

Blog

glennberrysqlperformance.spaces.live.com

Twitter

www.twitter.com/GlennAlanBerry

Posted by Steve Jones on 15 March 2010

I like this, though it's sometimes hard to find a twitter handle for someone if it's not apparent on their blog (or FB, or whereever). I think it makes sense to include those if you can, but do we then have

( blog | twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Plaxo )

Seems wordy. Plenty of people don't like Twitter, so I think that including one or two that you know of makes sense, but I wouldn't necessarily call it out as just a blog and Twitter link.

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