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The Voice of the DBA

Steve Jones is the editor of and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at

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When I wrote the editorial for today on A Humbling Experience, I was sure that it would generate a bunch of feedback and reads. Instead, as of 10:00am MST, when there are often 2-3, sometimes 10 posts, there are none. And only 16 reads!!! Probably 6 of those are mine in getting the ed tested and checking for replies.

It's funny that sometimes I can guesss that certain things will or will not do well. Like reviews: I know these will usually be 500-800 reads. It's just not that compelling for most people. However things that are mistakes, like the In The Real World mistake series Andy and I wrote and the DBA Whoops will get 4-5000 reads. The articles on NULLs will get 4000 reads on the first day. As an aside, a normal article usually gets 1500-2000 reads the first day.

But aside from those, I find myself often surprised by what really gets the most reads and what generates feedback and interest. I've given up predicting for the most part, but sometimes I guess just for fun. I know I certainly couldn't make any money on my prognasticatory skills. :)


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