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Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com 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 twitter.com/way0utwest

Blogging Is Hard

Why is that? My Database Daily editorial for this week focuses on that and I thought it would be interesting to save it here:

Not that it's hard to do, I mean, run a browser, connect to your blog, click a button or two to bring up a form, type something, then click another button and Whala! A blog entry.
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Blogs are supposed to be to writing articles what Instant Messaging is to email. A quick and dirty way to get some things, thoughts, ideas, etc., out there. So why is it so hard?
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When I first added blogs to Database Daily, it was exciting to see so much information out there being written about SQL Server 2005. And it was cool to stumble on an ever growing list of blogs to include, mainly from folks at Microsoft. But that excitement has cooled as I've grown my list to 50 or so blogs, most of which are not updated each week. In fact, it seems that I've got a few, from some fairly prominent people on the development team, that haven't been updated in months.
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Now I personally have 2 blogs, one personal and one on the SQLServerCentral.com site. I know how hard it is to keep up with them and honestly the SSC one suffers with only a post a week to it. But I also know that it's somewhat of a responsibility and worth taking a few minutes to throw something out there, especially something related to the site or SQL Server.
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It seems like most things, people got excited, jumped in to setup their blog and then the enthusiasm waned and they were done. I get that, it's a human response to lots of things. But for most of these technical guys, that blog should be something they jot notes or ideas in more often. I know when I was developing software I often had "aha" moments on little things. And those should be blogged about. I had lots of them in my personal blog, short things that sometimes turned into longer articles.
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I think many people see the blog the same as a written article and only well though out and written things should go there. I disagree. I think small, short, off the cuff remarks are perfect for the blog with the longer things for published articles. So bug the Microsoft guys and ask for more, not necessarily longer, postings.
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And make my Database Daily job easier :)
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Steve Jones

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