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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
And make my Database Daily job easier :)
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