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My boss gave me an assignment, asking for 200 words on the history of SQLServerCentral. This is what I came up with:

Nine years.

It's been nearly nine years since SQLServerCentral was started with a poor business decision on the part of Database Journal, for whom I still could be writing. I remember walking around my basement, talking on the phone with the other founders, looking for a quiet spot with toddlers upstairs that seemed to find the exact spot over my head before jumping up and down. I made it through the call and SQLServerCentral was born.

The early days consisted of a lot of coding, constant writing and answering questions. It seemed that each of us was working two jobs, working long hours, and often feeling the pressure to get an article done for a newsletter.

A few months into the job I felt it was a grind, and I tried something creative. Instead of putting an announcement in the middle of the newsletter, I wrote a short piece on some aspect of SQL Server. There wasn't much to it, but it became the daily editorial. I was never sure if anyone was reading it since I had no place for feedback. Needless to say I was stunned at the PASS Summit when quite a few people mentioned it to me. Since then I've grown to enjoy it as my favorite part of my job.

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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


Posted by Jason Brimhall on 15 January 2010

We appreciate the work you do for us too.  It is interesting to see some of the history of this site.

Posted by Anonymous on 16 January 2010

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Posted by Dave Schutz on 17 January 2010


I love reading your editorials, and sometimes the guest ones. It's a fun part of my day!

Posted by Steve Jones on 17 January 2010

Glad you like them. I'll have a longer history done at some point, but 200 words was hard. This was 215, a small slice of some memories.

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