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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

Cleaning Up Blogs

I highly encourage people to blog. I know that not everyone is a writer, but I think that blogging helps build some extremely valuable skills: communication skills. We all need them, and they help us in our careers, no matter what your job.

At SQLServerCentral, we’ve had a blog section for a number of years. We took the open source Blog.Text project from Microsoft originally, and then migrated to the free Community Server software. At some point we upgraded to a real license, and it’s worked OK. I wouldn’t say I think this is a great use of Community Server, especially as it’s embedded in the rest of the SSC site.

However, our license is limited to 100 blogs. We have debated on an upgrade, but the Community Server people have been reluctant to increase our blog license without increasing the forums, photos, etc. and they want a fairly significant 5 figure price tag. I’m not sure it’s worth it to us, especially as blogs don’t generate a lot of traffic.

I still get requests for blogs, and for the most part we are syndicating blogs from people and just displaying the posts from other sites. I suggest to everyone as I don’t have a good backup/export system and most of the main blog platforms (blogger, wordpress, etc) have this built in.

As I needed to add a new one, I removed a few blogs today. I went through the list and checked a few of the blogs, and found a number that had never had a post. So I removed them to make space and keep us at 100 blogs.

I hate to remove the change for blogging from people, but if someone is not blogging at all, then I need the space for now. I’m hoping that we’ll consider moving to a new platform, but like everything else, it’s a question of resources to integrate something else like Wordpress into our site, or write our own software.

Comments

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 29 November 2010

Unfortunate to be limited like that.  I enjoy reading many of the blogs here.

Posted by Dukagjin Maloku on 29 November 2010

I agree with you Jason, really I enjoy reading the blogs here I like the SSC blogs as I can see there is an elite of the SQL blogs writers.

Once again thanks Steve and SSC staff.

Posted by Steve Jones on 29 November 2010

Glad you like the blogs. We'll keep a place for them, it's just a question of what platform or how many. It seems we have about 15 regular writers, so lots of blogs people have asked for and then not contributed content.

Posted by Glenn Berry on 29 November 2010

If people are not going to actually blog, I don't see any reason not to remove them to free up space for your 100 blog limit.

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 30 November 2010

I agree there isn't much reason to keep blogs around that are not utilized.  It is unfortunate that SSC is capped at 100 too.  Also, it is unfortunate that it is sooooo pricey.

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