New Beginnings for an Old Blogger

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. – Charles Dickens

Happy New Year! I am stoked to be blogging here on SimpleTalk! I am a major fan of Redgate’s tools for a long time, and have been a Friend of Redgate for almost as long. My new year’s resolution is to be an even bigger friend to Redgate, if that is possible.

While this is not my first blog post on Red-Gate’s Simple-Talk blogs, my new activity will be a major change of pace. Initially, I wrote blogs for a very specific topic: “What Counts For a DBA”, where I discussed various criteria that helped to make you better at being a DBA, a data programmer, and in some cases, a better person. It was a series I had a lot of fun writing (and still have ideas for items to post in the future.) But starting today, with this very blog entry, this will become the home of all of my new SQL related blog posts. Nothing much will change from my SQLBlog days, other than I intend to blog a lot more than I have in recent years, if I don’t foolishly start writing another book…

Just like my previous blog, expect the following to be true here as well:

1. I will blog mostly about T-SQL features and techniques, but also PASS Community, and events at which I will be attending and speaking. The blog will not be a bunch of advertisements for Red-Gate myself, or for anything other than community oriented information. My articles about their products will remain separate, so if you just want mostly technical articles, that will not change.

2. I will not post as often as I want to. I want to post daily like I did when I first started blogging, but that is unrealistic. Even once a week can be taxing at times when trying to come up with something interesting to say that I haven’t said before.

3. Posts will be littered with typos and the occasional sentence that makes no sense to me when I go back and read then. I won’t have an editor, just like SQLBlog, so sometimes I just get. It is what it is at times, but point out typos and I will send you a free ebook (Heck, I will go ahead and do that for you now, just click here for free ebooks galore that Redgate has for download. Man, I went back on my “no advertisements” pledge really quick there didn’t I?)

4. I will respond to comments as frequently as I have time. Sometimes this will be weeks. If you want faster service, please include a reasonably sized Amazon gift card number in your email. (Not too large or I might retire.)

I am very excited for this opportunity to blog on SimpleTalk, and I look forward to reading your comments and feedback.