I recently helped Hugo Kornelis set up a new WordPress blog at SQLServerFast.com, and I realized it’s been a while since I listed the plugins I recommend. Here you go: Crayon Syntax Highlighter – show your T-SQL code in all its glory. Has an SSMS 2012 theme, and you can set the default language to T-SQL. Editorial Calendar – I’m a huge believer in scheduling your posts ahead of time. This plugin gives you a drag & drop calendar so you can reorder posts when your priorities change. EU Cookie Law – because the European Union saves your life by telling…Read
First, a few disclaimers. If I started today with a mission to build a $1mm/year e-commerce business, I probably wouldn’t start with WordPress – I’d probably go with a purpose-built e-commerce tool like Shopify. There are even folks out there who will tell you not to start a blog on it either, and that there are better static content generation tools that don’t require web hosting. However, I’ve been powering BrentOzar.com with WordPress for over a decade, and it’s grown into one heck of a consulting and training business. I’m running over $1mm/year through it, so I should probably talk about the setup…Read
All year long, I pile up blog post ideas and work through them. Somehow, the vast majority of my ideas are actually April Fool’s Day posts. I can’t possibly write all these, so I’m tossing ’em out in my end-of-year housecleaning. Enjoy. DBAsOnly.com – a dating site for database administrators. Someone who understands the constant on-call lifestyle. You’ll never have to do tech support for your partner. Use the power of data to find the right match. Powerless BI – new product for disenfranchised line-level employees that want to correlate metrics to employee dissatisfaction. DBA Job Candidate Verification Service – For $29, we’ll check…Read
One of my training class attendees had an interesting observation: “All this week, when questions have come up about niche topics, you’ve been able to immediately give the name of one person who specializes in that topic. For example, when columnstore indexes came up, you immediately referred us to Niko Neugebauer’s blog post series. When Extended Events came up, you referred us to Jonathan Kehayias’s blog post series. If we wanted to start blogging about something, what areas are wide open for the taking?” With every release of SQL Server, Microsoft brings out cool new features. No one person can…Read
On a recent episode of Adam Savage’s Still Untitled podcast, he talked about what it was like to work at ILM: “Back when I was working at Industrial Light & Magic, I got in at the end of the wire at the end of an era and got to work with many of my heroes, in a place that I’ve been dreaming about working since I was 11 years old. It was Valhalla, and there wasn’t a single job that I worked on at ILM that didn’t at some point in it include the feeling from of, ‘Like, wow,…Read
Are you afraid to blog because you’re worried no one will read it? It doesn’t matter. Write a blog because months or years from now, someone is going to Google your name. You want them to find things – things you’re proud of writing, things that convey your knowledge and personality. It doesn’t matter whether your blog posts have comments or subscribers. You’re going to instantly impress managers because you’ve taken the time to document what you know and share it with the community. Do it now. The future job-seeking you will thank me. Go to WordPress.com and start with the Premium…Read
Dear Blog Author, This is going to break your heart, but your blog isn’t my home page. I might subscribe to your RSS feed using Feedly, or I might sign up for email subscriptions when you post new stuff, but that’s gonna be the only time I see your content. So when I get excited enough about your work to leave a comment, I’m probably never going to see your response. Or anybody else’s response. The solution is really simple: when I’m leaving a comment, give me a box I can check so I can get new comment replies via email.…Read
Here’s what you liked the most at Ozar.me, based on clicks: How to Use a GoPro as a Web Camera in Skype – I wrote a post about doing this with an HD video camera a few years back, and it was instantly one of my most popular posts. I make a hundreds of dollars per month in Amazon referral fees for this one. What It’s Like to Work for a Bad Contracting Company – Contractors often make great money, but the work isn’t always enjoyable. Here’s why. What Does It Mean to Buy Out Your Partners? – It’s not just a…Read
OMG, it’s still going. In January 2013, I started DBAreactions.com on a whim. As the dog would say, I had no idea what I was doing. I thought it might be a small passing fad, fun to read for a while but then quickly dying off. However, this thing had legs: DBAreactions sessions from Google Analytics DBAreactions users (visitors) It’s mind-blowing to me that this little fun experiment has had over a million sessions. That’s a lot of laughter to generate: DBAreactions Metrics 2013-2015 GIFs are a global language, too – less than half of the readers are from the US: DBAreactions…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in California with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.