Ernie recharging in Tulum Yesterday’s post marked 52 straight weeks of blogging every Tuesday. I’ve also got a blog over at my day job, but that’s separate and doesn’t count – here is all about my personal experiences, branding, consulting, tech, yadda yadda yadda. It was surprisingly hard. Usually I counsel bloggers to have at least 3 posts in the queue before they publish anything, and to try to keep at least a couple posts in the queue at all times. If you let the queue get down to zero, you start writing crappier stuff just to ship. There was…Read
I’ve been watching Steve Stedman’s Database Corruption Challenge with glee. Steve (@SQLEMT) is running one of the toughest kinds of blog posts you can do: an ongoing series that involves a lot of prep, urgent timings, and dealing with plenty of contributions/questions/answers from a lively audience. That is seriously hard work. So I emailed Steve and put even more work on his plate – an email interview. Here’s how it went: Brent: What made you decide to do a corruption challenge? Steve Stedman Steve: I was working on a blog post to explain the concept of how to pull in data from…Read
When you’re writing a blog post, stop for a moment to ask: Why is someone reading this blog post? Are they a regular reader who devours all of your posts, in order, and knows you and your style well? Are they walking into Cheers? Or are they hurriedly searching Google for an answer to a question, and they have no idea (or concern) of who you are? Are they running into McDonald’s for a fast meal? A great way to understand the difference is to think about two popular – but very different – SQL Server bloggers: Pinal Dave’s blog SQLauthority.com…Read
Today is the day you stop being afraid. SQLbits Speaker and Topic Board For a long time, you’ve been telling yourself, “Yeah, I should probably start blogging one of these days,” but you’re afraid. Afraid someone else has already written about a topic. Afraid that your writing isn’t impressive enough. Afraid nobody will leave a comment. Well, Ed Leighton-Dick is calling your bluff. His #SQLNewBlogger Challenge is a dare to publish one new post per week, every Tuesday in April. If you’re a new blogger, here’s how I’d do it: Sign up for a blog at WordPress. Use your name as…Read
Every year, I finish up by emptying out my list of blog post ideas. It’s a freeing feeling, letting go of these ideas that I just couldn’t find a way to flesh out, and lets me feel better about new ideas in 2015. Here’s the ideas I just couldn’t hit Publish on in 2014: Database Administrator Warning Labels – you know those big cigarette warning labels in black and white print? Wouldn’t it be cool if Books Online carried similar warnings on certain pages? WARNING: TRIGGERS MAY CAUSE LONG, PAINFUL TROUBLESHOOTING. How to Publish Scripts – whenever you put a…Read
I keep my How to Start a Blog post updated, but here’s some of the more advanced tools I’ve been using lately. These aren’t really install-and-go – they require a weekend of work to set up and configure in total, but the payoff is worth it. MailChimp email subscriptions – free for up to 2,000 subscribers, and really reasonable above that. MailChimp makes it easy for people to keep up with you by watching your RSS feed for updates, then sending those updates as nicely formatted emails to your mailing list. Plus, when you want to promote something else like an…Read
Every year that I’ve been renewed as an MVP, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. For years – long before I became an MVP – I always wanted to be a journalist for the community. Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations. That means I end up posting things that Microsoft wasn’t happy about, and you’d better believe I got feedback about it. And Microsoft kept awarding me the MVP anyway. For years, that’s been awesome. I’ve always been appreciative of that MVP designation, and I wouldn’t have voluntarily given it up. It’s opened…Read
So you want to be “Internet Famous” in the IT community, but you don’t want to spend your mornings and weekends slaving away on the work I described in my last post? I’ve got good news – there’s an easier way. Think About Celebrities You “Know” If you’re like me, you watch television, and you’d count some/many/most of the people on TV as celebrities, for various values of celebrity. For example, I was walking down a New Orleans street after dark once and saw Josh Harris, now skipper of the Cornelia Marie, a crab boat on the show Deadliest Catch. He had…Read
There’s a lot of reasons to blog, present, and build a brand – get a better job, change careers, raise your billable rate – but what if you just want to be known by name amongst the community? I was chatting with a blogger about how to be successful, and the first step was defining what success meant to him. One of his goals was to be recognized when he walked into a conference – but he didn’t want to “be famous for being famous,” like a Kardashian kind of thing. I know some of you are going to cringe,…Read
Every year, Microsoft MVPs have to fill out some paperwork describing what they did on their summer vacation. Each time I do this, the numbers boggle my mind, so I’m sharing some of the fun ones with you data junkies. (These numbers aren’t necessarily the ones I use on my community contribution forms because they reflect things the whole company is doing, not just me.) YouTube Channel Stats We record our weekly webcasts and post them up on our YouTube channel. You people continue to watch them in crazy numbers: YouTube Channel Stats That’s 49,452 hours of video watching time…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in Iceland 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.