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Blogging – Relevant or Redundant?

I rarely go off topic on my blog, but I was wondering whether I am wasting my time here.  Eileen rhas some research predicts that blogging is becoming redundant and the new thing to do is microblog on Twitter (I am DeepFat on Twitter) , Yammer et al, as this is the best way to share things instantly. My research indicates that my stuff is being read more and more and I get a lot of positive feedback when I get to meet some of you.  I do use microblogging to keep in touch with what I am doing, but not how to do stuff or why.

Just to be clear this blog is not about level 400 deep dives in to the dark corners of SQL Server. It’s about:

  • (hopefully) useful stuff related to data management and BI, 
  • making sense of how Microsoft’s solutions fit together,
  • when to use what.

I don’t see the point in competing with the excellent technical output from MVPs and the wider UK SQL community, or with all of the essential stuff in TechNet.  When I call out important KB’s, Hand on Labs, WebCasts and events, it’s because these are in my opinion the good ones.

Another point is that I find blogs generally easy to search and I use mine as my personal books on line.  Some of the stuff on here requires considerable research,  as I haven’t always got the answer, so if I am wasting my time here I can free up about 20% of my day for other things.   

My final point is that blogs are quite permanent which is both good and bad.  Good because when SQL Server 2008 is in extended support some of this will be useful to those businesses that haven’t upgraded yet.  Bad because if I make a mistake it’s there until it’s discovered (so far only the odd typo).

OK Rant over, let me know what you think while I get back to SQL Server.