I started blogging approximately six years ago. I don't know the exact date due to the fact that my prior blog site no longer exists and the archives have long since been wiped, but it was sometime in 2004, probably in late summer or early fall--so right about now. And to be honest, it doesn't really matter anyway, except perhaps for late-night bragging rights at conferences.
Since starting down the blogging path I've had plenty of peaks and valleys in my overall level of activity. Some months I've posted multiple times a week, and once I went over six months without a post. Even at the low points it seems as though readers have stuck with me. And for that I am grateful.
Recently I've been reflecting a bit on this whole blogging thing, and I've started to wonder just who "you" are. What are my readers into? Where are they from? I know you're out there, and I know some basics: my posts get a respectable number of hits, and I have some idea of who you are by looking at web traffic stats. But most of you don't leave comments; the highest ratio of hits to comments I've ever seen on a post is probably 1%.
The fact is, it wouldn't be much fun to write blog posts if there were no readers, and going forward into the next six years I would like to get a head start on writing stuff you'd actually like to read. In other words, I would love to know more about you.
So here's my request: Leave me a comment below. Tell me a bit about yourself--as much or as little as you'd like. This can include your name (first? last? first and last?), where you're from (country? city?), who you work for, what you do for your company, your favorite SQL Server feature... Or anything else you'd like to share.
Thanks for reading these last six years.