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Published Friday, December 11, 2009 8:00 AM by andyleonard

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Jack Corbett said:

Great post Andy.  I know one of my recent blog posts turned out to be  a combination of 2 other people's blog posts, BOL, and a answer I found on a forum.  When I started I hadn't found all those resources, but as I researched to make sure I was being accurate I found those resources.  The way I put it was different than the others, and easier for me to understand.  I credited all the resources in the post.

I'd also point out that all these points apply to technical speaking as well.

December 11, 2009 7:58 AM

Mike Walsh said:

Andy -

They say great minds think alike. Apparently not so great minds think alike also because this is a thought process that has been going through my head lately. Next week a series of posts about why I blog, what I've found blogging and an invitation to folks to get sharing is posting. The couple posts will be book-ended by a two part video interview I had with Brent Ozar about his experiences blogging and some encouraging advice.

I think  this is a great perspective and I'll update one of the posts to link to it before they go live. I think all experience levels have something to say. Someone just starting out with a technology may blog about things that a person with 10-20 years of experience may have forgotten about. But whatever the gem of knowledge is, it would be great to see it out there because it will help someone, somewhere. Get out and blog!

December 11, 2009 9:40 AM

G. Andrew Duthie said:

On several occasions, I've gone looking for a solution to a given problem, only to find an old blog post of mine that addresses it. Not sure whether that indicates prescience on my part in knowing that I'd need the solution again later, or rather that my memory could use an upgrade, but it's worked out well in the end.

December 11, 2009 9:41 AM

Allen Kinsel said:

Great points Andy,

Im very late to the game but, I'd add that for me even knowing that I have a blog to write things on has opened up a different way of thinking about problems.  In the very near future Im going to start using it as a notebook to myself, as I think thats where the real value lies.  If someone else finds it usefull then all the better!

December 11, 2009 9:50 AM

Steve Jones said:

Nice post and hopefully you encourage someone to blog. I had someone contact me recently about a blogger that was interviewing. Their blog came up pre-interview, so it was a good thing.

December 11, 2009 10:19 AM

Rob Paller said:

Outstanding post Andy. It's a well needed kick in the tuchus for some of us, myself included. I'm trying to find the right balance between work, personal life, and personal/career development (aka blogging).

December 11, 2009 10:27 AM

Sai Vargheese said:


This article was awesome, short and sweet but addresses 3 questions which stops us blogging.

Now I would like to blog, but where to start from? Which blog specialize which topics? I want to blog about SQL Server, which is the most apt place to blog?

In a nutshell I am looking for "Blogging for dummies".

Looking forward to see response from you.


December 13, 2009 5:08 AM

Dave Millar-Haskell said:

It needs to be said - the excuses people make all look good to me. I'm not an MVP, just a trenches guy. If the experts blog and the rest of read we'll have better quality blogs and way less noise.

December 14, 2009 9:40 AM

Ravinder Pal Singh said:

Very motivating post Andy. Its true that each of us have their own unique way to understand and explain things and that sure adds a lot value to the community.

January 30, 2011 1:40 PM

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