The SQL Server Posts You Read the Most in 2021

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I think of my blog posts in a few different categories:

  • Posts that will only be read at the moment they’re published (like upcoming webcasts, humorous stuff, and career advice)
  • Posts that will show up in search history over time and continue to be evergreen (like how a feature works)
  • Posts that provoke discussion and interactivity (like asking you a question or running a contest)

So with that in mind, let’s take a look back at the stuff you seemed to enjoy the most this year. I’m gonna sort them in a few ways:

  • 2021 posts you read the most (could be flashes in the pan, or might end up being evergreen over time)
  • Older posts you read the most this year (evergreen)
  • Posts you commented on the most

Evergreen Posts You Kept Reading

Let’s start with these first because I think it helps paint a picture of the different kinds of readers.

If you’re going to write a post that stands the test of time, you want to solve a timeless problem that readers have faced for years, and will continue to face as time goes on. These tutorial posts aren’t often the favorites of readers when the post first goes live, but they’re the kinds of posts that bring in new readers over time.

Not only is it hard to write posts like this initially, but it takes work to continue to refine the content over time, adding in the kinds of key words and content that people are searching for. I actively prune some of ’em, and some of them were perfect when they were published.

If I *purely* wrote tutorial posts, then it’d be a different kind of blog. Pinal Dave’s SQLAuthority is a great example of that – I guarantee every one of you finds his stuff in your search results CONSTANTLY, and as a result, he has way, way higher page views than I have. I appreciate how much work he puts into that. I’m too lazy for that, as you’ll see in the next list.

2021’s Most-Read New Posts

Armed with that list of above evergreen posts, now you’ll be able to look at 2021’s top new posts and make a guess as to which ones will be evergreen, and which ones won’t generate any hits in 2022:

2021’s Most-Commented Posts

And with that, I’ll let you have the rest of the year off – no new blog posts will get published here for the rest of 2021. I’ll see you next year!

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