Professional Development

Blog Better Week: Spice Things Up with Images

This week I’m focusing on how you can improve your blog. So far I’ve talked about why you should schedule blog posts and the basics of search engine optimization.  Tomorrow’s post will cover how to write a product review on your blog. Your writing is boring. Your Blog Readers I’ve read your blog.  I know…
Read More

Blog Better Week: The Basics of SEO

This week I’m focusing on how you can improve your blog. Yesterday I kicked things off with why you should schedule blog posts.  Tomorrow I’ll break some bad news to you – your blog is boring. I blog to help other people. I’m only successful if they can find me. No, not every player is…
Read More

Plagiarism, Contracts, and You

It was bound to happen sooner or later, and this week, it did: SQLServerPedia got its first complaint about plagiarism.  We were contacted by a well-known author (we’ll call him Author #1) and his publishing firm who had noticed a disturbing similarity between a chapter in their book and a group of SQLServerPedia wiki articles.…
Read More

Blogging and Obscene Humor

In person, I work blue.  I focus on keeping my act clean when I’m wearing a tie or addressing a large group of professionals, but I do have to concentrate.  Get me in a smaller, more relaxed group, and I use my native tongue – which should probably get another layer of soap. In emails,…
Read More

Bloggers: Don’t Focus Too Much on Search Terms

When blogging, it’s tempting to use your web analytics software to examine what people are searching for, and then build your new blog posts around the search terms people are using.  After all, if people are searching for that, it’s a popular topic, so you should write about it, right? Wrong. You already wrote about…
Read More

Book Review: The Whuffie Factor

You, dear reader, probably don’t work in the marketing department.  The vast majority of my readers are information technology professionals, and the rest are my family.  (Hi, Mom!) Today, you can’t get a job like mine without knowing how whuffie works. In the not-too-distant future, you may not even be able to get a job…
Read More