SQL Authority News – 3000th Blog Posts and Thank You

3000th Blog Posts! 

When I realized that I am writing my 3000th blog post (list of all of my blog posts), I just got blank with happiness. I could not come up with what exactly to write. It has been a long time since I have stopped writing about milestones. I believe writing about milestone is not helpful to users, it is just plain bragging about oneself. However, when I reach 3000th blog post. I am just stunned and not sure what to talk about. I will now answer three questions which I have received about this blog in the last month, maybe that will give some insight in my blog post.

Q: How can you write every single day from last 7 years?
A: It is about to be 8 years soon. I just enjoy it. Every day, I write one blog post before I start my daily routine. May be this discipline has helped me. I have talked about secrets of this in my latest Play by Play: Pinal Dave  Course.

Q: Do you have a day job or you just do blogging?
A: Yea, I have a day job where I go to the office, work for over 8 years, take a lunch break and have amazing people to work with. I work for Pluralsight as an Evangelist. However, blogging is my passion and heart beat. That is why I have recently written a book on Secret Tool Box of Successful Bloggers: 52 Tips to Build a High Traffic Top Ranking Blog and it is doing quite well.

Q: I want to learn more about blogging, is there any other resource besides your book do you suggest?
A: Well, I suggest you read my book as that is the latest additional to my library. It is 12th book I have authored in last 3 years and a very first non-technical book. If you do not want to read books, you can watch my Pluralsight courses on Building a Successful Blog and Building a High Traffic, Profitable Blog. Both of the courses are very unique in nature and gives perspective in my methodology in blogging.

Bonus Q: If you have a day job and you spend so much time in writing books as well as authoring video courses – when do you sleep?
A: Well, let me quote my favorite author Robert Frost.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.

I am just humbled and thank you to all of you. I really mean it.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

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SQLAuthority News – 2500 Blog Posts, 2 Million Views per month, 62 Million Total Views

Today, I am very happy as the journey I started almost 6.5 years ago has very important milestone. I have stopped blogging about my milestone for a long time as I believe that was just taking up the space in my blog and was not providing any useful information. However, today is a special day. This is my 2500th blog post and now the next 2500th blog post will come after many years.

When I started this blog I had no idea that I will be blogging after more than 6 years and I will ever reach to 2500th blog post. It was all just started as my personal bookmark. I was expecting that I will be a single reader of this blog and had no idea for a long time that even other people can read my blog as well. Once the very first comment appeared everything was just new world for me.

I never thought I would be able to engage with so many people from all over the world. I initially thought my blog will be majorly read by Indians as India has largest population but I am delighted to see that there is a balance among continents. As of today, this blog is the most read in USA and second place is India. Thank you readers from all over the world to support me  in spreading the knowledge.

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Another interesting and important detail is that I have been receiving over 2,000,000 views per month consistently every month. I never thought so many IT Professional would be reading this blog. When I see this 2 million number, I wonder often about readers.

If you are my blog reader, I would like to know you, would you please tell me who you are and why do you visit this blog? I encourage all you to leave a comment in the comments section. On this 2500th blog post, I will select random 10 readers and will send them surprise educational gift.

Online Course on how to Build a Successful Blog

I am often asked what are the best practices to build a successful blog. I have built a video course on the topic of How to build a successful blog. 

Watch the teaser of this course.

Here are few of the topics which I am covering in the course:

  • Blogging – Concepts, Ideas And Motives
  • Getting Started With Blogging
  • Writing An Interesting Blog
  • Blogging Rules, Ethics And Etiquette
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Checklist For Building Successful Blog

Reference:  Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – Delhi Flash Mob and Women Safety – 2400th Blog Post – A Milestone

I have stopped writing milestone posts recently as I realized that they really do not serve any other value besides having boastful note about myself. I rather do some important contribution to my blog so I started to build Weekly Memory Lane series and that is a much better contribution in my opinion as that even helps me to go and re-learn some of the concepts from the past.

However, this blog post is a different blog post than any other blog post. If you are familiar with what is going on recently in Delhi, India you will appreciate my reason behind this blog post. As an Indian it is very important to understand safety is very important for Indian Citizen. As a father and husband the safety of woman family member is the prime responsibility of mine. Recently a very sad event in Delhi, India has shaken up whole India (and the rest of the world). I have been meaning to write about this subject on this blog for a long time however, it was very painful to think about this event as an Indian.

I had decided to stay silent on this subject, even though the subject has been very much in mind. Silence is not a solution. I am strongly against crime against women. I have been discussing this subject with my friends from Koenig Solutions. They are also experiencing very similar emotions as the rest of the India. On the Republic Day of India (26th January), they have recently performed a Flash Mob in Delhi. Here is very touching, inspiring and powerful Delhi Flash Mob. If you are not familiar with Hindi (Indian Language), I strongly suggest that you turn on Closed Caption (Subtitles) to grasp the real meaning behind this song. It is not a simple dance, it is a creative fight against the rights of women and safety.

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Thank you Koenig Solutions for inspiring all of us.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthoity.com)

SQLAuthority News – Year 2012 in Review – Perspective of Blog

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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Crunchy numbers:

3,200,000 people watched the Mars Rover land. This blog was viewed about 19,000,000 times in 2012. If this blog were a video of the Rover landing, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it. In 2012, there were 372 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2,360 posts. The busiest day of the year was October 9th with80,693 views.

The top referring sites:

  1. facebook.com
  2. pinaldave.com
  3. stackoverflow.com
  4. codeproject.com
  5. twitter.com

Where did they come from?

That’s 234 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. India & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

Click here to see the complete report.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)