10th Anniversary of SQL Authority – Thank YOU!

10 years ago, today I started to blog, at https://blog.sqlauthority.com – I had no idea where this journey will bring me. I honestly had no idea. Lots of people ask me so many questions about blog so today, let me answer five of the most popular questions, which I keep on receiving. Today is the 10th Anniversary of SQLAuthority.com

Question 1: How did I come up with the name SQL Authority?

Answer: In my early career I was a ColdFusion programming language developer. One of the most popular resourceful websites for ColdFusion was CFAuthority and I always enjoyed the information available there. The website always had useful information and was always to the point. I was inspired from it and named my blog SQL Authority.

Question 2: How did I start to blog?

Answer: The answer to this question is a bit dramatic. Just like every DBA, I create various maintenance scripts which I can use again and again (i.e. Backup scripts, index maintenance scripts, etc.). Initially, I used excel to store all of my scripts but very soon, I realize that it is not a good way to store my SQL Scripts as it changes its formatting. After this I tried various different platforms and tools, but none of them worked out well. One of my experiments was blogging platform (Google Blogspot and WordPress). I really had no idea what is blogging 10 years ago (trust me – WordPress had been at that time just 3 years old and have very little traffic).

One fine day, I received an email from one individual who said he liked my script related to index maintenance and requested some enhancements. I was a bit stunned when I noticed that he had included the link to my WordPress blog. It is when I realized that my blog was public and was accessible by the entire world. He had found my blog via Lycos (search engine, which no longer exists) search. I was thrilled with this new discovery, it was like a new toy for kid. I spent quite a lot of time to understand the platform and decided to continue my journey with everyone.

Question 3: How do I get time to blog every single day from last 10 years? 

Answer: I have never missed a single blog post a day routine for last 10 years. I see blog is helping over a million individuals every single month (daily unique visitors are over 50,000) and it gives me amazing satisfaction to keep on finding time every single day to write new content which can be helpful.

Question 4: How much time it takes me to write one blog post?

Answer: I spend every day around one hour to write a blog post, but spend over 6 to 8 hours to do many different tasks related to blogging. Lots of people think it is easy manage a popular blog, but it is not true, it requires lots of time to manage and sustain the blog.

My wife and I both spend numerous hours in keeping the blog running at optimal speed (it should be loaded under 2 seconds, anywhere in the world). There are times when, after spending hours working on a blog every single day, when we go to sleep, we have an even longer list of items to accomplish the next day.

Here is a brief list of activities one has to do to manage a popular blog: (I am limiting the list to 10, the actual task list has 38 different items)

  1. Answering comments
  2. Updating WordPress platform and plugins
  3. Keeping a check on hosting and uptime dashboards
  4. Backup and restore routine test (I do daily, multiple times)
  5. Malware and security analysis
  6. Managing Webmaster’s tool
  7. Creating AMP pages for Google
  8. Creating Instant articles for Facebook
  9. Managing social media related to blog – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube
  10. Managing Email List

Question 5: How do I make money?

Answer: There three major sources of income for me.

Blog Advertisements

I invest 100% back in running blog and its infrastructure.
I trust me this is a huge cost and extremely transparent to all the readers.

Consulting Work via Hire Me

I only take SQL Server performance tuning consultation and I keep reasonably busy with the assignments.

Paid speaking engagements

I do not do trainings, these are high quality 90 minutes SQL Server related talks.

Well, that about top 5 questions from the list of the questions, I receive every single day.

What Next-

I am still excited about the blog as I was 10 years before and nothing changes. You will see me blogging as usual. I have a few experiments planned to blog, but I will write about them in detail in the near future.

Meanwhile, if you have slow performing SQL Server, let me know, I will be able to help you run it faster. Click the link to get started to Fix Your SQL Server Performance.

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

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98 Comments. Leave new

  • Tywan Terrell
    November 1, 2016 7:30 pm

    Thank you for all your contributions they have truly been a source of inspiration and training.

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  • Nishad Jadhav
    November 1, 2016 7:43 pm

    Monumental Achievement! Congratulations! and BIG thanks from SQL community.

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  • Alvin Ashcraft
    November 1, 2016 8:09 pm

    Congrats on your blog anniversary! Your posts are still very useful years later. I’m excited to be celebrating 9 years for the Morning Dew tomorrow.

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    • Hi Alvin,

      This is amazing – I am so happy to hear it. Happy 9th anniversary to my favorite read every day – Morning Dew!

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  • Congratulations Pinal, your blogs have helped me a lot for the last 5 years:)

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  • Congratulations! I wish you all the best in your future work!

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  • I hope that a lot of people respond to this posting, and say thank you for a decade of hard work. You been one of the most dependable, accurate sites for SQL Server and deserve some recognition for it.

    I still remember when we met in person many years ago, and you told me my books are popular in India (my mortgage is grateful), but the things to my headshot on the back cover of the book, my nickname was “the SQL Satan”– I love it! :-)

    Keep up the good work..

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    • Hello Joe sir,

      Yes, every year I go to SQLPASS, I think of you. Your presence is like blessings to many of us. I told you in person that I was so afraid to talk to you and you sat in front of you. However, after a few minutes, I realized that your heart is like butter and you love all of us more than anything.

      I have learned SQL from you, but the lesson of life which I learned from you that day is still I value every single moment of the day. You had said – “My reward is everyone who uses my content and improve their life.”

      Thank you sir for stopping by, I am grateful and thankful to you!

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  • Hearty Congratulations !
    Your are indeed an inspiration and thank you for your presence!!

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  • Congrats on your 10th anniversary! This site has always been my first stop whenever I have database issues and I’m very grateful for all your help.

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  • Have a nice anniversary. Your blog is inspiring, helped me many times. Keep it up!

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  • Congrats! Your blog it’s a great resource!

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  • Hi Pinal Dave Sir, there is no words to describe your effort, it’s awesome, almost everyday i will try to browse ur site. Happy 10th Anniversary, Praying god to give more courage to do such wonderful help, your blog is helped me a lot in many scenarios. Keep up the extraordinary work.

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  • Amazing! — thanks for the inspiring many others too! And great catching up at PASS Summit 2016, hope to see you soon! :)

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    • Hi Paras,

      You are like my younger brother and it is always pleasure to meet you and talk to you!

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  • Everton Custodio
    November 2, 2016 2:38 am

    Congratulations!! I only know your blog for a few years, but it has been really helpful. Keep doing this great work!

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  • leRoux Cilliers
    November 2, 2016 3:29 am

    A simple but deeply appreciative thank you for all that you share and the enormous value gained from it,

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  • Congrats!! Your site has always been my first stop whenever I encounter any database issue as it provides me a quick fix.Thanks a ton for all your efforts in making DBA life easier :)

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  • Hi Pinal, great job on 10 years of success. I didn’t know you started the same year MSSQLTips,com started. I give you a lot of credit for producing so many great articles and doing this all on your own. I hope you have another 10+ years of success.

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    • Hello Greg Sir,

      I know you so well from MSSQLTips.com, your site is an amazing resource for many users in the community and everyone loves it.

      Thank you so much for your kind words, I appreciate it so much. Yes, I spent lots of time and energy behind building this content and that is why I am so attached to it. I do my best so meet the amazing standard which you have set for blogging.

      Reply
  • By the way, this is Greg Robidoux from MSSQLTips.com.

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  • Jalpesh Vadgama
    November 2, 2016 6:11 pm

    Congratulations!! for achieving such a great standard for this blog. You are an inspiration for many others. I started my blog looking at you and Jacob.

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  • Chetan Koriya
    November 2, 2016 7:23 pm

    Hello Pinal sir, Many many congratulation for the day. Daily reader of your post. Keep it up.i got lots of knowledge from your post and got many solution. Thank you so much, and once again congratulation.

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  • Mohamed Musthafa Shahul Ashrafali
    November 2, 2016 8:28 pm

    Congrats on your first 10 years and here’s to many more… :)

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