I started blogging at SQLBlog.com in December of 2006. This past year, after a long and successful run, Adam Machanic – a founder of SQLBlog.com and the brain behind T-SQL Tuesday – reached out to me and suggested I migrate my content to a new home. It took me a while to bite the bullet and do it, but here we are.
It was a non-trivial amount of work. Huge shout-out to Adam (who, similarly, moved his SQLBlog content over to DataEducation.com). He provided some fantastic code in a little application that helped me create new posts on the new site, move the comments over and, at the end, put pointers up on every post to guide people here.
I tried to make the design minimal, and originally paid some homage back to the old site. Big thanks to Andy Mallon for helping me sanity check to get it to be quasi-presentable. I'm not quite happy with it yet, but it's getting there.
You should update your links and bookmarks, in case the old site might ever go down, the content moves, or DNS gets changed. I went out of my way to make it super easy to fix; you can just change sqlblog.com to sqlblog.org. That's it! The eventual URL is a lot tidier, and you are welcome to update to the shorter URL where you ultimately end up, but the simple TLD swap should work without issue. (Let me know if you have a link that doesn't work.)
I updated all of the Connect URLs to go to the WayBack Machine, since it's not clear how long that content will survive there, either. However this is not flawless – the old form of URLs that used
ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=n were not always reliably captured by the WayBack Machine, so… damned if I do, damned if I don't.
In any case, it sounds like a lot of work was done, but I still have a lot of work to do.
I'm not sure quite how much new content will pop up here. My main goal was to have a little more control over the content and make sure it lives on for everyone who still finds it useful. Please be patient as I polish up the remaining bits.
First, I need to go update the links in all my blog posts on other sites and my answers on Stack Exchange; see you in a few weeks…