My first year in blogging prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog and I want to share it with you.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

This is my first year as a blogger and I’m very happy with it. I didn’t post very often (25 posts means that I could put together only 2 posts per month), but it was challenging and entertaining at the same time.

Blogging takes a hell lot of time. Moreover, my blog is written in English, which is a foreign language for me. Blogging on technical topics requires checking the code you post thoroughly. Finding something new to blog about is not always easy and I want to avoid writing about topics that are already covered in thousands of articles and blogs.

Posting on this blog is difficult and time consuming, but I enjoy it a lot. I hope I will be able to keep writing at this pace (or a better one) in 2012.

Just a few words on WordPress: it’s a great blogging platform, hosted in an outstanding manner at If you want to start a blog, choosing the right platform today is a no-brainer. Thanks to all the folks at for the great work.

Posted on January 3, 2012, in Blogging and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Well done, Gianluca!

    I agree… done correctly, blogging is very much like writing technical articles. Doing two of those a month can certainly be a chore. Of course, short “spackle” subjects take less time but only because there’s less code to prove. There’s nothing wrong with short blogs that bring a single point home. And writing about something that’s already been “covered in thousand of articles and blogs” isn’t so bad especially if you can add clarity or simplicity to a subject.

    On the English thing… you do a wonderful job. Much better than I would ever be able to do in Italian. 😉

    Congratulations on the “First Year” and keep up the great work!

    –Jeff Moden

    • Thank you for the kind words, Jeff!

      Maybe it’s an obsession of mine, but I don’t like writing about something that can be found somewhere else. I like the idea of writing something “unique”. There are so many oustanding articles on almost every possible SQL Server topic that I don’t think I can add some value to them, especially when compared to the “superstar” authors.
      I have some good ideas lying around. Let’s see if I can turn them into blog posts…

  2. Always, I found very nice stuff from your posts! Keep doing a great job blogging!

    All the best and more success, next…!

  3. An excellent first year, Gianluca!
    And I expect the second one to be better!! 🙂

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