If you’re reading this post, it means I successfully migrated my blog from one host to another. While I consider myself savvy in the world of SQL Server, web sites are not my thing. But it needed to be done so I embarked on the migration this week. Mind you, I did consider finding someone that I could pay to do it, but in the end, pride kicked in and I wanted to do it myself. As is quite typical of me, I waited until the last minute. But it’s done and I’m up and running thanks to Laughing Squid (and thanks to Kendra Little for the recommendation).
So why does this matter to you? The move itself is unimportant, but it gives me an opportunity to thank my previous hosting provider…Brent Ozar.
Most people don’t know that Brent hosted many blogs, completely free of charge. It wasn’t something Brent openly advertised, but if someone mentioned they were starting up a blog, he always offered to host it. Initially my blog was hosted by a friend of mind (and it used Joomla, which I encourage everyone to avoid…just use WordPress) but when I migrated to WordPress I had Brent start hosting my site.
Did I mention that Brent didn’t charge anyone for hosting? Right. I should also mention that he often applied new releases for WordPress when they came out, made sure the blogs had the mobile site option, and would send us emails if there was a security update that needed to be applied…he took care of us. And so for that, as well as for numerous other things that Brent has done for me personally over the past few years, I just want to say thank you. Thank you, Brent, for that crazy idea called SQLCruise, for hosting your free-cons, for hosting my blog, and for supporting me and so many others in the community. I will always be grateful for all you have done for me.
And in case you’ve been wondering whether I would continue to keep this blog after joining SQLskills…the answer is definitely yes. I love this blog, and while I have only posted a few times since the summer, I resolve to do better in the coming months. Thanks for reading, and for those of you that have a blog, make sure you take backups :) I had to say it – it’s something else I learned from Brent! (Check out VaultPress if you’re using WordPress.)