My Blog Has Moved! (ok, not really)

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.)

Many thanks...

Many thanks…

7 Responses to My Blog Has Moved! (ok, not really)
  1. Brent Ozar
    February 28, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Awwww, shucks! You’re completely welcome. I’m so glad I could help. I’m a huge believer in what blogging can do for careers and community, and I’m so inspired by what a difference everybody’s making in the community. Thank YOU for blogging and giving back!

  2. Steve Jones
    February 28, 2013 | 11:43 am

    Congrats on the move, and I’ll second Brent’s note. Thanks for all you share with us.

  3. Michael J Swart
    February 28, 2013 | 3:21 pm

    Same boat! I’m also a laughing squid client now too. Congrats on getting things up and running. I hit a couple snags myself but got through them.

    • Erin Stellato
      February 28, 2013 | 4:43 pm

      It was an adventure, but always good to know how it works :)

  4. Mike Walsh
    February 28, 2013 | 4:37 pm

    I remember when the curtains opened on this blog ;-) And it has been so awesome to watch you go go go since you started. Your posts are amazing, I’ve learned a ton, and I’m excited to see the places your drive, passion, skill and charm are taking you.

    So cool that you shared this also. Brent is a stand up guy who tirelessly works behind the scenes helping other people succeed. Even people that would be considered “competition” if this were any other industry. He has a heart for our little community and this was a really great post to read.

    Here’s to more success for you and for more new bloggers to be inspired and helped out by people like Brent or those people he helped paying it forward.

  5. Mike Walsh
    February 28, 2013 | 4:37 pm

    I remember when the curtains opened on this blog ;-) And it has been so awesome to watch you go go go since you started. Your posts are amazing, I’ve learned a ton, and I’m excited to see the places your drive, passion, skill and charm are taking you.

    So cool that you shared this also. Brent is a stand up guy who tirelessly works behind the scenes helping other people succeed. Even people that would be considered “competition” if this were any other industry. He has a heart for our little community and this was a really great post to read.

    Here’s to more success for you and for more new bloggers to be inspired and helped out by people like Brent or those people he helped paying it forward.

    • Erin Stellato
      February 28, 2013 | 4:45 pm

      Mike-

      LOVE the analogy :) and thank you for the warm thoughts and well wishes. This has been a great ride, and I’ve met so many amazing people along the way that I’m glad to call friends (and yes that includes you!). I’m a very fortunate soul.

      E

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