Updated 14 May 2022: Some of the people I mentioned in 2015 are still blogging, but no longer about Oracle topics. They’re still awesome, just not in the tech space you are expecting from me. Others have stopped blogging but are still awesome people and available on Twitter and other communities.
There’s tons of great info out there. Sometimes you just need help finding it.
Here are some bloggers you should subscribe to. Not everyone can publish daily or even weekly, but these folks, when they DO publish, put out good, solid stuff.
The only criteria I have for this list is that: 1) you don’t work for Oracle, 2) you blog about ‘Oracle stuff’, 3) I have personally read your blog.
In no particular order –
I don’t play favorites, if they made this list, they’re worth a few seconds of your time to see if they scratch your knowledge itch!
- Fernando Simon – trivia: helped build the Oracle user community in Luxembourg. Suggested post: 21c, Zero-Downtime Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patching – Silent Mode
- Jasmin Fluri – trivia: great follow for DevOps + Oracle. Suggested post: Five DevOps AntiPattern and How to Avoid Them
- Oren Nakdimon – trivia: helped put the Israeli Oracle User Group on the map . Suggested post: FORALL – INDICES OF vs. Lower and Upper Bounds
- Liron Amitzi – trivia: he’s been like everywhere but calls Vancouver home now. Suggested post: Database for Developers: Connection Pools
- Neil Chandler – trivia: put the OK in UKOUG and loves to bust my chops. Suggested post: Turning rows into columns
- Kamil Stawiarski – trivia: is in love with his axe and puts on the best conference in the world, in Poland. Suggested post: GOLANG AS ORACLE EXTERNAL PROCEDURE
- Heli Helskyaho – trivia: she’s from Finland. Suggested post: How to Define a Primary Key using Data Modeler
- Erik van Roon – trivia: your SQLcl expert. Suggested post: Being in command (Custom commands in SQLcl)
- Rob Lockard – trivia: flies his own restored plane to work, which happens to be where I did a college internship. Suggested post: #Oracle #Audit #Vault #Sensitive #Data
- Martin Widlake – trivia: a giant in the Oracle developers named Martin community. Suggested post: Are good people in IT just lucky starters?
- Cary Milsap – trivia: good at performance AND life stuff. Suggested Post: Words I don’t use: WAIT.
- Martin Berx – trivia: used to work for Oracle Support, he’s a survivor! Suggested post: SQL Trace, Stitching together workloads from multiple trace files
- Jorge Rimblas – trivia: definitely knows how to pronounce APEX. Suggested post: Am I running from inside a DBMS_SCHEDULER Job?
- Richard Foote – trivia: looks nothing like David Bowie. Suggested post: Automatically rebuilding unusable indexes (Autonomous Oracle Database)
- Tanel Poder – trivia: someone you may not know but absolutely should. Suggested post: Don’t use a > in your command prompt
- Kim Berg Hansen – trivia: Danish, wrote an amazing book – Practical Oracle SQL. Suggested Post: Golf and SQL, a fun example
- Jonathan Lewis – trivia: the hardest working retired professional, and loves a good tuning puzzle. Suggested Post: Adaptive Joins
Some Parting Advice for Bloggers
Where to blog? Blogger sites are OK, and Google does a good job of servicing them, mostly. But Google has basically killed the platform. No new updates, and not much flexibility in look and feel. WordPress is super popular, but awfully complicated, especially for people wanting to get started.
Check out Medium, LinkedIn, or Hashnode.Dev – it’s super easy to use, completely free.
Add a popular posts widget to your sidebar. You want to keep people on your site after they read that first post they found via Google. Give them some suggestions!
However. DO NOT GO CRAZY with plugins or widgets.
1 – they will slow down your site, or cost you on hosting CPU dollars.
2 – they add distractions to your site.
Make sure a link to your blog is on your Twitter profile and LinkedIn pages.
Use bigger fonts. Don’t make it hard to read your stuff.
Don’t make me squint or bump up my browser Zoom level to make our what you’re saying. Also, break up your words with pictures! Most people don’t actually read your posts, they PAN and SCAN for the good bits!
Write for yourself, write often.
If you write for yourself, you’ll never perceive your time spent as wasted. Also if you like your content, there’s a good chance your audience will too!
Finally, you need to write FREQUENTLY. Like, every week if you can. Practice makes perfect. You need to make it a habit. You’ll also train your readers to come back. And maybe the ultimate bonus: you’re creating your personal brand! Want a new job? Your blog will get you job offers!
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It is a very helpful post for everyone, Thank you for giving tips for beginners. Keep giving update so that it will be useful for everyone.
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Great list – I’ve heard of a couple of them but the rest are new to me.
I’d like to add my site to your list – http://www.completeitprofessional.com
May I know, why you omitted those bloggers who works for Oracle please?
Sure. I wanted to keep a manageable list so I could write the post in under 2 hours. If I included Oracle folks it would have taken me all day, the list would have been too long to have been useful to anyone, and I wouldn’t have an excuse to write a second post next week.
Thanks for reply. I agreed, but in my opinion not every Oracle person put out good, solid stuff i.e. I just want to suggest to have something like :
select * from source where stuff=’good’ rather than like this one:
select * from source where stuff=’good’ and employer ‘Oracle’ 🙂
Oracle persons too put out good and solid stuff as others. But yes, for me, above list is good enough for at least one year. Thank you so much.
even JUST calling out the good Oracle bloggers would take a lot of time. we have 130,000+ employees, and a lot of them blog
i wanted to call out some folks that people might not normally know about
Example, Tim Hall of Oracle-Base. Is he an Oracle blogger? Yes. Is he a good Oracle blogger? Hell, yes. Does everyone ALREADY know about him? Yes – cause he’s usually in the first 3 hits of a Google search.
So me not listing Tim isn’t a knock on Tim. And me not listing Oracle employees isn’t a knock on them either.
The problem with ‘lists’ is that you always leave someone off, and it upsets them.
At least I didn’t rank them like @sqlrockstar does 🙂
I hold a lecture on DOAG 2015 in November about the advantages of blogging. Many thanks to Jeff for this information. Oracle guys help me please and take part in the survey – What’s your favorite Oracle-Blog? – https://www.besserdich.com/en/news-en/whats-your-favorite-oracle-blog/
Jeff, you missed out this man, Tomkyte, his blog asktom.oracle.com and tkyte.blogspot.com has most valuable information.
Well, two things. I said I was looking to highlight folks that don’t work for Oracle. And, everyone should already know about Tom – or at least I hope they do!
If not, folks will see your comment and endorsement now 🙂
Jeff – you missed out this man, TomKyte and his blog asktom.oracle.com and tkyte.blogspot.com has more valuable information.
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Excellent collection, Jeff, and good tips as always.
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