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.

And many of these guys and gals will be at Open World and probably Pythian’s Blogger Party. If you’re not blogging yet, you still have time to start to get your invite 🙂

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.

So in no particular order:

I know I didn’t get everyone, sorry. Feel free to drop a link in the comments!

Some Parting Advice for Bloggers

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. Try our WordPress. You can do ANYTHING with it.

Add a popular posts widget to your sidebar.

Make it easy for folks to find your best stuff! Maybe not in Italics though? Sorry Kent :)
Make it easy for folks to find your best stuff! Maybe not in Italics though? Sorry Kent 🙂

Make sure a link to your blog is on your Twitter profile and LinkedIn pages.

Do you even blog?
Do you even blog?

Use bigger fonts. Don’t make it hard to read your stuff.

Keep writing!


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    Girish Sharma Reply

    May I know, why you omitted those bloggers who works for Oracle please?

    • thatjeffsmith

      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.

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      Girish Sharma

      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.

    • thatjeffsmith

      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 🙂

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    Rajeshwaran, Jeyabal Reply

    Jeff, you missed out this man, Tomkyte, his blog and has most valuable information.

    • thatjeffsmith

      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 🙂

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    Rajeshwaran, Jeyabal Reply

    Jeff – you missed out this man, TomKyte and his blog and has more valuable information.

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