Thursday, 30 December 2010


I published a post yesterday where I listed my top 5 bloggers from the worldwide SQL community for 2010. The long and short of it, these were the people whose blog’s I had read the most throughout the year. There are many other great blogs and bloggers out there that I read regularly. When that post published and fed out to twitter it prompted a few people, whose blogs I do follow and value, to give me a bit of stick . Pretending to be  all hurt and upset. I won’t name any names (John Sansom Blog|@johnsansom) but it did get me thinking.

There are many great bloggers based here in the UK several of which were recently nominated in the annual blog awards for 2010 (a couple of us won in our categories too).  I realised that although I read many of these UK based blogs and several were considered for the top 5 bloggers 2010 post, none of them made my list! So having thought about it I decided to make my own UK specific list. I was going to go for the top 5 approach, but after a little more thought I decided to compose a list of all the UK based SQL blogs that I follow. This is my list to date (no particular order):

Updated 2 Jan 2011

Undoubtedly I will have missed someone off that I should have included, and for that I am truly sorry. That little oversight on my part is easily rectified. Simply leave a comment on this post with the bloggers name, blog URL and twitter account (if one exists). I will then update this list and add you to my feed reader.

Go on then, who have I missed?


  1. Thanks Mark, Sorry I missed you out first time I will update the page and my reader accordingly.

  2. Dave Ballantyne

    Jamie Thomson

    James Rowland-Jones

    Richard Douglas

    Ashley Burton

    (myself) Richard Doering

  3. Thanks Richard, Sorry I missed you off. I knew I had missed out Dave Ballantyne and Jamie Thomson. I was going to sneak them in later, but thanks for giving me the URLS. I will update the post accordingly.

  4. Cheers, for add, have added you (my own rss and web links need updating too).

    I know 'webrings' for communities on the net died circa the year 2000, but there should still be a UK based site where we can have profiles, link exchange etc and share our contact info and experiences. LinkedIn is bland and always gets polluted by recruiters. People cross post too much personal stuff to twitter too making this of limited use.
    Anyone else agree? or are we already too networked up?

  5. R5D4 I agree its useful, A while ago I setup a twitter list for this purpose.!/blakmk/sqlserver-uk

    It just needs a decent tool to display. DABR is not bad.
    Btw, if ive missed anyone feel free to ping me at

  6. Another great list Gethyn although I'm struggling to read it through the tears still steaming from my eyes ;-)

    It's actually quite incredible how many fantastic SQL Server bloggers there are out there. My Google reader alone follows circa 200 of them.

  7. John you are right. There are many great blogger out there. My reader is around 200 too, I was just wondering how many are UK based, and we seem to have a decent number.

    If I have missed anyone please do let me know.

  8. Can I add my humble attempt :-

    And I also recomend Andrew Calvett's blog which is excellent on Analysis Services operational issues :-

  9. Steve, Thanks for the links and I'm sorry I missed you the first time. The post has been updated.

  10. Hi Gethyn,

    In reply to the comment you left on my blog, you're right, I am based in the UK so feel free to add me to your list!


  11. Chris, Thanks for the comment. Your blog has been added to the list.


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