On Percona Community Blog

I liked Percona Community Blog from the beginning. First of all, the idea is great. There is no other community blog for the MySQL ecosystem.

Well, Oracle has its own planet.mysql.com – and I have to say, they are correct: as far as I know, they never censored posts about MariaDB and Percona Server, nor opinions that they don’t like. I wrote heavy criticism about Oracle, sometimes using strong terms (“another dirty trick”), but they never censored me. I like to be fair regardless who/what I’m talking about, so this is a good time to spend some good words about them. Not the first time, anyway. That said, their blogroll only advertises a very small number of blogs. Very good ones of course (except for mine?), but this has the inevitable side effect of obfuscating the rest of the world. If John Doe writes an enlightening post about MySQL, I’ll never read it, because everything I need to know appears on Planet MySQL.

Percona Community Blog may have the same side effect… or maybe not, or the effect could be weaker at least. I saw outstanding contents by my well-known friend JF, yes. But I also saw articles by people that I don’t know, and I never saw on Planet MySQL. So I believe PCB is proving itself quite inclusive.

I started to publish some contents there. First, I used it to promote my talk at Percona Live Europe in Frankfurt, MariaDB System-Versioned Tables. Then I published an article on the same topic, Some notes on MariaDB system-versioned tables. Even if recently I’m not writing as much as I used to do some years ago, I believe that you will see more posts from me in the near future. PCB is a great place to publish stuff.

One could object that PBC contains the name of a private company and is hosted on its own website, so it is not genuinely a community project. Which is absolutely true. But if you want to see something better in the MySQL ecosystem, you will have to create it, because currently it doesn’t exist.

So, is this blog going to die? Absolutely not. This is my personal space. Any third-party website, no matter how good, can disappear or delete our contents, and there is nothing you can do about it. A personal space is there till you want it to be there. I don’t know how I will decide what will go here and what will go on PCB, I’ll have to think more about it.

Furthermore, being in several places is a form of redundancy, if we decide that our presence on the web is important for us. That is why I always keep my profiles on LinkedIn and Facebook a bit active, and some days ago I even created a YouTube playlist with my webinar recordings – only three, two of which in Italian, but still.

Well, enough babbling. Just a final word: if you have something interesting to say about open source databases, you should definitely propose it to PBC. Making it even more interesting is up to us!


2 thoughts on “On Percona Community Blog

  1. Hello Federico,

    Nice post! I like Percona’s Community Blog too, but it’s worth noting that Planet MySQL has a “Submit your feed” link quite visible on their page so anyone can add their own blog to it.

    What I’m trying to say is that if you don’t see some “unknown name” in Planet MySQL that’s because they didn’t submit their blog there. There’s no gatekeeping going on.

    That said, I think the main advantages of Percona’s Community Blog is that it seems to be proactively curated vs the passive “Submit your feed” from Planet MySQL. I am confident someone (and perhaps even several people) at Percona works to engage people so that they contribute to the blog, and that it provides an outlet for people who want to contribute something back to the community but perhaps don’t want the burden of maintaining a full-blown blog or site.

    • Yes, I also think that open initiatives (blogs) work better than passive initiatives (blogrolls). And yes, I also think that Percona works to engage people – which is good.

      That said, why don’t people submit their blogs to Planet MySQL? Maybe they feel that they’re not good enough. Maybe they don’t blog much about MySQL. Maybe they don’t know about MySQL planet. Maybe Oracle didn’t “advertise” that their blogroll is open, and Percona did. I don-t know – but whichever the reason, I don’t think that Plant MySQL is as inclusive as it could be.

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