What is the story behind SFDC99??
4-5 years back, why did you choose this name??
Everybody wants to know it!
First of all, thank you for taking interest in my website origins!
I had a fun time naming “SFDC99”. It was one of the first names that came to mind, because around the time I started this site, the We are the 99% movement was everywhere in the news. I didn’t agree with everything about the movement, but I thought it had a killer name.
I thought “SFDC99” rolled off the tongue well, and I also liked it because I wanted to write for the 99% of people who didn’t already know how to code. Another benefit – the domain wasn’t taken!
My wife (girlfriend at the time) didn’t like the name. I trusted my gut and didn’t listen to her. LOL
Fun fact: the site you see today is actually the second iteration of SFDC99.
When I launched the first version of SFDC99, it took me A LOT of time. I spent time thinking about how to scale the site, how to analyze metrics, how to format the site, etc etc. Basically I spent most of my time thinking about everything other than the content.
SFDC99 at that point was so bad that I deleted it and restarted.
The second time around, I focused purely on content and gradually added in the rest – the formatting, the themes, the analytics, etc. I found this was more effective, and, I had more fun doing it. No one was reading this site at the time anyway so I had nothing to lose, ha ha ha.
I learned an important lesson, and I hope others can learn from this. Content is everything! You can spend all your time worrying about everything else, and at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter yet. Focus on what’s important now, and the rest will come when needed.
I’ll save Salesforce blogging tips for another post! Hope this answers your question!
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This is so amazing to know how it all started And All stuff are just amazing to know about,
Thanks keep sharing :)
I was thinking a Quote all the time According to the SFDC99 : Learn 99% SFDC
Ha ha ha 99% of SFDC is A LOT!!!!
When they ask me about your T-Shirt … SF99 … I am replying … For the 99% its Salesforce … for me its magic.
LOL!! If I ever make a shirt with that quote I’ll send one to you!
Occasionally I say.. I don’t care what you call me (Chris, Christopher, Salesforce guy, etc.) as long as you call me! It seems like you have the same positive attitude about the name of your website… in many ways, it doesn’t really matter what your website is called, especially with the great content you are providing for the SFDC community!!
Thank you Chris!
And here I always thought the reason for the name was because Salesforce was started in 1999.
LOL! In 1999 I was playing video games 8 hours a day
Thi is so amazing to know how it all started and this is #ohanalove which makes you connected with us. Thanks for all what you do !
That’s awesome stuff, its easy to focus on metrics and format at first instead of content, which was where I struggled when I started working in technology, especially coming from a more visual thinker method. You’re structured approached has helped us a lot in how we communicate about Salesforce with users.
Just wondering, at what stage in your Salesforce career were you when you first launched SFDC99?
At that point I had 2-3 certs and knew how to write Apex and Visualforce, but not too in depth. The first time I started I probably couldn’t have passed PDII. I had been in the Salesforce industry ~3 years then!