Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Great Leadership’s One Year Birthday!

Great Leadership is one year old today! Woo hoo.

One year ago today, on October 28, 2007, I launched Great Leadership with this lame post. No readers, no comments, and no clue about what I was doing.

People have all sorts of cool reasons why they got into blogging, some of them really inspirational. I really admire that.

My inspiration was Jerry Alonzy and Jerrold Foutz, a couple old guys who struck it rich with ads by Google.

I soon realized I wasn’t going to get rich and retire from blogging, but by then, it was too late. I was hopelessly addicted.

One of the greatest benefits of blogging for me has been a renewed passion for what I do – leadership development. It has enabled me to stay fresh and aware of happenings in the field, and has given me a creative and fun outlet to share what I’ve learned.

I’ve also enjoyed the social networking and web marketing (they go hand in hand). The people I’ve “met” on line have been awesome, way too many to mention. I’ll always remember and appreciate those who early on answered my beginner questions, gave me advice, and were always willing to lend a hand.

I’ve also enjoyed the challenge of starting and growing a “business”. I’m not ashamed to admit I watch the numbers – hits, subscribers, ad revenue, ratings – as well as take pride in the awards and publicity. I may have been an entrepreneur or a carnival barker in a past life.

So thanks to all you who subscribe to Great Leadership, stop by now and then, or just stumble upon it by accident. I’m grateful for your interest and support.


Jim Stroup said...

Congratulations, Dan - I hope we see many more.

Keep up the great work!

Art Petty said...

Dan, congratulations on your one year birthday! It has been a pleasure watching your site grow and develop into a must-subscribe location for professionals interested in leadership development! Keep up the great work and I look forward to the next year of compelling ideas and great guidance.



Michael D. Haberman, SPHR said...

Congratulations! I missed my birthdays, then just last week I realized I have been doing mine for over two years. Don't think I will get rich from mine either. LOL But it is fun.

Keep up the great work!

Mitch said...

Congrats on reaching the first year. How many posts is that?

marty mcfly said...

Wow, I can't believe it's been a year. Congrats!

PS. 5:33 am? Jeez, you were up early today.

CherryPie said...

Congratulations :-) Our Birthdays are very close. Seems we both have changed directions on why we blog ;-)

Dan McCarthy said...

Jim, Art, Michael -
That's 267 posts and 32,507 visitors. Not that I'm counting.
"Marty" -
Yeah, someday you'll have a real job too. Nice to see you're checking in.
Cherrypie -
Thanks, bloghound.

Wonderwebby said...

Happy Blog Birthday!

Prem Rao said...


That's great. Hearty congratulations.



Dan McCarthy said...

wonderwebby and Prem -
thanks for stopping by, and for your support!

Rachel - I Hate HR said...

Well congratulations. Our blog birthdays are so close. We were probably in the nursery at the hospital together :)

wayne said...

Dan, great job. I know how much work goes into a blog and it's usually fueled by coffee and passion for your topic.

Congratulations on a year. Don't let the weasels get you down.

Wayne Turmel
The Cranky Middle Manager Show

Ann Bares said...


Congrats! Your blog has been a great addition to the talent 'sphere - glad that you've stuck it out!

Dan McCarthy said...

Rachel -
Thanks. Maybe our blogs were seperated at birth?
Wayne -
LOT'S of coffee. Thanks.
Ann -
With thanks to you - one of my first links.

Scott Eblin said...

Hi Dan -

While I'm late to the party, I, too, want to offer my happy birthday wishes. Like you, I'm a relatively new blogger and have learned a lot from reading your great content and watching how you've grown a community.

You, sir, are an inspiration. Thank you!

Cheers -

Scott Eblin

Dan McCarthy said...

Scott -