Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This is Post Number 1000!

Woo hoo, post # 1000!

1000 posts and 8 years are big numbers, especially in blogging, where the average blog life expectancy is about the same as a flea.
I guess that makes me either persistent or stubborn. In any case, it seems like a good time to pause and reflect:

First post: Welcome to Great Leadership!, published on 10/28/2007. This was actually my second attempt at a blog. My first was called “How to Buy a Used Car”. After my first post, I realized I had nothing else to write about, so I had to pick another topic.

Why I started blogging? To share what I know, to expand my ability to influence the development of leaders, for my own learning and development, and to make a little extra income.
Why I keep blogging? Same reasons. Plus, it’s allowed me to meet all kinds of awesome people (way too many to mention, as I’m afraid I’ll leave someone out), establish a personal brand, launch an eBook, start my own business, and led to all kinds of other cool opportunities.

Total page views: should be about 9 million by the time this is published.
Most popular post: How to Write a Great Individual Development Plan (IDP).

Dumbest mistake: Criticizing a big company after reading something in the news without having all the facts. I was still finding “my voice” and decided to try out controversial. Lesson learned: There are always two sides to every story. Keep my opinions to myself and stick to writing practical “how to” advice about leadership. I’m not a journalist and can’t afford the legal fees that come with ticking people off.

My most personal post: All Dogs Go To Heaven.

What’s next? I’m not sure, but I hope to keep doing this as long as I can. Social media platforms seem to come and go, and I do try to keep up, but I don’t have the time of interest to chase every new fad. Fortunately, I picked a topic that isn’t going away anytime soon, and I still can come up with new things to write about, so I guess it’s onward to the next 1000 posts!

Thanks for reading Great Leadership, I really do appreciate it!

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