This is Post Number 1000!

Woo hoo, post #

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!