If you look to the right of your screen you’ll see what you’ve done for the past 500 or so days… found it?
That’s it… you’ve read this blog over 10,000 times! You probably didn’t realise but in doing so you’ve done something quite special for me. This 80th blog post explains…
I write my blogs “in the moment”. Sure there’s sometimes a bit of rework and sometimes I delete a draft. However, I write when I feel the energy for a subject. There’s not a stack of drafts cooking slowly in the background or a schedule of pre-written blogs. What you read is me, now, right or wrong.
So when you read my post you are listening to me right here right now. I really appreciate you taking that time to listen to my thoughts, ramblings & opinions. It’s something special to me. Thank you.
I write my blogs to stimulate discussion and debate around the subjects posted. What we do thereafter is up to us. So when you share your perspectives and comment, you make the blog successful. Particularly so when we have the good debate!
What I didn’t expect a year or so ago is that our dialogue on these posts would move away from the “comments box” and onto Twitter and the real world. I think it’s wonderful and something special! Thank you.
I still feel I have a lot to learn about blogging. I don’t mean about how to manage a blog although I think that’s constantly evolving. I feel I have a lot to still learn about myself blogging – in particular my writing, my thinking, my areas of interest, even my motivation. I believe blogging is supposed to be that way. There’s meant to be a slight and constant tension.
Publicly and behind the scenes, lots of you have shared with me your feedback on how I blog. The support it provides is amazing. That feedback is such a gift. It’s something special to me. Thank you.
Many of my blogs have started from a conversation elsewhere. Whether you know it or not, you have quite probably contributed in some way to a blog post here!
However, the blog was always meant to be a vehicle for others to contribute so I’m delighted when someone posts a guest blog here. It provides such different perspectives and even better writing!
I’ve had some very special contributions from Guest Bloggers so here’s your own very special Blog Roll. Thank you!
“Working With People” by an anonymous HR professional
“Ironic or is it?” by Jon Bartlett (@Projectlibero)
“The Coaching Journey” by Karen Locking (@karenlocking)
“How Coaching Has Helped Me: A Coach’s Perspective” by Vera Woodhead (@verawoodhead)
“Mapping the Mind” by Bev Holden (@stickythinker)
The blog and it’s readership has grown & developed beautifully. So to a large extent I’d be very happy if the future brought more of the same. However, there are a few areas of development that you can expect…
Personally, I think my earlier posts didn’t hold enough challenge. So over time I’ve been more deliberate about creating greater tension & challenge – expect more of this! A big thanks goes to Natasha Stallard (@StirTheSource) for helping me express this (#mindtheedge).
I’ve not been particularly deliberate about blog subjects, always writing where I found the energy. So the tags to the right of your screen quite pleasingly reflect much of what I do and want to write about. Ironically, the most frequent topics include Coaching, Leadership, Learning and even Social Media but not Change… We all have blind spots sometimes but expect a few more blogs on Change in the future!
The Guest Blogs have been rewarding in different ways but always bring in perspective or experiences that I don’t have. I love it and want to encourage more people to guest blog here – regardless of experience. If this interests you, no matter how unsure you are, then just reach out to me publicly or privately.
Thanks for reading & helping make this blog successful. I hope you continue to enjoy it!
Nice one! Milestones matter, and this is a biggie. I remember my 10k gold medal very well, and I look forward to reading more of yours in the future.Cheers – Doug
A thank you is due to you from your readers – speaking on behalf of certainly a number of us, I would like to say that your blog posts are always thought provoking; usually topical (because they are of the moment); fresh (probably because they are not pre-meditated); and beautifully crafted. Your observations, as ever, are apt and the value of what we write is enhanced by the comments and interactions developed across mediums and borders.
Thanks Doug – I like the idea of a 10k gold medal!!
Kate – what lovely feedback. Thank you so much – you've made my day!