Somewhat to my surprise, I noticed this week, that this post will be the hundredth since I started writing the blog. At the beginning it was rather intermittent but at the Vistage conference in 2009, I, with others in our breakout group (that’s conference speak), made a commitment to something for which we would be held accountable.
Having started the blog it seemed to me that it would be a good idea to write it on a regular basis and consequently, it has appeared every week since then. Sunday is my usual day with occasional Mondays when we have a Bank Holiday weekend.
So what about the statistics? Total page views since I started amount to 4,763 at an average per month of about 240 visits, However, I was pleased to see that in the past month the total page views were 553 so it does seem that the blog is gaining some momentum.
Readership is about 76% in the UK, 15% in the USA, 6% Germany and the balance from Australia, France, Russia, Canada, Israel, Slovenia and Iran. How’s that for a miracle of global communication?
So what can I learn from all this? Firstly, I am determined to continue to write the blog and on a weekly basis. It has become my first job on a Sunday and I was recently taken to task by a reader for being late one week after a computer problem. I’ll see that it doesn’t happen again, I promise.
Secondly, it is the power of commitment and determination. Rather to my surprise, I have been doing it for so long now that it has become second nature and I try not to let anything get in the way.
Thirdly, somewhat self-indulgently, I enjoy reading the comments that several of my readers take the time to write – thank you!
So, on this Father’s Day, it’s a double celebration for me to have hit the hundred blogs. Note, this was never an objective but for me it has been an achievement and that is very motivating.
I now intend to get my head down a la Boycott (a cricketing allusion for my overseas readers) and set out for the next hundred. We have a wonderful Chairman in Vistage USA, Pat Hyndman, who is well over ninety and still running a group. He says that he intends to continue until they carry him out on his own flip chart.
Not a bad way of looking at life. Retirement at 66? Forget it , get your head down, take guard again and bat on. Now I have an objective – the next hundred!
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