B2Blogging for five years!

As I was reminded earlier this week, today starts my fifth year blogging. That’s a long time! So I thought a little ‘state of the blog’ ramble was in order to mark the occasion.

I’ve been frustrated by a slower pace of posts I’ve been making the last few months. Most of the change of pace I attribute to my deepening involvement in projects and tasks that absorb my attention. I’ve found ‘flow’, which is nice, but it comes with a cost.

Flow was one of the elements I found hardest to achieve as I transitioned away from my sales responsibilities. Time was that multi-tasking was one of my greatest skills, hopping from the phone, to the computer, to harassing engineering. And blogging fit right in. Now I have to work harder at it.

One of my original goals was to discuss the impact of the internet on B2B marketing. This impact has come to maturity in many ways, limiting the number of strategic ‘what ifs’ that need to be discussed. Google rules, Thomas has ditched their green books, etc. But there are a ton of tactical applications that we could still discuss.

I love focusing on tactics, and that’s why I continue to discuss directories, salespeople, websites, and trade shows. We, as marketers, need to keep vigilant with these resources, ensuring they are what we want, and are doing what we expect.

Bloglines puts my subscriber number at 188, which I double in my head to guess at the total number of subscribers. This blog has hit a critical mass, I think, where almost every post garners at least one comment from a reader, something that was much, much rarer even a year ago. Unfortunately, Blogger and RSS don’t work to show comments to those using an RSS reader/service. I encourage you, if you like a post I wrote, to click-thru to read or post comments.

B2Blog is a vital part of my life, even when I’m not posting. While I write ‘for myself’, I’m encouraged and humbled by your readership. I’m thrilled when you email me, or post comments.

Thanks to you, all my readers.

16 Replies to “B2Blogging for five years!”

  1. Congrats on 5 years!! I haven’t been blogging nearly as long as you but know that it’s a really fun part of my job…so I understand how frustrating it is to not take care of it as you’d like. Anyway, Happy Blogiversary!

  2. Congrats on 5 years!! I haven’t been blogging nearly as long as you but know that it’s a really fun part of my job…so I understand how frustrating it is to not take care of it as you’d like. Anyway, Happy Blogiversary!

  3. Dave, Congratulations on five years writing. You are the man! When I grow up, I want to be just like you!

  4. Dave, Congratulations on five years writing. You are the man! When I grow up, I want to be just like you!

  5. Congrats! 5 years can go by in such a hurry…Near as I can tell May 24th 2002 was my first blog post..so I’m coming along right behind you.Boyink

  6. Congrats! 5 years can go by in such a hurry…Near as I can tell May 24th 2002 was my first blog post..so I’m coming along right behind you.Boyink

  7. I must say that I am truly impressed by the discipline and drive that has enabled you to achieve this milestone. Not too long ago, I puffed about my having published 250 posts over some two years and change. Well, if one can measure the small things by the great ones, then the comparison is especially humbling.B2Blog has evolved in subtle ways over the years, not only in content, but in confidence. You have a critical eye that separates the smart from the silly, the enduring from the merely engaging. You enjoy the tactical, but underestimate your own grasp of the strategic and the need to now place the one in the context of the other. It is clear to me that you are ready, in your blogging and in your career, to move to the next level. You will achieve to the degree that you believe in yourself. I look forward to the growth of B2Blog, both in scope and in stature. I will be watching, even as my career and Big Picture, Small Office are overtaken by the end of days. Regards,BPG

  8. I must say that I am truly impressed by the discipline and drive that has enabled you to achieve this milestone. Not too long ago, I puffed about my having published 250 posts over some two years and change. Well, if one can measure the small things by the great ones, then the comparison is especially humbling.B2Blog has evolved in subtle ways over the years, not only in content, but in confidence. You have a critical eye that separates the smart from the silly, the enduring from the merely engaging. You enjoy the tactical, but underestimate your own grasp of the strategic and the need to now place the one in the context of the other. It is clear to me that you are ready, in your blogging and in your career, to move to the next level. You will achieve to the degree that you believe in yourself. I look forward to the growth of B2Blog, both in scope and in stature. I will be watching, even as my career and Big Picture, Small Office are overtaken by the end of days. Regards,BPG

  9. Thank you all for the kind words. What a great group to get them from too.Hey BPG, I’ve learned from your example…the next level is something to move toward…not by moving away from something. Thanks.

  10. Thank you all for the kind words. What a great group to get them from too.Hey BPG, I’ve learned from your example…the next level is something to move toward…not by moving away from something. Thanks.

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