Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Record Number of Posts

This is Blog Post #253 for year 2008.

Well, it has been quite a year for the old SmallBizThoughts blog. Here are some comparison stats in case you're bored out of your mind:

- I started this blog in 2006. That partial-year I managed to eke out 38 posts.

- In 2007 I wrote 132 posts, including the "Managed Services In A Month" series that still get their share of attention.
- - That means 2007 saw a 247% increase in posts.

- For 2008, I have 253 posts, about a 90% increase over 2007.

If this continues, I'll have 475 posts in 2009.

Which is about 1/3 of Susan Bradley's postings for this year.

But don't worry: I don't think I could write any more than the 250 posts in a year. That's more than one per work day!

My posts tend to be longer than most blogs, so it's surprising that anyone ever reads it. But, aparently you do.

I appreciate all the support I've received over the years.

Some people write to me as if they're going to hang on every word and do in their business whatever I do in mine. I hope you all know what a mistake that would be.

a) Unless you live in my town, have my clients, sell my services, use my employees, and have all of my processes and procedures copied exactly, then whatever I do won't work for you. You have to take the ideas that make sense to you and make them fit into your own successful business.

b) As you've seen in some recent posts (as well as past posts and future posts), I change my mind when circumstances call for it. So, if you're slavishly doing whatever I write about in my blog, you could be in trouble.

If you've learned anything from this blog, or the SMB Conference Call, it should be:

There are an unlimited number of ways to be successful.

You need to figure out what works for you, what you can get excited about, and what you enjoy.

Anyway, I've enjoyed the year, overall.

On one hand, the year just flew past. On the other hand, it's been a long road with much accomplished.

I'm ready for a new, beautiful 2009 with more challenges and opportunities!

. . .

Happy New Year.



  1. Karl,

    Thank you for all your hard work in 2008! You've certainly been the top giver around and I hope you appreciate my traffic!

    I've been meaning to write a blog and do a podcast but you beat me to it. I must admit I like them, though, there is way too much advertising in them both.

    I like the books, I heard they are fantastic but I haven't bought any because times are tight and I can't afford to read. Also they seem to be written in an amateur way and I am not paying more than $15 for a paperback.

    But thank you for all your hard work in 2008! Please do it for my thankless ass again (I hope you don't mind if I call you and insult you on the phone too?)

    Dear Karl, I wanted your first kick in the balls to come in early :)


  2. Thanks for the New Years "cup check."

    I guess that's what friends are for.


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