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    200 posts, 7 Lessons Learned, and Many More Topics to Discuss with You

    That’s right, folks. You’re reading my 200th blog post. And they said it wouldn’t last…

    So what have I learned over the first 200 posts? Let me count the lessons:

    1)   Be careful what you wish for – Writing these posts is harder than I thought it would be.

    2)   An expert blogger told me early on in the process that the secret to a successful blog is “E-I-E-I-O” – Entertaining, Informative, Enlightening, Inspiring, and Outrageous. He was right. Accomplishing that, however, is easier said than done.

    3)   Short and punchy beats long-winded every time – I know you know that. I’m still trying to overcome my love for impassioned soliloquies (especially my own)…

    4)   Keep it personal – Readers post few, if any, comments on the big issues, but ask for their favorite movie quote or the words they live by and folks come out of the woodwork to share their personal stories. I just love that…

    5)   It’s not official – Readers perceive the blog as an informal communication, not an official one. That’s why the Alliance will always issue more formal Bulletins on actions taken by the Board or critical regulatory issues, even if those same topics are discussed in this blog.

    6)   You like it; you really, really like it! – Our measurement tracking shows that a lot of folks are taking the time to open (and presumably read) the blog, and I get great feedback from members wherever I go. I especially like it when they tell me that they don’t always agree with my views, but they still read the posts. How’s that old cliché go? If two people agree on everything, then one of them is unnecessary. My favorite comment came from a technology-challenged individual who told me he “loved my blob.”

    7)   Always something to say and always room to improve – Sure, sometimes writing these posts is a chore, but it’s certainly not because there’s nothing to discuss. And, believe me, I listen to your suggestions for ways to make the blog better. So don’t hesitate to let me know what you think. You can start by posting a comment right here…

    7 Responses

    1. Congrats Joe – I enjoy the blogs!

    2. I enjoy your blogs, soliloquies and all! I would say I’ve read them all as they popped into my inbox.
      Martin

    3. I can’t say I’ve read them all but I’ve read the majority. I really appreciate the communication and information. I have one recommendation however, a print button that would print only the blog post.

      Keep up the good work Joe!

      • Hi Chris, I’ll have to look into adding a plug-in to WordPress for a print option/button. But I’ll try to add that to the blog ASAP.

    4. I just started receiving your e-blog a couple months back and I am pleased that I signed up to recieve them. I must say that I enjoy your writing style and sense of humor! You really do provide good information in these blogs. Whenever they pop up in my inbox, I click on them to see what you have to say. Keep them coming!

    5. You do a great job, Joe and I enjoy your writing style.

    6. Joe, congratulations on “200” and may you keep on posting! Always find your writing to be cutting edge and thought provoking. Keeps the rest of us on our toes.

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