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Monday, May 20, 2019

10 Years Blogging! Happy Anniversary A Lean Journey Blog

I can't even believe it, but May 19th marked ten years I've been blogging. TEN YEARS! That is crazy. I had no idea then what I was getting into or that I'd still be doing this 10 years later.  Frankly, I wasn't sure anyone would read what I wrote never mind find value in it. It truly has been a wonderful experience and full of opportunities.

So, the biggest lesson I’ve learned about blogging in 10 years is that blogging is about connections. The thing is, it didn’t really take me 10 years to grasp this. In fact, I blogged about that from the beginning. This labor of love has been a tremendous learning process both from the great fans and other colleagues online that I exchange with and from the process of distilling my own learning with you. I've been fortunate to meet so many great people from experts to layman (like myself) along the way who've taught me so much.

If you’re not blogging to connect with people, you’re not doing it right.

After 10 years I'd like to think this simple blog has been a success. It has been a valued contribution in the Lean Community with over a million visitors.  Many articles are frequently shared and many key word searches lead to A Lean Journey Blog. Less then 10% of the blogs I read 10 years ago (which got me started) are still publishing articles. The number of returning visitors has increased every year for the last 5 years. I get great feedback from many of you which motivates me to continue.

Some may be asking how do you define success for a blog?  I think like most publications it is basically about audience.  Are you growing followers? Are people reading your posts? So like in previous years we can look at the number visitors, Facebook fan, tweeps on Twitter, and LinkedIn members as an indication of growth.

I love statistics, so with this milestone, here are some numbers from the blog:

Total Posts: 1773

Most read post:  The Six-Step Problem-Solving Process with over 29,750 views

followed by DOWNTIME and the Eight Wastes with over 28,100 views

and by What Do We Mean By True Northwith over 20,700 views

Number of countries/territories who have visited this blog:  226

Top 5 Countries with the most views:
U.S.A. – 48%
United Kingdom – 7%
Canada – 5%
India – 5%
Australia – 3%

Total views:  Over 1,478,361 and climbing

Unique visits: Over 1,172,050

Total comments:  Over 1,500

Total Facebook Fans: Over 2,230

Total Twitter Followers: Over 3,634

LinkedIn Members: Over 1,213

Total Tips Shared: Over 2,310

Top 5 posts this past year:

Five Guidelines on Effective 5 Why Analysis

10 Tips for Being a Better Leader

Think and Lead Like a Coach Not a Boss

Top 10 Lean Leadership Quotes From 2018

5 Ways to Improve Your Kaizens

I would like to thank all the visitors and contributors to A Lean Journey Blog this year and every year.  It has been a successful journey. Please, share your feedback so that A Lean Journey can be even more successful in the future.

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