A long, long time ago…
On September 5, 2011, I announced an ambitious initiative: I committed to a blog post EVERY Tuesday and Thursday, indefinitely. At the time I wasn’t sure if I could sustain it for more than a month or two, but a funny thing happened and I sustained it (with some help for sure) for about four solid years. At that point, the pressures of running a full-on consulting company “overflowed the river banks” and our regularly-scheduled program petered out. But those were some glorious years, and I credit that clockwork, “come-hell-or-high-water” schedule for a lot of the growth of this site (and subsequently, our company).
Beginning this coming week, you will see posts go live here EVERY Tuesday and Thursday morning. From now until the end of time.
You see, the same thing that distracted me from the schedule in the first place (having a company that depends on me) has also become a massive advantage. We have many amazing people here on staff – people with with amazing stories and techniques they can share. We have the ability to hire an editor to keep the quality bar high when I’m not available. We have someone who can “whip” the schedule and make sure we hold true to our promise. And yes, that whole process ALSO can hold ME more accountable, so that I myself post more frequently as well.
(Speaking of the advantages of being a robust consulting company, have you considered hiring us to implement some kick-ass analytics for your firm, and/or adopt an empowered, non-dependent, business-driven data culture? No one does it better or more rapidly than we do. Not even close.)
This morning we held the final kickoff meeting for this new process. The team is in place. We already have a healthy series of posts in the hopper awaiting finishing touches. It’s go time.
So, while I hate comparing myself to Longshanks, and certainly don’t condone HIS policies, well, the first part of the quote is just too perfect, and it forced me to learn some rudimentary Latin which can’t be all that bad.
Why ANNOUNCE this? Why not just DO it?
1) I want YOU, dear readers, to be able to depend upon this. I’ve been listening to podcasts lately and have really grown to love even just the “looking forward to the next one” feeling. I want that feeling for OUR data community.
2) Once we commit, we can’t go back. So I’ll leave you with one last movie quote…
See you Tuesday…