Every year at the Indianapolis 500, professional drivers repeatedly circle a racetrack until they reach five-hundred miles in an effort to win the race and get the checkered flag, acclaim and prize money. Writing a regular Internet post is radically different but for ten years (starting June 27, 2002) I’ve been driving myself every week to produce this newsletter/blog although I still haven’t reached the finish line. Since I’m not a celebrator I had planned to ignore this personal milestone and just keep going. Instead, this may be a good time to reflect on what I post every week and to re-evaluate the journey.
- Why do I do this? It’s not for money – I don’t sell anything, not even my own books. I don’t use this for self-promotion. I don’t do it for the interaction because very few people respond and there may not be many readers. But this newsletter pushes me to keep up to date with what’s happening in the fields of leadership, coaching and counseling. Most letters build on some recent publication so I am forced to read broadly to find good material. In turn I get a lot of pleasure from sharing my discoveries with others.
- Should I keep going? The Indy drivers cross the finish line and leave their cars after 500 laps. I have no plans to stop as long as this remains challenging and fun and as long as I have the energy to keep pushing on the gas peddle. Maybe I can go for 1000.
- Does it make any impact? That’s impossible to determine accurately. My calling is to impact others and at least for now I don’t sense God leading me to stop.
- Should you be doing something similar? Using social media is one of the best ways to build a platform and connect with others. Maybe 200 million blogs exist but yours could reach a special audience. An Internet search can guide your startup or you might read Michael Hyatt’s post on how to produce a “killer blog.” Go to michaelhyatt.com/transcripts/017-7-keys-to-writing-a-killer-blog-post.pdf or to www.michaelhyatt.com – click “personal development” and find the post for June 20, 2012.
- Can this newsletter/blog be better? Absolutely. Later this month I will be sending a brief questionnaire to get your response. Until then please give your suggestions for improvement, even if you have never left a comment before. And I’ll return in one week to start the next 500.