It has been a full year since I launched this blog with my first post, A True Story. Seventy-five posts later, despite the fact that this blog was started largely as an experiment, there continues to be never-ending fodder to write about, and I continue to be amazed that anyone at all is reading.
I want to thank the 43 followers and 90 subscribers who visit here weekly, especially those who have been with me from the beginning, as well as the 200+ visitors who come here weekly via Linked In discussion groups and elsewhere. (After three decades of measuring and analyzing I just can’t seem to stop.) In total, more than 9000 readers have visited this site!
There’s a lot to celebrate, including the fact that some of my articles have been picked up by Forbes.com, Yahoo.com, and the Huffington Post, and my weekly column now also runs at Forbes.com Work in Progress blog.
Many of you have given me ideas to write about with your 400+ comments, and at least 5 times that many comments have been left from you on Linked In forums, Facebook, on the Work in Progress blog, or via e-mail directly to me. Your interaction is what keeps this dialogue interesting.
Now for the fun part, blog birthday party time!
In honor of this blog’s birthday, I am giving away a hardcover copy of The No Asshole Rule. This highly rated book by Robert I. Sutton, advocates eliminating all assholes from the workplace – something I think most of you will agree with.
Here’s how to enter to win:
Option 1: Leave a comment on this blog post answering this question: What is one thing you would like to change in the workplace? Since we’ve already covered eliminating assholes, you need to pick something else.
Option 2: If you don’t like that question, leave a comment here answering this one: What is one thing you would like to see stay the same in the workplace?
Option 3: If you don’t like answering questions, leave a comment with a suggestion on a topic to write about for a future column.
Option 4: Heck, if you don’t like options 1-3, just leave a comment. Respond to someone else’s comment, send birthday wishes, talk about the weather, whatever… Just leave any comment on this blog post and you will be entered in the drawing.
The fine print:
Yes, you may leave a comment using a pseudonym or anonymously and you will still be entered. I will use the timestamps on the anonymous comments to identify the winner. (The winner will have to let me know a real name and address via e-mail.)
If you leave more than one comment you will be entered each time. This is mostly to make it easy for me to pick a winner, but also to encourage discussion.
For those who visit via Linked In discussion groups, please note that your comment must be left here to be eligible for the drawing.
You have until Thursday June 24th at midnight to leave a comment and qualify for the drawing. A winner will be picked randomly, and announced here on Monday June 28th.
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Thanks again for being here with me!