That post jogged my memory and caused me to realize that this month marks my fifth year as well. I started in December 2003 using a Typepad blog for the Internet marketing consultancy I owned at the time, Radiant Marketing Group.
Blogging has not only been a game-changer for me, but a life-changer as well. It's led to a career in Internet marketing, blog and social media consulting, a book (and another to be published in 2009) and the opportunity to serve as president of IBNMA.
More importantly, it's led to the development of a network of friends and connections that literally spans the globe. For a country boy who grew up at Rural Route 1, Hickory, Mississippi, that ain't too bad. Not bad at all.
Unlike Lee and many other veteran bloggers from the class of 2003 and 2004, my blogging path has been a bit eclectic (shall we say even "schizophrenic") While Lee, Toby Bloomberg, Yvonne DiVita, Denise Wakeman, Wayne Hurlbert and many others have "plowed the same field" on one blog for years, I've had the privilege to ply my trade at quite a number:
- Radiant Marketing Group (no longer live)
- Weblogs Inc
- Creative Weblogging
- Blogging Systems (now Respond Media)
- Active Rain
- Strategic Business Blogging (no longer live)
- MarketingProfs Daily Fix
- and this blog, Conversational Media Marketing
IOWs, just about everyone but b5media. Like I said, a bit schizo! (Chalk it up to a short attention span.)
If I had more time today, I'd create a list of favorite posts, events, etc. Unfortunately, my day job won't allow and, besides, we're about to close shop for the day and my wife and I are headed to celebrate the holiday with relatives.
To my fellow veteran business bloggers who have persevered over the years, here's to you. May blogging be very good to us in 2009 and bring us all continued business and personal success.