January 31, 2011

Milestones are numbered markers that provide reference points along the road. They are used to assure those on a journey that the proper path is being followed, and to indicate either how far you have come or how far you have left to go.

This post is number 500 for me at this site. I’ve come a long way since my first post on March 29, 2009 back at my original site. I started blogging so that I could learn how to do it. I wanted to be able to re-invent what I do and how I do it, and teach or encourage others to do the same.

Blogging is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. By forcing myself to become part of the conversation about what I value, I believe I have improved both my professional and personal pursuits. I’ve come a long way on this journey, but I’m just getting started and have no idea where this road will ultimately take me. I like that a lot.

I sincerely appreciate the support I’ve received from those that read and comment on my blog. The conversation you provide improves both the content and the process of what I do here.

Thank you.

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  1. Elizabeth Rickert says:

    Congratulations, Bret. I’m so glad you decided to blog. Your posts have enriched both my performance at work and my personal life. Now, considering the awesomeness of this achievement, I think you should make this a memorable day. What are you doing to celebrate?

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Celebrate? No time for that, Beth, too much work to do! Thanks for being such a loyal and valuable contributor to my blog. I really appreciate it. Bret

  2. cvharquail says:

    Congratulations Bret, on this milestone!

    “500 blog posts” is a great feat… and I think you aren’t giving yourself enough credit. These have been 500 provocative, truthful *contributions*.

    Your blog (and social media activity in general) offer a model that I wish more academics would follow. You consistently find the sweet spot where relevance, empirics, and usefulness overlap. You have a strong consistent authentic voice. You are making a difference, now not only with your students IRL but also in your larger community online.

    You rock.


    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    You are very kind, CV. I too wish more academics would make this move to blogging. I think it would help us as a community be more relevant to our constituents. Thanks!! Bret

  3. davidburkus says:

    Congrats on the milestone. Hard to believe how time flies.

    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Thanks, David! The only way you lose at blogging is to quit. Bret