It’s been eight years since I launched my blog… January 2005. Then it was “Lean Manufacturing Blog” at the kanban.blogspot.com address… it’s now “LeanBlog.org” as things have evolved in both the site’s design and content. My primary interests have shifted from manufacturing to healthcare and also startups,but Lean is Lean. This post from 2009 has screenshots of version 1 and version 2 of the blog (this being version 3, from late 2009).
I’d like to invite you to share some feedback and information via this reader survey. By taking the survey by February 1, you can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card AND you have the chance to win one of many prizes I am giving away as my thanks to you (or, at least, a randomly selected subset of you). See a list of prizes at the end of this post.
As a birthday treat / embarrassment, here is a picture of me blowing out candles on my 8th birthday, in 1981:
My parents (thanks for the photo scan) reminded me my birthday gift that year was a basketball hoop for over the garage. I was always a pretty lousy player, but had fun with that. I doubt I’ll share birthday pictures in the future as I approach my awkward teenage years. Look at that hair. I was giving Ron Burgundy a run for his money, eh?
As a blogger, there are never any guarantees that anybody will give a darn or even read what you put out there. I’m extremely fortunate to have a great community of readers who contribute really interesting thoughts and discussions in the blog comments. Blog readership has grown steadily over the past eight years. I bet somebody could make a control chart about this, around a linear growth pattern. There’s no guarantee anyone will continue caring in the future, so I’ll strive to continue providing posts that are interesting, educational, fun, or thought provoking (or all of the above).
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your readership and participation partially fuels my drive to continue blogging – which means I continuing reading and scouring the web for interesting articles, it means I keep writing occasional essay type posts (or rants), and I keep finding interesting people to interview for my podcast series.I’ve met so many great people because of this blog. I’m very appreciative for that.
If you have any questions about my blog, blogging, etc., post a comment below the post and I’ll answer. That might prompt some more reflection on my part about the past and future of this blog.
Reader Survey Prizes
OK, again, if you enter the survey, you have the chance of winning a cool prize, including:
- Signed copy of “Healthcare Kaizen“
- Signed copy of “Lean Hospitals“
- Flash drive with all Lean Blog Podcast episodes
- Phone or Skype discussion with Mark to talk about Lean or Kaizen
- LeanBlog.org logo coffee mug (with the April Fool’s A3 app pictured too)
- Free LeanPub.com editions of Mark Graban’s “Lean Blog” eBooks (Best of 2011, Best of 2012, Lean Sports)
- Copy of “Lean-Led Hospital Design” by Grunden and Hagood
- Copy of “A Slice of the Pie,” by Nick Sarillo (a great book on leadership)
- Copy of “Lean for Dummies” (1st Edition)
- Copy of “Gemba Kaizen” by Imai (2nd Edition)
- Copy of “The Harada Method” by Norman Bodek
- One free registration for Mark’s “Healthcare Kaizen” workshop in Denver on 4/11 (no travel included)
Fine print: due to high shipping costs, physical prizes will only be shipped to a U.S. address. I know about 33% of my readers are international… if you win one of my two books, I will contact you to ask if you’d like a free Kindle version instead of the signed paperback.
Thanks again, everybody!
About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.