I just realized I was too busy to stop and recognize the “birthday” of the Lean Blog, as we turned “3” in March. I'm proud of the blog and very grateful for the constructive and friendly community that we have in the manufacturing and lean blogging space. I've made some good friends through the blog – those who comment on posts or email me, those who have contributed to the blog as writers, and other bloggers who collaborate with me.
In three years, I think the site has come a long way:
- The blog used to be the “Lean Manufacturing Blog” and looked like this (pretty sparse and ugly!). We're now just “Lean Blog” as the focus has shifted from manufacturing to the Lean and Toyota Production System concepts in general.
- Here's what I was blogging about in March 2005.
- The traffic numbers aren't the primary reason why I blog, but the # of daily visitors has grown from:
- 40/day in March 2005
- 200/day in March 2006
- 600/day in March 2007
- Still holding steady about 600/day, but we have more frequent spikes of over 1000/day, thanks to links from major business websites, like MSN Money.
- Added a podcast in July 2006 (www.leanpodcast.org) — now have 40 episodes.
- The blog is what helped lead to the opportunity to write my book (thanks, Dean!)
Here are previous “birthday” / “hansei” reflection posts from previous years:
As I've said before, blogging is a great way to learn and can be a great networking tool if you're willing to work at it. The NY Times had a good article on blogging the other day. If you have a niche you are passionate about, start your own blog, give it try. Thanks, as always, for reading and participating.
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