This is the one thousandth post on Small Biz Survival. Seems appropriate to make it a Brag Basket.
That means I get to brag first!
I launched this site in January 2006. My thought was that I wanted to share the great economic development stories I received by email with other small town folks. It has grown to so much more.
I owe huge thanks to two blogging mentors: Chris Brogan and Liz Strauss. If you look back just at our 2006 archives, Chris’s name comes up over 100 times, as he commented, shared ideas, collaborated and built an enduring friendship. Liz makes a habit of encouraging small bloggers and helping them grow. When I started participating in her Open Mic Nights, Liz made me feel more than welcome, she made me feel like family. I even had the honor of playing a small role in helping Chris and Liz connect with each other. Group hug and pop tarts all around!
From the very beginning, my mom Glenna Mae Hendricks “Maesz” and Jeanne Cole “OkieJ” have helped enormously, contributing articles, commenting, giving me feedback, and even keeping everything running when I’m gone. Cheers, gals!
Since then, I’ve been honored with some outstanding regular contributors, in Jon Swanson, Zane Safrit, and now Mark Hayward. Jon and I met through Chris Brogan. He isn’t the usual small business writer, and that is part of what makes him great. Zane generously shared comments, encouragement, and then through all of 2008 shared some terrific articles. We both care a lot about small towns, failure, customer service, and lots more. Mark has just come on board as a contributor, based on our friendship on Twitter. I’m going to go visit him on Culebra, and sit on the beach! Gentlemen, thank you for all you have shared.
And many of you have been kind and generous with contributions of guest articles, comments, emails, ideas, and encouragement. And you’ve bragged. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Now it’s your turn. This is a real Brag Basket, too. Jump in and give someone else a pat on the back, share a success from your week, tell us about a splendid failure, brag up a project, or offer a shout out. Just leave your brag in the comments!
And thank you. Really.