Monday, September 9, 2019

Eight Is Enough

Eight years ago, on September 5, 2011, I made my first post on this blog. I called it "Recipes for Innovation," and in it, I talked about several things that were heavy on my mind at the time, including my then soon-to-be-ending first foray into blogging, The Hourglass Blog.

Since that time, I have managed to make a post appear here every Monday morning, a post almost always focused on some aspect of my professional experiences as an association executive. That has helped create a library of more than 400 posts, most of which I have indexed into one of the "Blog Topics" shown on my home page: Core Values, Generations, Innovation, Leadership, Member Engagement, Strategy and Execution, and Workforce Development.

But there are two other Blog Topics on that list.

Starting on September 24, 2011, with Women with Men by Richard Ford, I began the Books Read series, where, every other Saturday, I started posting a sometimes short and sometimes very long "personal take" on one of the more than 800 books that I've read. More than 200 such "personal takes" have since appeared on this blog.

And starting on July 13, 2013, with Columbia by Eric Lanke, I began the Fiction series, where I post, when the mood strikes me, some of my original fiction. Lately, that has been draft chapters from Dragons, my newest and as-yet-unfinished novel, appearing on every other Saturday, alternating with Books Read.

Now, truth be told, after eight years of consistent blogging, my creative energies have come to derive much more satisfaction from these two kinds of "Saturday" posts -- from Fiction and Books Read -- than they do from anything I'm continuing to post in for the "Monday" Blog Topics. Some weeks, I'm sorry to admit, it's a tremendous struggle to get something useful put together for Monday morning. It feels like I've already said everything I can in subjects like Innovation, Leadership, or Strategy and Execution.

So I'm making a change. I'm going to stop posting things here on Monday mornings, preferring to dedicate more of my time to composing the Saturday posts focused on the books I've read and the ones I'm writing. That, increasingly, is where my creative spirit wants to go, and, lately, it feels like I've been battling my own obligation to provide relevant Monday content.

If you've been a loyal reader of this blog, what can I say, other than 'thank you'? I hope you decide to keep on reading, because I'm certainly going to keep on writing.

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This post first appeared on Eric Lanke's blog, an association executive and author. You can follow him on Twitter @ericlanke or contact him at

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