I started off on Blogspot when Uptown Hound first opened in NYC. I can’t believe it’s been an additional five years on WordPress!
Totally worth it. I’ve met the greatest folks online and in person through this blog and the CTW and Public sites. I started two businesses with guidance and input from friends in the Wordpress network. I’ve secured better-than-AIRBNB housing for three international jaunts, and been a conduit for some good professional/creative relationships … and only been trolled by one dude — a former direct report.
And even that one negative experience was great, because it was a learning moment. As sad as it was to learn who/how he really was — how what he really thought of me was 180 degrees from what he said to me, and how I thought I was supporting his growth — were it not for his response to me (even though he didn’t say it to me directly) I would have thought I was doing things the right way, supporting folks in the way I thought they needed, helping them when it felt like I should, and leading them when it seemed appropriate to step in. Servant leadership doesn’t work for everyone and in every situation. So while I was initially like, ‘What? You are a giant coward ass-face!’, these are lessons that I’m taking to heart and that inform the work at Public and CTW every day. And, I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to learn from commenters and friends who support me, and folks like that direct report, who don’t but, who told other people who then told me and gave me the chance to make a change.