Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Adieu 2017...

 
 
 
 

 
And thank you for the lessons learnt and for the opportunities given.


 
 


This year began with renewed hopes that things would get better. Having survived 2016, I was optimistic that there would be interesting, albeit unforeseen opportunities to be celebrated. So l was quietly optimistic.

 
 
As the year prodded on, I settled into the predictable paces of my personal and professional lives.
 
 
And that was fine.
 
 
I continued to blog, even accepting, with calm resignation, the familiar anxiety that materialized towards the end of each month when another blog post would be due, and when I would have no idea about what to write. I nonetheless persevered.
 
 
I bided my time and believed that my discipline in posting high quality posts would pay off.
 

 
It did.
 

 
It only took some five-and-a-half years, thousands of hours of reading/researching, and painstakingly churning out 78 posts, to get recognition for this blog.
 


 
 
But the journey was worth it.
 


 
Recognition for the Rethinking Business Communications Blog in 2017
 
Recognition came when Anuj Agarwal, the founder of Feedspot  emailed me in September, informing me that my blog had been selected as one of the top 30 communication blogs on the web. He congratulated me and provided more information.
 
 
 
A sceptic by default, I was immediately suspicious of the email After all, I hadn't submitted my blog on any site  for consideration of a ranking, neither was I aware of such an organisation.
 
 
Nevertheless, my curiosity was piqued so I clicked on the link provided. I browsed through the list, and when I recognised some highly respected communication blogs in the top spots, this blog's ranking became a big deal. I also realised that Feedspot was a legitimate RSS feed reader that was known in the field.
 
 
It became a bigger deal for me when I read that the selection criteria included Google reputation, Google search ranking and the quality of the articles.
 

 
Next came the realisation that the Rethinking Business Communications Blog was the only African blog to appear on that list.
 
 
I was stunned.
 
 
 

I was so elated and honoured that I shared the information in my networks.
 



 
Then just when I thought that the news couldn't get better, the prestigious Lagos Business School was informed of the award. They wrote a brief piece and posted it on their website. They also highlighted the award and my profile in their LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Their support on social media was truly touching.



For more information about this award and the recognition it brought, check out the awards and recognition page.




The award—now conspicuously displayed on the homepage of this blog—serves as a reminder to me that hard work, discipline and passion pay off. It has also given this blog credibility, and this has gained me a new clientele.



Note that it took over five years for this blog's value in the field of business communication to be appreciated by independent evaluators. That notwithstanding, my commitment to providing consistent value to all readers, has been and will remain, unwavering.



I am truly grateful that the door of opportunity has been opened for me, and I believe that there would be more recognition for this blog in 2018.



So continue to watch this space.







Top Picks for 2017


In March every year when I celebrate the blog's anniversary, I list all the articles of the preceding year up until that point.



However, for all who may have missed some useful articles this year, below are my recommendations for the 2017 posts you should read. The tips they contain would be relevant to your careers.



1)  Career Advancement: Be the ‘Purple Cow’ 

Note how insights from Seth Godin’s bestselling book, ‘Purple Cow’, could help you advance your career by using the practical advice given.




2) An Open Letter To Management - From Working Mothers 


I am a working mother, so this post is somewhat personal.

Learn what makes these professional women tick for a more productive workplace.






3) Your Business Writing Skills - Where Do You Stand?

If this is the only article that you read this year about improving your business writing, then you would have covered all your bases.


In this article, I give away useful nuggets that are often only revealed in seminars or training sessions that I am paid to facilitate. This post thus provides undisputed value.






Conclusion



As I bid you adieu 2017, I remain appreciative of everything you taught me this year.



Indeed, I’m grateful for family, friends and good health.




To my blog readers and well-wishers: thank you for the support and loyalty.










I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a fun-filled, enjoyable New Year!


Adieu 2017!              





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N.B:   First image is courtesy of Stuart Miles, via freedigitalphotos.net. Second image is courtesy of Jesadaphorn, via freedigitalphotos.net. Blog award is courtesy of Feedspot. Animation is courtesy of gifgifs.com.