The 3,000th post

Today is my 3,000th post. Every day, for 3,000 days. In a row.

Busy days, slower days, weekends, holidays, and every day in between. The discipline to post every day has been a priceless lesson. Like brushing your teeth, once you make the decision to do it daily, breaking the habit becomes a lot more difficult than starting it was.

I write every entry myself. I don’t take any advertising. And blogging has never been a job requirement. These posts are just for you, from just me.

I’ve blogged through some of my biggest life milestones.

I blogged on my 40th birthday.

I blogged the day I moved from California to Seattle.

I blogged on my wedding day.

I blogged when I sold Collegewise and when I bought it back.

I blogged when both my sons were born.

If you’ve read and benefited from my blog, I have two favors to ask.

First, please tell someone who might benefit. Even just sharing a single post that helped you makes a difference. I don’t pay attention to how many readers I have and I’ve never written anything just to game the SEO algorithms. The point is to share something that might help someone during an important college admissions-related time in their schooling, parenting, or professional career.

Second, consider starting a blog of your own. Everyone has something to share, something that might interest or help or otherwise appeal to someone. You don’t need permission. You don’t need an agent. You don’t need a publisher. In blogs, today we all have our own publishing platform available to us free or almost free.

I plan to keep posting as 2018 begins. But for the first time in 3,000 days, I’ll also be doing some blog soul-searching. I’ve long said that I would keep posting daily as long as I had something to say, and it’s getting more difficult to satisfy that metric every day. But whether the streak continues or comes to an end, daily blogging has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, almost entirely because of you.

Thank you for reading, for sharing, and for letting me chime in during your college admissions experience.