A Look Back… 400 Posts and Counting!

I remember the night well…

I was sitting on my couch half watching TV while surfing the Internet. I had just visited one of the only blogs I consistently read back in those days – Gemba Panta Rei – which as many of you know is written by one of my mentors, Jon Miller of Gemba Research.

Jon was actually working on a series of posts that really made me realize how powerful blogging could be. Here is the exact post I read that night.

Blogger Here I Come

Well, after a few moments of contemplation I decided to see how hard it would be to start my very own blog. Since I could barely spell HTML I knew I needed a simple solution.

After about 30 seconds on Google I found my way to Google’s Blogger platform. A few minutes after that the longest URL in the history of lean and six sigma blogging was born – leansixsigmaacademy at blogspot dot com. What was I thinking?

Here We Are

In any event that night started me on an amazing journey that has culminated in 401 published articles to which the coolest readers in the entire blogosphere (that would be you all) have gone onto leave 1,477 comments to.

Technically some of these comments are from me replying to comments… but hey, we do get our fair share of interaction here on LSS Academy so I am not complaining!

A Look Back

Anyhow, as a sort of walk down memory lane I thought I’d share a few articles that mean a lot to me.

In other words, these may not be the most popular or the most commented posts here at LSS Academy… instead they simply make me smile whenever I read them.

And as I’m sure you’ll soon see these articles were strongly influenced by a group of very special (little) people. Here goes.

  • Riding a Bike: “When was the last time you laughed like a child after achieving something so wonderful?”
  • Learning to Swim: “Finally, last night she just put her face in the water and swam. And just like that she had it.”
  • A Lesson in Courage: “I couldn’t see her face… but I could hear her laughing hysterically. In fact, she made similar sounds last summer when she learned to swim.”

In closing, I’d like to thank all LSS Academy readers for your participation and encouragement over the past two years. This blog is ultimately meant for you. I’d also like to thank all of my blogging pals including Kevin, Mark, Pete, Mike, and Jon. God Bless!

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9 Comments

  1. Mark Graban

    January 27, 2009 - 7:36 pm

    Congrats on the milestone, Ron. You’re a great addition to the blogging community!

  2. Andy Wagner

    January 27, 2009 - 9:04 pm

    Congratulations on the big milestone!
    It’s great to be part of such a vibrant community.

  3. Ron Pereira

    January 27, 2009 - 10:48 pm

    Thanks Mark and Andy!

  4. Brian Buck

    January 27, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    Congrats Ron. Your site has been a tremendous resource for me in the last year since I started my Lean journey. In addition to your great thoughts and posts about Lean/Six Sigma, I truly enjoy how you share your faith in very relevant ways. God bless!

  5. Mike Wroblewski

    January 28, 2009 - 7:19 am

    Sharing your words, experiences and insights towards continuous improvement has been simply outstanding. I look forward to 400 more and beyond. Congratulations!

  6. Ron Pereira

    January 28, 2009 - 9:54 am

    Thanks Brian and Mike… I’ve enjoyed following your excellent work as well. Keep up the great work men!

  7. Pete Abilla

    January 28, 2009 - 10:25 am

    Congratulations, brother.

  8. Rick Foreman

    January 28, 2009 - 11:19 am

    Congrats Ron! Great post and real life application of lean. I too appreciate the spiritual insight that accompanies the technical aspects. Hopefully we can connect for lunch this year since I work minutes away. The heart to help people through lean is a mission with great rewards and an endless journey. Your making a difference!

  9. Ron Pereira

    January 28, 2009 - 11:36 am

    Thanks Pete and Rick. And, yes, Rick… we DEFINITELY need to grab lunch someday soon. Mark does such a good job of coordinating things and I never even show up! I’ll try to do better this year.