Sometime over the last weekend, 3 Geeks surpassed 2 Million pageviews. That either means that 2 Million people have visited our site once and never returned, a whole bunch of you return fairly regularly, or a few of you are completely obsessed with Greg.
It’s mostly the middle one, but don’t underestimate the Greg Lambert fan club. To a certain demographic, a Lambert sighting is more precious than seeing Elvis hanging with the Beatles at the Loch Ness Monster’s summer place.
In celebration of our 2 Millionth pageview, I thought we’d take a brief walk through a few 3 Geeks Milestones.
- The very first archived 3 Geeks post: LinkedIn Goes Corporate
- Greg’s first mention of Twitter: I Like Ike… Well, Not Really… But, I Get To Twitter Away The Weekend!
- Toby’s first mention of Alternative Billing: KM in Action
- Lisa’s impassioned Ender’s Game defense of blogging: It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
- Ryan’s first post: The End of Corporate IT
I’ll let the others tell their own stories, if they want to, but I want to share briefly how I came to be a part of this terrific group of people.
I pulled a Jerry Maguire. My first post, was not written as a blog post, it was a memo to all of IT in my firm. It was all so clear to me. I saw the future taking shape and a whole lot of people moving ahead blindly working the same way they always had. I was always one of the more progressive voices in the firm, but somehow I reached a point where it wasn’t enough to just raise my objections or voice my opinions in meetings. I wasn’t getting through, so I was compelled to put my thoughts in writing and send them out to all interested parties via email. I included everyone in IT, including the CIO, and I hit send… and waited.
Over the next hour, I imagined all possible responses from “You’re an idiot, stop sending this crap.” to “You’re fired, get out.” But there was no response. Nothing. Nada. No emails. No phone calls. My message had once again gotten lost in the ether. I decided it was time to move on. After all, if I think this job is going away, I might as well go find something else to do.
Then the phone rang. It was Scott Preston, the CIO. Hours seemed to pass from one ring to the next as I debated whether to answer. Was I in trouble? Would he be angry? Was he calling to say HR was on their way to my office with security?
I picked up the handset cautiously. “Hello?”
“Ryan! Hey, it’s Scott. Listen, I think that piece you wrote is really great. I’ve got some friends who publish this blog thing. Would you mind if we posted this?”
And the rest, as they say, is history. Thank you, Scott. And thank you Greg, Toby, and Lisa, for letting me crash your little party.
On behalf of all four of the 3 Geeks, and all of our guest bloggers over the years, to everyone who habitually reads the drivel we shovel out, a heartfelt and very sincere
We could not have done it without you!