February 28, 2013

Today marks the eight anniversary of JacoBLOG.  When Tim Davis first convinced me to take on this endeavor in 2005, we were in the process of conducting our first Techsurvey, YouTube was just coming online, Howard Stern was still on terrestrial radio, and there were no apps.

Obviously, a great deal has changed during the past eight years, but one thing that has been consistent is just how rewarding it has been to hang out in this digital cockpit and write something new every weekday.  I originally asked Tim how often I should actually post something, and he told me that to have a successful blog, I had to establish some semblance of regularity so people would get in the habit of reading it.

To me, that translated to “every day” and while at first it was a daunting task, the idea of writing a new entry day in and day out, week in and week out, and year in and year out has been a great discipline and pleasure for me.

Recently, Seth Godin commented on the same thing in a piece about writer’s block and blogging.  He talked about this every day commitment as “the drip.”

In his unique style, he reminded me of what it takes to pull this type of endeavor off:

“You don’t launch a popular blog, you build one.”

And “The writing isn’t the hard part, it’s the commitment.  Drip!”

I couldn’t have said it better.

I would like to thank Tim (of course), Elnora Lowe (who composes all of them), my staff and JacoBLOG “board of directors” who have contributed ideas and posts over the years, sometimes giving me a little breather.

But most of all, thank YOU for regularly reading our blog, sharing it, commenting on it, and just thinking about it.

Read on.



6 Responses to 8

  1. Keith Hastings on February 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Fred, Congrats on building THE daily must-read for Rock Radio. There is no finer!

    • Fred Jacobs
      Fred Jacobs on February 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      Thanks much, Keith. (And congrats on your well-deserved new job as the overseer of WCSX/Detroit programming!)

  2. Ken West on February 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Happy 8th, Fred. Your blog is thought-provoking, smart, well-reasoned, and covers a lot of ground. It’s relevant every day, not just some days. Thanks for asking the tough questions and caring about content and audience relationships enough to do this every day.

    • Fred Jacobs
      Fred Jacobs on February 28, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      Ken, thanks for the kind comments and for being a loyal reader. Much appreciated.

  3. Gary Krantz on March 1, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Awesome accomplishment Fred. Once again, you’ve set the standard !

    • Fred Jacobs
      Fred Jacobs on March 1, 2013 at 6:37 AM

      Much appreciated, Gary. I love doing this blog & enjoy exchanging ideas with old friends and new readers who are passionate about radio and media.

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