This is it…drumroll…my 200th blog post. Cue the balloon drop and blow the kazoos! It’s mostly a milestone for me, but maybe for a few of you too. Especially Ray Basile who said “Dude, you should start blogging,” and those who said “I read every one of your stories to my teenagers,” and the many readers who told me, “Hey, you should collect your best blog posts into a book!”
Even with over 65,000 views of the blog so far, I never really know if any of it makes a difference until someone speaks up, so thank you for that. And thanks to your goading me, the new paperback book “Getting to the Point” is now available at LuLu.com. (Digital formats coming soon.)
I have a great day job, and blogging is not my profession. I write because I believe many of you are just like me, searching for meaning and happiness in an often crazy and painful world. It does my heart good to share something that matters to you. And heck…half the time, I’m offering advice that is really meant to motivate myself.
Just like life is lived one day at a time, this book was written one chapter at a time. I looked back over 3 years at all the stories that had the most visits, pass-alongs and comments. I discovered that they fit neatly into a few theme buckets, and I did my best to tie together what it all means in the end.
And just like I have no real commercial purpose for the blog, I did not publish “Getting to the Point” to profit personally. All the proceeds in 2012 will be donated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, developing the treatments that are saving my brother’s life.
Here’s what you can do to help out:
- Buy the book for yourself or someone you care about
- Like the Facebook page to spread the word and get updates
That’s it. Pretty simple. Most of all, I want to say thank you at this milestone moment. Thanks for reading. Thanks for joining the conversation. Thanks for making a difference in my life…and following along in my labor of love.