January 19, 2018

Announcing My Semi-Retirement From This Blog

Posted by: of ExecutiveSummary.com on 04/25/05

So, in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been posting to this blog a lot less lately. Regular readers may know that I took a full-time job six months ago (at DoubleClick) and a few months after that, I ended up taking over my department (Director of Research), as a result of which, I am very busy these days.

Sadly, evangelizing the marketing value of blogs is not tightly aligned with my job or DoubleClick’s business interests, so this site has been a labor of love. More to the point, however, I think the mission of the blog has to a certain extent been accomplished. When I began it, I felt there was a need for a voice on the web articulating this business value and highlighting the many new business blogs as examples for others to follow. In the just over a year since I started the blog, however, stories like the recent one in BusinessWeek have been making the case very well in the mainstream media, and there are many other blogs talking about the same issues, including those I link to on the left of this page under "From Whom We Steal." The best of those, IMHO, is Steve Rubel’s MicropPersuasion, in whose shadow I think this blog has been living for some time.

Therefore, with mixed feelings I am going to make formal what has been de facto the case for a few months: I don’t plan to update this blog very often going foward. Perhaps I’ll find something on-topic to say from time to time, and I welcome the other contributors to this site to feel free to remain as active as they want (which past performance suggests not especially active).

Meanwhile, if you need a fix of Bruner postings, I do still post a few times a month about general Internet marketing topics at ExecutiveSummary.com and more often about general nonsense at my personal site, Bruner Blog. I also do have plans to launch some new topical resources in the coming months, so stay tuned. Until then, thanks for your attention and I wish you all productive business blogging!

22 comments for Announcing My Semi-Retirement From This Blog

  1. I’ll miss your postings and insight, Rick. and hope you’ll be back at some point.

    Comment by Dave Taylor — April 25, 2005 @ 9:55 am

  2. Rick E. Bruner’s Business Blog Consulting: Announcing My Semi-Retirement From This Blog

    Link: Rick E. Bruner’s Business Blog Consulting: Announcing My Semi-Retirement From This Blog.

    Trackback by Media Guerrilla Linkblog — April 25, 2005 @ 10:50 am

  3. Thanks for what you did to push blogs to the mainstream media coverage. Good luck in the new job and heading up the department.

    – Kevin

    Comment by Kevin O'Keefe — April 25, 2005 @ 11:19 am

  4. Rick Bruner Retires from Blogging

    Good luck to Rick Bruner who’s hanging up his blogger’s keyboard. In seven years we will elect Rick to the Blogger Hall of Fame (assuming it ever gets built). Rick has done much to advance the bloggging cause. We’ll miss

    Trackback by Micro Persuasion — April 25, 2005 @ 11:38 am

  5. Glad the gig is working so well for you and thanks for all you taught us all about blogging.
    B.L. Ochman
    What’s Next Blog

    Comment by B.L. Ochman — April 25, 2005 @ 12:57 pm

  6. Rick, Congrats. Just finished reading your Online Advertising report. Congrats on DoubleClick being acquired as well. Lots of changes in the industry. No worries, BL and Rubel will be able to handle your blog for you.

    Comment by Robb Hecht — April 25, 2005 @ 1:04 pm

  7. Your fine business blog, and unwavering support for the business blogging community will be missed. I trust that this is only a break from blogging and your voice will return to the blogosphere very soon.

    Comment by Wayne Hurlbert — April 25, 2005 @ 1:41 pm

  8. I’ve been a lurker on your blog for a while and I just wanted you to know that you will be missed.

    This is one of the few business blogs I care to follow 🙂 – but I wish you continued success with everything!

    Comment by Star — April 25, 2005 @ 2:44 pm

  9. Thanks Rick for all you have done. You were truly a scout on the frontier of unexplored territory for all the rest of us.

    Comment by Jill Fallon — April 25, 2005 @ 7:25 pm

  10. Rick – yours was one of the first blogs I “discovered” and I thank you for the education about blogs. Business Blog Consultants will go down in blog history as a classic. All the best.

    Comment by Toby — April 25, 2005 @ 9:02 pm

  11. Bummer! For me, anyway. I’ll miss the postings, but I’ll be keeping watch for those rare sightings…

    Comment by Bren — April 25, 2005 @ 9:55 pm

  12. Thanks, Rick, for all the previous insight.

    Congratulations and best of luck in your new role!

    Comment by Richard Leader — April 26, 2005 @ 1:01 am

  13. Rick,

    You’ve done such a great job. I’ll miss your postings. Congrats again on your position with DoubleClick. I’m sure this won’t be the last we’ll hear from you on the topic of business+blogging.

    Comment by Debbie Weil — April 26, 2005 @ 7:09 pm

  14. Hey Rick,
    Am glad to receive the reports on your work with DoubleClick – keep them coming. Your blogging will be missed – you are a pioneer.

    Comment by Lee Odden — April 27, 2005 @ 11:11 am

  15. Thanks for the wisdom, Rick. I’ll miss your energy on this topic. Congrats and best of success with DC.

    Comment by Michael Pollock — April 27, 2005 @ 3:03 pm

  16. Best of luck with the new gig, Rick. Cheers!

    Comment by Chris Ray — April 28, 2005 @ 10:14 am

  17. Best of luck and continued success! There is always something very exciting about being involved with something that’s “underground”. It will be interesting to see what happens now that blogging has gone “commercial”. I’m sure you will be the first to catch the next big thing.


    Comment by David Wells — April 28, 2005 @ 10:21 am

  18. Hey Rick, like many other people on this comment chain, your blog was my first blog experience. From your site, a great deal was learned about blogging. Since that time, I have always pushed interested people to your blog as it still is one of the best “blogposts” for travelers to visit.

    So, thanks for sharing your experiences and helping us understand this medium and the possibilities it has.

    Comment by jbr — April 29, 2005 @ 11:43 am

  19. Many thanks to all of you. Certainly the sense that my modest musings here were finding intersted readers made this project so rewarding. I promise you haven’t heard the last of me.

    Comment by Rick Bruner — May 1, 2005 @ 11:32 am

  20. Cerado Launches Business Blogging Practice

    It appears that there must be some sort of as-of-yet undocumented “conservation of blogging” law. (Did you read that as “conversation of blogging,” the first time through? I did, and I wrote the thing. Funny how much power the word

    Trackback by The Social Customer Manifesto — May 2, 2005 @ 2:02 am

  21. Best of luck Rick. I know I’ll see you around still some way some how. Can’t take the business out of the blogger!

    Comment by Jim Kukral — May 2, 2005 @ 10:39 am

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