WordPress provides a pretty slick report that summarizes a blogger’s activity for the year, and I just figured out how to publish it. I found it pretty interesting and thought I would share it. But I also wanted to take a moment and acknowledge each of you and your role in my success (I won’t mention those of you who impede my success and are generally an anchor around the neck of my career; you know who you are. All I will say is keep it up and see what that buys you.
Beyond the Blog
2011 began with me starting a major, long-term engagement with one of the world’s largest healthcare systems AND kicking off a project where, through Rockford Greene International, I ran the safety department for a small and struggling Tier-One automobile parts supplier. While I mentioned neither in my blogs (Rockford Greene International closely guards its client list to abet the guilty) both greatly shaped the content of my blogs, articles, and deranged emails to sundry politicos. I also was engaged by a European luxury automobile manufacturing to do some executive coaching and process redesign, also through a Rockford Greene customer.
The bulk of my time, however, was spent writing. I had around 15 or 16 peer-reviewed articles published, wrote weekly (and sometimes weakly) posts to both www.philladuke.wordpress.com and www.rockfordgreeneinternational.wordpress.com all and all I produced somewhere in the neighborhood of 125,000 words in print last year; much of it right here.
This blog (and the Rockford Greene blog) continues to be shared by the ESHQ Elite managers once a quarter which drew many of you to the site. For those of you who aren’t members of the LinkedIn group I would recommend you consider joining it; it is a terrific community. By mid summer, the blog had really taken off and now draws a steady audience (so much so that I sweat the Sunday deadline).
I spoke at the Michigan Safety Conference in Lansing, MI, in April and at the National Safety Council in October. I submitted 2 abstracts for the ASSE show in June (which I covered as a reporter for Facility Safety Management magazine) but had both turned down. That really irritated me, because two members of the selection committee specifically asked me to submit those. After that experience and getting both abstracts rejected for this year, I have decided that ASSE doesn’t deserve me as a speaker, and I will not be speaking there again anytime in the foreseeable future. Unless they pay. Most of other speeches I made to private companies who pay me to address their national or international safety meetings. I am in the process of filling out speaking abstracts for conferences in Europe and at the National Safety Council, so if you are interested in hearing me speak, watch these pages.
I completed my certification in Just Culture, which amuses me since I have 5 works on the subject already published, but it was something a client required and what am I if not a sport.
In October, ISHN leaked a list of the Power 101, its list of the most powerful and influential people working in Safety today. They quickly realized their error and pulled the list. (It has since been republished and yes I am still on it.) I was interviewed by S+H Magazine, but that didn’t see print until 2012 so I don’t know if it is worth mentioning.
This year I am hoping to publish my first book, Selling Safety In Tough Times. I have a proposal, but haven’t started looking for a publisher. If anyone out there knows of a good literary agent, send them my way. I also have a submission (a late one—didn’t see the call for papers until the day it was due) for an OSHA journal.
I am hoping to get more speaking engagements and, of course, consulting gigs. Will work for money.
But anyway, again thank you for your readership, your rancor, your interest and your community.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.