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Wrapping up the 2012 Blogathon

This is my 31st day of posting daily on Changing-River.com thanks to the 2012 WordCount Blogathon. It’s been a great experience and I would like to thanks Michelle Rafter and her Blogathon team for all the work they put into this event.

For me, the Blogathon has been motivation to get content on my site and start to plan out what it will be and the role it will have in my business going forward. I’ve done a lot of work in the background to accomplish this. I’ve also experienced a lot of highlights this month:

  • Starting the Story by Numbers podcast with my podcasting partner Ruth Terry.
  • Going from essentially no traffic to having over 500 visitors. This may sound like a small number for many sites, but I’m quite happy with the rate of growth.
  • Posting my first online business offer – Quick and Dirty Consulting Services. In order to pull this off, I had to write the offer, set up a PayPal account, and begin publicizing it.
  • Had some great comments made on some posts.
  • Set up Feedburner to manage RSS feeds and email subscriptions to the site.

So, what will the future bring for the Changing River Consulting site? Well, I’m going to cut back posting to three times per week.

  • Tuesday will feature a post about Evaluation.
  • Thursday will feature a post Change Management.
  • Saturday will remain Personal Change Day for a while. If the idea doesn’t work for my audience or begins to feel like a bad fit, I may change things around.

Ruth and I also plan to continue making podcast twice per month and of course I will post them here.

My thanks to everyone who has found their way to my site, taken the time to comment, and generally made this a very rewarding month!

If I Started Blogging Today…

Today is a theme writing assignment for the 2012 WordCount Blogathon. The challenge is to reflect on what I would do differently if I started my blog today. Since I only really started adding content to my blog during this month, all I can say is I would have…

…Started sooner!

I have been an independent consultant for nearly three years now. I’ve been very fortunate to never struggle to find clients and make a good living in this time. However, now that I am getting content loaded onto the blog, attracting visitors from search engines, through Twitter and even iTunes, I know that if I had done this two years, I could have had a much better known blog, educated more small and mid-sized nonprofits on the workings of evaluation, and probably met some great clients to work with.

No point in dwelling on all that, though. I am thrilled that the Blogathon has pushed me to post every day and make up for some lost time. I am also excited about how far the site has already come and where I will take it in the near future. I hope you will join me, either by checking the site frequently, or subscribing through Feedburner or email using the boxes on the right side of this page.

photo by: Tim J Keegan

Evaluation Haiku

Today is Haiku Day in the 2012 WordCount Blogathon. In classical Japanese form, a Haiku is a 3 line poem, where the first line contains 5 syllable, the second line is 7, and the third line is 5 again. Because I haven’t written a Haiku since middle, and because “Evaluation” conveniently has 5 syllables, I’ve decided to try my hand at poetry writing.

Haiku #1:


You want truth, you get data


Haiku #2


They say it is all in the


Haiku #3


We paid how much for this #$%^?


All you poets out there, feel free to contribute your own evaluation inspired haiku!