Published on: November 19, 2019by Kevin Coupe
Over the past couple of months, when I've been on the road, there have been several times when I've been lucky enough to be recognized by longtime MNB readers in unexpected locales. Once, I was in Seattle, out jogging down near the ballpark, and I bumped in to MNB reader walking to work at the nearby Starbucks headquarters. This past weekend I was on the Strand in Hermosa Beach, waiting for a table at a favorite beachfront bistro, and an MNB reader out for a walk with his wife came up to me to chat.
Such moments - and there have been more than a few over the years, and they never get old - always serve to remind me how lucky I am to do MorningNewsBeat each morning, and to have established relationships with so many of the people who make up the MNB community. I like to think that it is more than just a writer's relationship with readers; we've all gotten to know each other over the years through stories and emails and occasional get-togethers over good wine and beer.
This is a good morning to tell you how fortunate I feel about this. Eighteen years ago today, I wrote MNB for the first time, and was just hoping I'd get 18 days or even 18 months out of it. As I've said here before, I knew I was tired of other people and companies screwing around with my career, and I was convinced there was an audience out there for something a little different when it came to business writing.
Well, I got a lot more than 18 days or months. I had a few dozen friends and business connections on my email list when I started, and now we have tens of thousands … for which I can thank Michael Sansolo, Kate McMahon, and Tom Furphy for keeping all the conversations lively … all my sponsors from over the years for helping to keep me in business … and most of all, you, for your continued engagement and participation. I couldn’t do it without you.
Eighteen years. For the record, I'm not done yet. I hope you'll be with me for the duration.
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