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5 Years Blogging

rohdesign-5years.gifAnd it's official, the Rohdesign weblog is 5 years old today.

When I started this experiment in 2003, I had no idea where blogging might go, or whether I could maintain this blog for 5 months, never mind 5 years.

While it started as an experiment, it has become an important, integral part of my personal and professional life.

This is a place where I can share my thoughts, however crazy. It's a venue for my sketches, design work, and design thinking. It's an outlet for reviews of products and services I like. And it has connected me with many new friends and clients.

Thank You!
Thank you those who have encouraged me in this journey — you are the ones who keep me going when I am tired or discouraged.

Thank you to those of you who subscribe to my RSS feed or pay a visit each time I post — I'm very honored that you take the time to read what I have to offer here.

Thank you to those who comment on the blog — I appreciate your insights, humor and occasional corrections which help keep me on track and humble.

Thank you Gail, for encouraging me in all I do. You're an awesome wife!

Here's to another 5 years! :-)

Reader Comments (19)

Congratulations sir!
February 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReuben Whitehouse
Do not stop Mike! Keep up the excellent work!
February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJavier Marti-Canales
Reuben & Javier, thanks for the kind words! You guys rock! :-)
February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Rohdesign is one of my must-read blogs. Keep up the good work Mike.
February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Bumgardner
Wow! I am more impressed with a Blog that I have been most impressed with. I too have considered it a must read. Looking Forward to many more posts!
February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGrant Tormey
Congrats Mike, your blog is one of the few worth visiting.
February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWayne
Great blog.regards,Ed O
February 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterchinchorrero
Yay Rohdesign! Keep the great posts coming!
February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Robinson
Congrats! I enjoy the sketches and the thought process. In fact, that's what got me here.

February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterL.Vazquez
Congratulations Mike!

We all need a place to think out loud and the blogosphere is a great place for that.

Keep creating...a story worth repeating,Mike
February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Wagner
Mike,I haven't blog as long as you have but I feel the same way as you do. It's an interesting journey.-Duc
February 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDuc Ly
Thanks for all of the wonderful encouragement everyone. This really has made my week! :-)
February 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Mike,I acknowledge you for the time, commitment and quality of the site these past five years. I am not a designer, yet I feel like I've learned something new and valuable about art, tech, or life every time I visit. Your site remains in my "Best of the Best" bookmarks folder.With your commitments to a growing business and family, it's awesome you still produce such a quality blog that certainly contributes to others and makes a difference to many varied communities.Thanks for 5 great years. Here's to many more.Congratulations!!!Neil- Vancouver,BC
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Hundevad
Wow Thanks Neil! You made my week! :-)
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Congrats, Mike! In this day and age where the most blogs are abandoned after about a month, 5 years is surely a benchmark. GearBits is celebrating its fifth next month, so thanks for leading by example! :-)- Craig
February 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCraig
Thanks Craig! I now remember that your GearBits site and Michael Ashby's Weblog all started around 5 years ago. Amazing. Congrats right back at ya! :-)
February 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Great little Blog. Very inspiring for logo creation. I particularly like what you did for "Word Count Journal Identity Design" and the ProBlogger logo.

Great work! Keep it up!
March 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJ H
5 years old!? C'mon Mike, man, nobody's blog is that old. Right?

Congratulations my friend. That's an amazing achievement. Never stop taking those notes.
April 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEaston Ellsworth
Thanks Easton! I is indeed a 5 year venture, I couldn't believe it myself, but it's true. :-)
April 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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