Sources of Insight is Three Years Old



“Time flies when you’re having fun.”

Sources of Insight is three years old as of Sep 1st, 2011.  A year ago, I posted that Sources of Insight is Two Years Old.

Slow and steady wins the race?  We’ll see.  Sources of Insight is less of a race, and more of an exploration in making the most of what you’ve got.  It’s all about personal empowerment and putting the world’s best insight and action at your finger tips, drawing from books, people, and quotes.  I’ve revamped the About page to reflect the focus with more clarity.

Interestingly, I think my book, Getting Results the Agile Way, overshadowed Sources of Insight this past year.  A lot of readers throughout the year sent me email about how they’ve used Getting Results to make big changes in their life.   From teachers, to artists, to restaurant owners, it’s been helping people ignite their life, and find their way forward.  I’m a fan of helping people flourish, so it’s great to see.

Stats at a Glance
In the last year, I added more than a 1000, subscribers (I’m now in the 3,800 range), but I’ve doubled monthly visitors.  Last year I was at 30,000 a month, and I’m now at 60,000+ a month, and I can pretty much count on ~2,000 visitors a day.

While I’ve had solid growth, I have yet to do the things I know that create exponential growth.  That’s for this year.
Three Things Going Well

  1. 101 Lists.  My 101 Lists have turned out to be more popular than I expected.  My 101 Questions that Empower You went viral.  One of the most powerful and touching responses, was this post on The Way Forward, by Katherine, where she wrote “… the questions it provides will hopefully come in handy to look within my soul and discover what I need. I plan to answer one with each post and allow them to take me where they may.”
  2. Great Books, Great People, Great Quotes.  I continued to invest here, and my collections are growing.  Great Books is a collection of hand-picked books that help you get results for various topics.  Great People is a collection of lessons learned from insightful people.  If you haven’t seen these, you might take a look at Lessons Learned from Steve JobsGreat Quotes is a collection of insightful, actionable, and meaningful quotes for different topics.  My quotes collections put the wisdom from Aristotle, Buddha, Covey, Lao-Tzu, Mark Twain, and more, right at your finger tips.
  3. The People.  It’s been a great year for meeting and connecting with new people from all walks of life.  I’ve met a bunch more best-selling authors, and insightful people.  One of the more interesting projects is helping a former billionaire birth his book.  I’ve learned a lot in the process, and I’m actually helping a few people bring their books to life.  I should write some posts to help more people write their books.

Three Things to Improve

  1. Growth.  If I want to scale my impact, I have to focus on growth.  To do this, it means I need to focus on guest posting.   There are other ways too, but if I want to streamline it, that will be the most effective.
  2. Mailing List.  If I want to really grow and expand Sources of Insight, I should create and grow a mailing list.  This will not only give me a more direct connection with readers, but will also help me think in terms of “the business of Sources of Insight.”  Aside from that, I like email for really sharing more insight in a conversational, newsletter sort of way.
  3. 30 Day Boot Camps.  I need to do more of these.  My 30 Days of Getting Results was probably one of the most impactful things I’ve done on Sources of Insight.  30 Day Boot Camps are really powerful for making amazing changes, and I based them on the idea of Monthly Improvement Sprints in Getting Results the Agile Way.

What’s Next?
I’m going to continue investing in building collections of great books, great people, and great quotes.  I think it’s one of the best ways to empower you.  I’ll also be adding articles to my new Articles directory.  I will probably do some more free eBooks, and start on some new books, as well.   And, I’ll continue to bring you some interesting guest posters.  I don’t want to spill the beans just yet, but I do have some very interesting guest posts coming in the very near future.

I’m also going to do some spin off projects on some key areas of focus.  One of the problems that deeply troubles me is helping people make a living in today’s changing world.  I see way too many people losing the jobs they knew, the life they knew, and having trouble meeting their basic needs, including shelter and healthcare.   One of the best pieces of advice I got from somebody is “hate the problem, love the customer, ship stuff.”  Well, I hate the problem and I’m going to do something about it, and it will be along the lines of personal empowerment.

Call to Action
A lot of the growth of Sources of Insight is because of you.  You’ve shared Sources of Insight with a friend, and they’ve shared it with friends.  I thank you for that, and I hope Sources of Insight continues to be a source of insight, inspiration, and action to help more people lead a better life.

I have two asks:

  1. Share Sources of Insight with ten more friends.  Share it with people with a passion for more from life.  That’s important.  I want Sources of Insight to be an arena for people that really want more from life.  Good energy is contagious and I want the garden to bloom.
  2. Share your feedback with me.   While I am on a mission, I am always looking for feedback to help shape the way forward for Sources of Insight.   Whether you want to share with me your hopes, your dreams, your passions, or your big hairy challenges, or just things you’d like to see more of on Sources of Insight, send them my way.  The true power of Sources of Insight is keeping it real, while also taking a balcony view … onward and upward.

Photo by Wonderlane.


  1. Hi JD. If you’d like to post a guest post on my blog you would be welcome – though my blog at the moment is low traffic so it may not be worth your time.

    My big challenge at the moment is making my living doing what I love. I want to become wealthy this way and work part-time only for money. (Lots of ideas on what else to do and how to use the money to make a positive difference.)

    Congratulations on the three years.

  2. Hey J.D.
    Congratulations on your continued progress and success. Two questions: what do you plan to do with all that reach and influence and how much time do you allocate to reading (excluding Microsoft work related materials) each week.

  3. @ Positively Present — Thank you!

    @ Evan — Thank you. I may take you up on your offer.

    I plan to directly address the challenge of making a living doing what you love. There are a lot of pieces of the puzzle to put together, but it’s a problem worth solving.

    @ Riley — Thank you.

    Good questions …
    1. Share and scale cross-cutting skills for life. For me, life’s better when everybody is leading a better life … family, friends, and more. In my experience, sharing and scaling skill has a ripple effect that’s exponential.
    2. In general it’s about an hour a day, but on Saturday or Sunday, it’s easy to range from none to four or eight or more. I can cover a lot of ground in books in 20 minute chunks of time.

    I do have a planned series of books, but I need to build my channel and platform to make the most impact.

    @ Alik — Thank you! Now it’s time to get this party started.

  4. @ Jimmy — Thank you. It’s a labor of love, and a continuous work in progress, with the aim of flowing value along the way.

  5. Congratulations J.D. on three years! Outstanding. That’s definitely an inspiration to me, as I’m new in my own blogging venture. Thanks for paving the way, being a model, and giving me hope that living my vision IS possible.

  6. Hi JD, that’s a big blogging birthday – you have a year on me:) Congratulations. It’s amazing what you’ve achieved and all the incredible knowledge and wisdom you’re sharing here. Loved reading the impressive growth story you share here and well-deserved.

    I’ve just tweeted you out to about 3,000 people and have also added you under featured sites on Get In the Hot Spot. I hope that helps make a few new connections.

    I think guest posting is the best way to get more targeted readers and if you need any advice or help you know where to find me:)

    Of course you’re welcome to guest post on GITHS any time. Or we could try a swap:)

    Keep up the great blogging:) I know you will!

  7. Hi JD .. that’s great – congratulations on life beyond the 3 years .. you’ve really achieved loads and garnered our respect with your attitude to life and giving back.

    It’d be great if you’d combine some of the things above and give us some associated posts on them … which you’ve set out in your spin-off projects ..

    .. that term “hate the problem, love the customer, ship the stuff” .. is so true ..

    I have yet to get out your Getting the Results the Agile Way book – I will.

    Love the thoughts you’ve put across here and the fact that you can filter down to your goals .. looking forward to reading more .. cheers – and enjoy the last 2 days of Labour Day Weekend .. Hilary

  8. Hi JD
    You always provide such useful content and really put a lot of heart and thought into your content.
    Thank you!

  9. Hi JD,
    Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary. Your stats are off the charts my friend. I hope after three years of blogging I am at where you are.

    How many posts have you written in three years?

  10. Hi J.D.

    Congratulations on the three years!!! Yay! You’re such an inspiration. You were actually the first one to reach out to me and suggest I guest post for you. I cannot tell you how much that meant. It gave me the confidence to approach other bloggers with guest posts. Thank you so much (you’ll always be my first, ha, ha.)

    Here’s to the next 3 *clinks glasses*


  11. @ Sean — Thank you. Best wishes on your blogging adventures ahead.

    @ Annabel — Thank you. The insight you share along your blogging adventures is always insightful, refreshing, and amazingly valuable.

    Thank you for spreading the word. Karma smiles brightly.

    A swap would be great.

    @ Hilary — Thank you. I think this year is a significant inflection point. It’s time to spread my wings in some new ways.

    @ Juliet — Thank you. “Useful” is a driving force behind my posts.

    @ Justin — Thank you. I hope you leap past my stats with skill. In fact, one way I can probably help that along is write a post to share my lessons learned in blogging in the not too distant future.

    @ Melody — Thank you. I knew you had a gift that just had to be shared with more people. Your guest post hit a sweet spot on multiple levels.

    You already had a tribe of raving fans, but it felt like I got the chance to discover and share you with yet another circle of friends with a passion for more from life.

  12. Hey JD,
    when visiting i was lucky to stumble upon one of your comments on her post-that was like four months back,forward to the present and i have your blog saved on my home page so as to learn something new from this knowledge treasure i found everytime i open my browser.
    thanks JD for such an inspiring,resourceful and practical blog!!

  13. @ Justin — In regard to number of posts, ~500.

    @ Joseph — Thank you. We have more time ahead of us than behind us, and I look forward to sharing more insight and action in the future.

  14. Congratulations, JD! And with all the traffic and activity you have going on, I’m honored you have taken the time to connect and visit my blog. Keep up the inspiration!

  15. Hi JD,

    Happy Belated Birthday!

    I always find your blog very inspiring and think that your support of other bloggers is great.
    The idea of a mailing list is great – I am almost the opposite from you, my newsletter is my main point of content with readers, so my goal is to step up the blogging while continuing with the newsletter!

    I’d love to hear more about bringing a book to life:)

    Best wishes,

  16. @ Angie — Thank you. You know how to flow the good stuff and make it worth the trip.

    @ Kate — Thank you. I really like the idea of a mailing list. It’s not quite a walled garden, but it seems like another way to transcend the bounds of the day to day blog.

    I’ll share what I’ve learned bringing books to life.

  17. Hi JD,

    I’m a regular subscriber and I’ve always loved your writing, wisdom and the especially, the thing that stands out most for me, is the quality of your posts. I can tell you spend a lot of time and energy on them.

    Congratulations on the continued growth and here’s to another 3 awesome years!


  18. @ Amit — Thank you. I think this will be a year of transformation (and I happen to be in the business of business transformation during my day job.)

  19. Hi Rick,

    Congrats on the milestone.

    One area I’d like to see posts on is helping people who don’t want the help or don’t realize they need it. We’re all naturally resistant to external feedback. What are the right strategies to approach such people, whether its someone close to you or a stranger?


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