It was December 26th, 2007 that on a whim I decided to start this blog. My first post was just something that happened to be going on at the time. Nothing special and nothing really interesting. I wasn’t sure what to make of A Continuous Lean. I wasn’t even really sold on the name, but I stuck with it and eventually it grew on me. My first big break came twenty three days in, when The New York Times blog “The Moment” picked up a post I wrote about Vampire Weekend. That same post made its way to Men.Style.com and ACL was, as they say, in business. Over the past year of blogging I was able to figure out where exactly I wanted to go with ACL. I tried to post five days a week if possible and always felt guilty if I went a day without posting. Although ACL proved to be a massive time suck over the past twelve months, I wouldn’t trade the friendships the site has brought me for anything.
I want to send out a note of thanks to all of the people that have supported ACL over the past year. Randy Goldberg, Benjamin Ferencz, Russell Brandon, Gabriel Bell, Jeff Carvalho, Nick Schonberger, David Fischer, Ryan Willms, Joanna Goddard, Hollister Hovey, David Coggins, Jared Flint, John Tinseth, Tim McKenzie, Paul Underwood, Matthew Schneier, Jonathan Durbin, Josh Peskowitz, Christian Chensvold, Rosecrans Bawdwin, Jonathan Paul, Steven Watson, Michael Macko, Eugene Tong, Erica Cerulo, Ryan Wenzel, Meredith Goldblatt, Andy Comer, Michael Hainey, Corey Wilson, James Jung, Andy Beach, Jeremy Dean, Brian Awitan, Josh Moore, Aaron Stern, Scott Solish, Cory Ohlendorf, Harry Sheff and Leslie Price.
It is important to also send a big thank you to my business partner Ali Paul for being so supportive and always listening to me talk (read: drone on) about ACL. Not to mention Stefanie Rogers who has to deal with it five days a week live and in person. Thanks to both of you for being such good sports.
Most of all I should thank you the readers for coming back and creating a community around ACL. There are a lot of exciting things on the horizon that I am excited to share with you all when the time is right. Until then, keep on keelpin’ on!