Brian Bailey Preface to the Revised Edition

Amazing Journey

Today marks the four year anniversary of Leave It Behind! I've written nearly a thousand posts since then, but more importantly had the chance to meet and get to know a lot of wonderful people. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts through comments and emails — it's truly been an amazing journey.

Recently I was given the chance to use some of my experiences and background to help make my favorite blogging tool just a little bit better. I've been using TypePad to publish this blog since 2004, along with our new Family Reads site and a few other projects. Six Apart, the company behind TypePad and Movable Type, started a Customer Advisory Board for TypePad to help guide the software and make sure it's meeting the community's needs. They were kind enough to invite me to participate and I eagerly accepted. I love giving feedback on UI design and testing new features, and to do so for this company and this tool is a privilege (and an unpaid one at that, just to be upfront). On the plus side, I finally got to sign an NDA (no secrets for you!) and I'm holding out hope for a t-shirt.

If you're a TypePad user and have some questions or wishes you'd like me to pass along, I'm happy to do it.

Right now, I'm thinking about blogging more than actually blogging. The past six months at the coolest game startup on the planet (creators of the best game on Facebook) have been incredible. Each day is filled with new ideas, things to learn, and fantastic people. I've had the chance to think more creatively than ever before, which leaves a little less creativity to share at the end of the day. You can follow my daily thoughts at twitter.com/bb, which has become a very fun community and outlet.

I had a wonderful email conversation with my friend Julie about how blogging differs for each of us. It's something I'm still mulling over. I hope to share some of that in the near future.

In the meantime, thanks again for being part of this journey and in many ways making it possible!