Wednesday, November 10, 2010

All good things...must come to an end

After nearly two and half years, over one hundred posts, a presentation at Velocity 2010, a quote in the Wall Street Journal, an O'Reilly webinar, and immeasurable friendships, connections, and opportunities that have come as result of this blog, I am (sadly) putting the blog on indefinite hiatus. As of next week, I will be leaving my job (of nearly 10 years) and pursuing my dream of starting my own company. In that new world I do not foresee having the time necessary to give this blog the time it deserves, and so to avoid leaving it in a state of perpetual uncertainty, this will be my final post.

It saddens me to bring this site to an end. I've gotten more out of it than I could have ever hoped. Reading over my first post (as painful as that is), I am happy to see that I have met the goals I set out for myself. Things have come a long way since those days, but there is still far more to do. My biggest hope is that you as a reader have gained some nugget of useful knowledge out of my writings, and that you continue to push forward on the basic ideas of transparency, openness, and simply helping your company act more human.

In regards to my startup, I don't have a lot of details to share just yet, but if you are interested in staying up to date please follow me on twitter or LinkedIn. I can also give you my personal email address if you would like to contact me for any reason. All I can say at this point is that I will be moving to one and only city of Montreal to work with the wonderful folks at Year One Labs. Mysterious eh?

Below is a list of my favorite (and most popular) posts from the past 2+ years:

Note: If you are doing anything similar that you think readers of this blog would find useful, please let me know in the comments and I'll update this post.

Signing off,
Lenny Rachitsky (@lennysanLinkedIn)


  1. Note: I'm not taking the blog down, it will exist as it is in a state of suspended animation.

  2. Aw, man! Best of luck in your new gig, and I'm sorry to see the blog simmer down.

    At National Instruments, we found it invaluable; you did a great job of collecting key information on transparency in one place. We set up a Stashboard-based public health dashboard and patterned our downtime communication after your guidance and have seen great reaction from our users. Thanks very much for the work you did here, it came in very useful.

    Don't be a stranger though, if you happen across cool transparency stuff and have a spare minute, do post more.

  3. Lenny, thanks for all the work on transparency on this blog and I wish you an exciting time at your new venture. Do let us know what it entails once you can tell us more!

    It would be a pity to leave this blog in a "state of suspended animation" as you say. Although quite useful as a reference as is, it would be great if you could updated it with more posts about transparency on uptime and performance.

    We have been working on transparency for quite a while too with our customers, inspired by dashboards of Google, Amazon and others, and implemented transparency dashboards at companies and organisations like Twitter,, Wordpress, Wikipedia, and many more. I also wrote an article on this subject recently at Readwriteweb: doing a bit of missionary work ourselves.

    A thought: how about transforming this blog just a bit and make it into a platform for more stories, examples, and views that many people contribute to?
    I'd be happy to be a co-editor, keep list of examples (status pages, post mortems by companies, technologies) or write some posts now and then, whatever is useful.
    Others could join in too to keep it an ongoing and lively blog. Would that work?

    Stan P. van de Burgt

  4. Stan, email me at lennysan at gmail so we can talk.

  5. Any word on this? We'd be happy to submit a case study to an "open" transparent uptime blog!

  6. Lenny,
    amazing blog, Syntenic would love to sponsor if this helps keep it active

  7. @theagileadmin: There are a few things in the works, stay tuned...

    @Ian: Interesting offer...lets talk offline

  8. I am really glad to read it and being able to share my thoughts on it. I want to use this opportunity to say that I really love this blog. It is an amazing resource of information for my working. Thank you so much.