Chris Lema and Karim Marucchi Cabo 2014

The blog post that took 21 years to write…

Even if it takes you months, take good advice from good friends

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For those of you who know me from the WordPress community, you might know that I’ve been in this business since 1994. What you might not know is that I have never had a public website of my own. I’ve followed and then come to know many of the very smart people in the WordPress community: I’ve read their blogs, met them in real life, and forged some great friendships. Along the way, most of them who write eventually ask me, “do you have a blog?” I would always find one way or another to get out of answering the question by making a quip on the anecdote of the cobbler’s children’s shoes.

As my personal and business friendship deepened with Chris Lema, he began to increasingly urge me, as far back as two years ago, to start blogging about some of my experience and outlook on managing and growing professional service firms.

I instantly agreed with him on the concept, but the minute I would sit down and actually try to write out my thoughts on the subject, they always felt incomplete, and I’d be overcome with writer’s block.

At WordCamp San Francisco in 2014, Chris did a wonderfully inspiring presentation. With the best intentions, I felt like I could finally start this blog, but as we all know, one excuse leads to another, and here we are 7 months later, and I’m finally getting a start on this.

My intention is to honor the spirit of what I have embraced entering the Open Source community in sharing my experiences, thoughts, and strategies so that I may offer them for open conversation and even better iterations by others in and outside of the Open Source community.

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In the posts to come, I hope to inspire, intrigue, and engage. While I don’t know if I’ll be able to match Chris’ inspiringly consistent posting schedule, into the breach we plunge.

So. Let’s have a conversation.



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  1. Topher on May 15, 2015 at 16:35

    Welcome friend, I look forward to everything that will happen here. 🙂

  2. Aaron on May 15, 2015 at 17:16

    Welcome to the internet sir 🙂 (see you at WordCamp Orange County?)

  3. Scott Mann on May 15, 2015 at 17:27

    I expect lots of talk about cars and stogies. And world domination.

  4. Wes on May 15, 2015 at 18:33

    Great stuff Karim! Looking forward to your updates!

  5. Matt Cromwell on May 15, 2015 at 20:15

    Love it, definitely honoring the community with your writing now, and a great start. Love the look and feel of the whole thing. Looking forward to reading and sharing.

  6. Sarah Pressler on May 15, 2015 at 20:24


    So. There’s this whole like #80DayswithLema blogging thing I started a few weeks ago…which really just me trying to like … do something productive with my blog but… yeah anyway – so you could totally hop in and join us. Or me. Or… since I haven’t blogged the 2nd post in that 80-day marathon I wanted to do… you know… you could just take over the ### and run wild with it!!

    Also your blog is SLICK!!!! I’m going to totally find out who designed it and get him to makeover 😉

  7. Bob Dunn on May 15, 2015 at 21:08

    Very cool. As I have learned over many years, it’s never too late. Looking forward to seeing what’s on the horizon…

  8. Ben on May 16, 2015 at 05:07

    Great stuff. This is will be added to my daily read list.

  9. Ryan Hellyer on May 21, 2015 at 09:00

    Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging 🙂

    I think so long as you can keep posting (even if infrequently) over time, then having a blog is an excellent idea. They’re really fun to look back on many years later

  10. Andrea Corno on May 21, 2015 at 09:22

    Now that Karim entered the community of bloggers, we can clos the door of the internet.
    No clever people are left outside 🙂

    … I mean, one day or another I will open a Blog, but that’s another story …

  11. Taylor Aldridge on May 21, 2015 at 09:55

    Congrats, Karim!
    It’s so cool to this live. I’m looking forward to hearing more of your story. 🙂

  12. Jon Brown on May 21, 2015 at 11:52

    The first post is the hardest post! Don’t mis-read that to mean they all come easy after that, just easier.

    I am really looking forward to reading every word you write here.

  13. Greg on May 21, 2015 at 13:51

    Hey Karim. Looking forward to following your thoughts and ideas, into the blogging breach!

  14. Ahmad Awais on May 21, 2015 at 15:22

    Looking forward to read more about you and learn from your experience.

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