10,000 Posts … And Some Of Them Even Made Sense!

January 18, 2024 by Dave Haynes

This is post number 10,000 on Sixteen:Nine, with coverage dating all the way back to early February 2006.

I started doing this as a bit of an outlet for my frustration with the word salad nonsense that passed for industry thought leadership way-way-way back then. I had already been in the sector for seven years by 2006 (yup), and I knew how to write and edit from my dark past as a print journalist. So I thought, “I’ll do this little thing, just for giggles.”

I never thought:

  1. I’d be doing this for years and years;
  2. It would get a following;
  3. It would genuinely pay the bills, and be a real job;
  4. I could sell it … like a legit company.

But here we are! A couple of years ago I had a developer tweak the site to include a counter on the sidebar that told readers (and much more to the point, me) what the post count was at. Before that, I’d look once in a while and see, “Oh, I just passed 6,500 posts!” Or whatever. Now I always know.

My vague idea was that when I got to 10,000, I’d wind it down. BUT … I’m still happy, healthy and interested, so I’m sticking with it a bit longer. I don’t think I’ll get to 20,000 though. ;-]

Thanks to all those who make Sixteen:Nine a reading habit, and to all the companies through the years that have been supporters – most notably Screenfeed, which has advertised on Sixteen:Nine and sponsored the podcast since the Cretaceous Period. And thanks, as well, to Sixteen:Nine’s backers and good new friends – Spectrio.

Now back to work … ISE is coming up very soon!

  1. Jackie Walker says:

    Congratulations, Dave! You are an invaluable source of news, insight, and a healthy dose of snark. Thanks for being a bright light in this industry!

    1. Dave Haynes says:

      Thanks Jackie. Great to see you at DSE!

  2. Jeremy Gavin says:

    Thanks for creating a storyline for this little industry of ours Dave. It’s been fun to see the blog/podcast grow along with the industry.

    We’ve all grown up a bit and the industry is a bit like a kid gone off to college as it spreads into other industries and we become a little less of a consolidated group of professionals.

    Your blog and DSF are something providing a sense of togetherness.

    1. Dave Haynes says:

      Thanks Jeremy … your support was and is a big reason why I could keep on doing this thing all these years!

  3. Carre Bistline says:

    For many, many years, I enjoyed your comments during our small industry gatherings. With your Blog, you are a true source of information that decipher through all of the PR hype and gave us readers real insight. Thank you Dave!

  4. Jay Zimmerman says:

    Congratulation on 10,000 Dave. The 10,000 mark proves you’re an expert! Thank you for the valuable and fun information you have provided over the years.

  5. Dovydas Stukas says:

    Congratulations Dave! More than 12yrs already I find your posts very insightful & inspiring. See U in Barcelona!

  6. David Drain says:

    I’ve been a reader for years. You help us know what is worth paying attention to. Cheers!

  7. David Curtis says:

    Your site has been a must-read every day since the first day I started reading! Congratulations on 10,000!

  8. Florian Rotberg says:

    Congratulations Dave – it’s honour for invidis to be your European content partner. And we share your pain of delivering hand-made quality journalism in a GenAI world.

    1. Dave Haynes says:

      Original content in a copy and paste world!

  9. Brad Gleeson says:

    What an accomplishment. I’ve always appreciated your perspective and authenticity. You are great at exposing what’s behind the marketing glitz. Kee up the good work. (So much better than having a real job :>P )

  10. Wes Dixon says:

    Congratulations Dave! “Top of the world, Ma”

  11. Chuck Billups says:

    Now you can put one of those 10K stickers on your car!

    1. Dave Haynes says:

      That would go over REALLY well around here 🙂

  12. Danny Hagen says:

    You are the real deal, Dave.
    The best part is you say what most of us are thinking AND you get away with it!
    I love it!

  13. Matthew Davies says:

    Congratulations, Dave. Your deep knowledge of the sector has helped us make the Digital Signage Awards the powerful annual stock take that it has become.
    Keep on doing what you do so well … with some snark, too!

  14. Peter Livesey says:

    Some achievement Dave!
    Your obvious love for the industry and your impartiality are the keys to your large following. Your dry (almost British) wit is a bonus!
    Well done.

    1. Dave Haynes says:

      Thanks Peter … genes … grandparents are Liverpool and various places in Scotland … latter probably explains all kinds of things 🙂

  15. Jay Leedy says:

    Congrats Dave!
    You have served as a a great source of insight, industry gossip and B.S. filter for my entire time in the industry and I for one am immensely grateful for Sixteen:Nine’s podcasts in addition to the articles. You help all of your readers be smarter about this industry, and the tone of irreverence is always appreciated as well.

    See you in Barça!

    1. Dave Haynes says:

      Thanks Jay … safe travels to Spain!

  16. Tim Vance says:

    Congrats Dave!
    Wow…10,000. It seems like just a couple of years have passed… Dam – thanks for making us all feel just a little bit older…
    Keep it coming Dave, and yes we appreciate the snark.

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