Stopping, vacation and maybe goodbye

Photo by Peter Kaminski

I started this blog almost three years ago. I felt I had things to say, and more importantly, I felt I had things to think. It has been with me for all this time and has become a part of who I am, how I define myself and how I think about my life and work.

Around 400 posts later, I feel smarter and more engaged than ever. I also feel grateful, for comments, readers, recommenders and the learning that accompanied the process. This blog allowed me to connect, personally and intellectually with many people – some I have met before and interacted more deeply with, some I have never met. I am grateful to be living in times that allow me to do all that and maybe, just maybe, influence the world for the better.

Writing a blog is not an easy task. Keeping at it, around three posts every week, takes its toll, emotionally, intellectually and in terms of time. As I have been going at it mostly for myself, I now stand in a point where I have to consider if this project, with all its wonderful benefits, is still the right thing for me to do.

On August 1st, I will start working towards my Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior. This means major changes in my life and I am afraid this blog will be affected. I still don’t know how my schedule and demands are going to look like. However, I am considering devoting my full attention, both emotionally and intellectually, to the Ph.D.

At this point I am going to take a vacation from writing on this blog until September 1st, at which point I will reconsider whether I desire and am able to continue writing here. Currently, I feel like this post will be last one on this blog. I am, however, keeping my options open.

Even if I do decide to stop blogging professionally, I am sure this will be a medium I will return to in the future. I have come to a point where I am less happy when I’m not interacting with the Internet.

I want to thank all my readers and commenters for following, engaging and interacting with me. It has been a great pleasure for me to be involved in a relationship with you. I hope to meet you and interact further with you in the future.

You can always find me on Sherf.elad at and follow my other blog-project (which will continue): The Secular Bible Blog.


2010 in review at The Comparative Advantage

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 168 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 341 posts. There were 136 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 24mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 8th with 108 views. The most popular post that day was Comparing or not comparing – on the difference between excellence and success.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for success, success pictures, success images, comparative advantage, and pictures of success.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Comparing or not comparing – on the difference between excellence and success August 2009
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The biggest challenge of modern managers – managing smart people September 2009


Some management advice – treat your employees like serfs! March 2010


About September 2008


Effectiveness vs. Efficiency May 2010

Short break


The Comparative Advantage will be taking a short (early) Holiday Vacation.

I will be back soon to continue changing the way people manage people, one post at a time.

Happy holidays (whatever religion you follow).


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