5,000th post

This is the 5,000th post on Ask a Manager since the site launched in 2007.

When I started the site eight years ago, I thought I had about six months of posts in me, and had no idea if anyone would send in any questions.

Today, the site gets 50+ questions a day, 2 million visits a month, and Money, Time, Fast Company, and Inc. are all syndicating Ask a Manager content.

It’s exciting! Thanks for being part of it.

{ 148 comments… read them below }

  1. John*

    Congratulations! You are providing a great public service. This site is fun and informative.

  2. KTGab*

    Awesome milestone! Congrats Alison, and thanks for everything you do here. I know you’ve helped so many people, myself included!

  3. Colorado*

    Congrats Alison! You are truly a gem! Informative, funny, serious, and you really provide a great service that’s second to none!

  4. Dawn*

    YAYYYY! I love this site and recommend it to everyone. It’s helped me and all of my friends countless times! Thanks for all you do, and here’s to 5,000 more posts!

  5. Future Analyst*

    Wahoo! Thanks for sharing all of this with us– this has truly been an invaluable resource to me, and I recommend it to anyone who will listen. :)

  6. Hellanon*

    Congratulations! It’s a phenomenal site – my compliments to AAM & the commenters too.

  7. Josh S*

    Congratulations, and I hope your success continues for as long as you desire!

    Your workplace advice is easily the best, most practical, and most sensible out there. Thanks for bringing sanity to a world that too often lacks it!

    1. Roly Poly Little Bat Faced Girl*

      Or at least a golden Barbie.

      Alison, your site is the best resource on the web. Thank you!

  8. Katie the Fed*

    Thank YOU, Alison! I’d be tormenting my underlings a lot more if it weren’t for your sound advice.

  9. LBK*

    Hooray! I’ve been reading and commenting for just over a year now and I can’t overstate enough how much it’s become integrated into my life, both in terms of time spent on the site and in how it’s shaped the way I think about work and my career. I’ve even picked up some things I use in my personal life. Thank you for continuing to provide this amazing resource and for hosting what I believe is hands down the best community on the internet. Here’s to another 5000 posts!

  10. it happens*

    Thank you for providing a sensible, courteous space for people to discuss work and life.
    Now on to 10,000!

  11. mina*

    Awesome Sauce! I have learned so much here about the proper way to conduct myself professionally.

  12. Traveler*

    Congrats Alison! This site is amazing. Thank you so much for providing solid advice for so many years.

  13. Emily, admin extraordinaire*

    Thank you, Alison! I’ve been a reader since 2008, when you were still anonymous! I’ve learned so much and had so much fun, and I hope you never retire! ;)

  14. Joshua*

    I’ve been reading AAM since before I entered the workforce. It has definitely shaped my career so far – I don’t know where I’d be without it. Thanks for everything Alison!

  15. kozinskey*

    Congratulations! I’m so glad I stumbled across this site last year. Thanks for providing such a great resource for job-holders and job-hunters alike!

  16. nep*

    Congratulations, Alison. You provide a great service here — both your brilliant insights and advice, and your engendering a forum for always intelligent, thought-provoking discussion. Thanks, all.

  17. puddin*

    I just referred this site to a friend who was recently laid off. She was so impressed – as I was when I first ran across it from a Business Journal article.

    You have created a relevant and straightforward advice site with a respectful comment community – this is no easy feat! Congrats Alison!

  18. Colleen*

    Congratulations! This is a site that both informs and entertains me–it’s the highlight of my weekdays. I’ve used your advice in job searches (my cover letters are so much better now) and have recommended friends do the same. AAM is a true goldmine of information. Thank you, Alison.

  19. Bangs not Fringe*

    Congratulations! Your current posts and the wealth of archives have been helping me wade through a year of a not-so-great position. And I’ve learned much when it comes to finding a new one, from writing cover letters to looking out for the red flags so that I don’t end up in a similarly bad situation. Looking forward to 5,000 more! ;)

  20. Adam*

    Congratulations on all your hard work! You’ve helped me immensely with my job search and in turn at least two more of my friends. Here’s hoping your message spreads even further!

  21. Apollo Warbucks*

    Thanks Alison !

    This is without doubt my favourite site on the internet, you should be really proud of what you’ve created here and the community you’ve brought together. It’s rare to find such a kind and considerate group of people to interact with.

  22. Meg Murry*

    Yay! I love this site, it’s so helpful and useful. I’ve been through a lot of the archives, but I’ve never made it all the way back to the very beginning – I guess I knew the site had been around for a while, but I didn’t realize it was 2007. Although I suspect in 2007 I may not have been ready to hear what you were saying – I learned an awful lot of things the hard way between then and now.

  23. Kay*

    Congratulations! One of the best sites on the web, hands-down. Here’s to 5,000 more posts!

  24. Emmie*

    Congratulations! Your blog is on my must read daily list along with my favorite news websites. You do a fantastic job posting engaging relevant content with thoughtful broad work applicable advice. Cannot wait to read your 5 millionth post!

  25. AllieJ*

    Thank you for providing such a wonderful service! This site has been immensely helpful to me and I recommend it to everyone, but especially young professionals. Thank you!

    1. AndersonDarling*

      I was about to say the same thing!
      Alison, you have really provided a great service to all employees, and I honestly think you have made the world a better place by showing people that they can leave crummy jobs and you give them the tools to do so. You have helped so many people by sharing your knowledge. Thank you!

  26. cuppa*

    Hooray! Thanks for doing what you do, Alison. I’ve learned so much and it’s made me a better employee and manager.

  27. Mimmy*

    Congratulations Alison!! I’ve been reading for about 4 years I think but wish I’d known about this site from the get-go because that was around the time I was struggling in my job. Your no-nonsense but down-to-earth advice probably would’ve been a huge help and I’d be still rocking it today! (well, maybe, lol).

    Shout out also to the awesome commenters here. We’ve learned a lot from each other as well.

    1. ThursdaysGeek*

      I’ve only been reading about 2.5 years, and I wish I’d found the site about 30 years ago! :) It’s a great community and an awesome blog, so congratulations.

      Getting great job advice near the end of my career reminds me of when the first word processors arrived at my college — right after I wrote my last college term paper on that old beater typewriter.

      But I still enjoy reading and learning anyway. Thank you.

    2. AnonAnalyst*

      I totally agree with all of this! I’m generally happy with the career decisions I’ve made in the last 5-7 years but I sometimes wonder if I would have done things differently if I had had the perspectives back then that Alison and the commentariat provide.

      I’m just happy I stumbled across this site during my last job search 3 years ago! I’ve learned a lot, and reading the posts (even if I can’t read all the comments, which makes me sad) is always a staple of my workday (and often a highlight!)

      Congratulations Alison! Here’s to 5000 more!

  28. Michael*

    Thank you so much for all you do, Allison! I have been reading this blog avidly for months. Since then, my job search has picked up – people are actually calling me for interviews – and I helped my husband negotiate an extra $3,000 worth of salary at his new job…the company said yes! We owe it all to your fabulous blog.

  29. hildi*

    Congrats!! Your success here kind of reminds me of HONY. It’s one of those things that just keeps growing and growing because of the quality involved. Double bonus that on AAM it’s also incredibly practical and useful advice!

  30. Stackson*

    Congratulations! You have helped so many people with your site, and I actually just had a phone interview yesterday that went very well, thanks to your excellent advice!

  31. SaraV*

    Woo hoo! Who would’ve thunk seeing this site mentioned on PurseBlog about two years ago would be such a help.

    Congrats Allison!

  32. Lucy*

    Congratulations! This site has been such a wonderful resource, and you have the only comments section I go out of my way to read :)

  33. PennyLane*

    Congrats! I started reading regularly about six months ago and this is easily one of my top 5 favorite blogs to read every day. I’ve recommended this to people (including just this week on my own blog) and provided advice to friends based on your advice. You’re providing such a service and education.

  34. Jane*

    Thanks so much Alison. Your site helped me decide to apply for and land my dream job. I appreciate your writing and advice, as well as the thoughtful, considerate community you’ve helped create.

  35. Carrie in Scotland*

    Congratulations Alison!

    You’ve made me a better employee – here’s to the next milestone!

  36. 42*

    Happy 5000!! What a great feeling when outcomes exceed expectations. Here’s to the next 5000; Mazel Tov!

  37. BRR*

    Congratulations! But even more thank you! You and this site are directly responsible for me getting my current job and will be responsible for the jobs I get in the future.

    This site has taught me how to write a cover letter and resume, how terrible the job hunting advice out there is, how to interview, how to behave in an office, how an office functions (or at least should function), and I could really go on forever. It has also provided me a great support system as I go through my current troubles at work. I hope you know how much help you have given people.

  38. Nina*

    Congratulations, Allison. AAM has become a part of my daily routine and a truly valuable resource. Cheers to you!

  39. Sadsack*

    I really appreciate all of the advice and humor I find here, thanks to you and your readers!

  40. Aussie Teacher*

    Thank you for this invaluable site, your brilliant advice and especially the tactful but straightforward scripts you include in nearly every post. I have totally revamped my resume and cover letter thanks to you, and am actually considering moving into education management thanks to nearly 4 years of daily-AAM-ing!! Love this site and the commenters too – congratulations on this milestone!

  41. JC*

    Congratulations! I stumbled upon Ask A Manager when I was job-hunting in 2012. It is now the only website I regularly check every day.

  42. Lead, Follow or Get Outta the Way!*

    Allison, you ROCK! It’s so refreshing to hear the common sense answers you give, the talking points you provide and your ever so thoughtful but REAL insight you provide. As for many others, this is a daily stop during the work week for me and I sing your praises to anyone who will listen. Congratulations!

  43. MM*

    Congrats!! I found your blog back in 2009 when I had zero job prospects and was desperate to find out what I was doing wrong. I remember reading each post all the way back to 2007 – I doubt there’s one I haven’t read since. I have followed it almost daily since, bought the ebooks, had a bunch of my own questions answered, and read some really interesting (and sometimes crazy) stories along the way. I credit my getting a job, progressing in my career, and my overall professionalism to your blog. I really do. Thank you for being such a wonderful resource. I truly believe your advice has helped bring me where I am in my career today.

  44. Muriel Heslop*

    Congratulations! You are providing an amazing service! I love referring people to this site!

  45. Alex*

    Amazing!!! Thank you so much for all you do! This is the single website I’ve continued to read every day for years now. I’ve referred so many people and learned so much.

  46. AMG*

    No, thank you for helping to make me a better person and better able to provide for my family! Congratulations to you!

  47. ZSD*

    Congratulations! And THANK YOU for all the great advice you’ve given us so far! I refer everyone to this site.

  48. Jessica (the celt)*

    I recommend your site to people all of the time, because you have such reasonable advice for employees and managers. I love that you’re so active in the comments, because yours is the only website where I regularly read the comments, because I know it isn’t going to devolve into a bunch of hate-spewing. (And yet you encourage us to have fun and discuss differing opinions, which has created an amazing community. Thank you!)

  49. SwissTeapot*

    Congratulations! Thank you for all the great advice you’re given and shared. I’ve not only learned a great deal of what’s appropriate and what’s not, but also tried to follow your to-the-point-but-still-kind approach when giving advice to other people.

  50. AtrociousPink*

    Congratulations! Your blog is so addictive; it’s the one I never skip reading even when I’m snowed under with work. I always find that 2 minutes to catch up on Ask a Manager. I’m pleased you’ve had the success you deserve.

  51. The Other Dawn*


    I have to say, this site has been a Godsend for me. I spent many years (17!) in one tiny company and thought for the most part Management was great and we did things “the way they should be done.” Now that I’ve been reading this site for the last 3 years? Not so much. It’s helped me navigate some situations, and instruct me on how to navigate if others should arise. It’s also shown me what a great manager looks like, which I strive to be everyday. When I find myself doing something not-so-great, I automatically thing, “What would AAM and the readers do/say?” Many times that prompts me to change whatever not-so-great thing I’m doing, or thinking of doing. And I love the open threads!

  52. Prismatic Professional*

    Congratulations! Thank you so much for all your insight and help! I’d also like to thank you for creating such a great commenting community! I actually read the comments on your site and am regularly entertained and educated. :-)

  53. Hermoine Granger*

    Congrats! Lots of great questions, zany work situations, and good advice over the years. I wish you much continued success.

  54. bkanon*

    Congratulations! This is a great site, with fantastic commenters, and such helpful advice. One of the few places online that I visit every day.

  55. NoCalHR*

    Yay Allison! AAM is my all-time favorite professional blog, and I recommend it to everyone – at the office, leading workshops, commenting other places in espace. Here’s to continued success!!

  56. Golden Yeti*

    Congratulations and thank you to Alison for having the courage to make such a great site happen!

    I also think it’s a great testament to Alison to see the calibre of commenters we have here. People here have the best intentions and are genuinely kind and helpful. It has been a great sounding board and venting board for me personally, as I’m seeking something better for myself.

    Thanks again to Alison and everyone who helps make Ask A Manager great!

  57. CrazyCatLady*

    Congratulations! I love your site and it’s been extremely helpful to me. My husband laughs at me because I force myself to stay awake until your midnight post is posted!

  58. Laurel Gray*

    Congrats! Love this blog – there’s so much knowledge and help for job searching and workplace navigation from both you and commenters. And so much entertainment!

  59. Kiribitz*

    Congratulations! I credit this blog for keeping my brain semi-into the workforce which is much needed as I am currently as SAHM and the rest of my brain is slowly turning into mush.

  60. Stranger than fiction*

    Congratulations Alison! And thanks for being an inspiration to someone who’s practically allergic to being assertive (I’m getting a bit better at it every day)

  61. A good old canuck*

    Congrats Alison! This is the one time I wish the post had a “like” button.

  62. Queue*

    Congratulations! AAM is a part of my daily reading and conversations with friends, family, and colleagues.

  63. Sarah Nicole*

    Yay, congrats, Alison! This is my favorite blog and I read it every day. It has helped me so much! I have also recommended it to friends and family on so many occasions. Thanks for all you do!

  64. E.R.*

    Congrats! I first came to this site in 2011 after googling a question like “do I have to accept a job offer?” after the most horrifying interview of my life (I was unemployed at the time). I’ve been coming to this site almost daily ever since, and recommend it to folks all the time.

  65. brightstar*


    I’ve been reading for a little over 4 years and this site has been a huge help to me and for that, thank you. From when I was looking for a job (for 3 years) it helped me with my resume and cover letters. To now, where I supervise a department and regularly try to implement your advice. It’s helped me in interviews, and even in my personal life in how to communicate better. Thanks again!

  66. No Longer Passing By*

    Congrats, Alison. Thank you for providing such a valuable service. As a member of a small family company, there were many times that I had questions on the appropriate way to handle certain issues with peers, subordinates, and supervisors. Although I mostly lurked and did not participate, this website has provided me with alternate viewpoints, possible policies, sample scripts, and just plain good advice. The commentariat are intelligent, articulate, and have diverse work experiences, which also has been helpful. I appreciate your hard work and creating a zone where so many people that I’ve come to respect from afar can gather.

  67. The Other Katie*

    Congrats!! Here’s to 5,000 more. Thanks for all that you do, you’ve helped so many people (myself included!).

  68. YandO*

    I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but Alison and your blog have changed my life. I used to be fearful and timid when it comes to job search and now I actually have confidence and know my value.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  69. louise*

    It *is* exciting! I love that you let us be part of it, through ask the readers posts, interviewing interesting people posts, and taking our feedback and interacting with us in the comments. I feel like you’re one of those friendly celebrities that I could totally approach if I saw you in an airport.*

    *Please let me know if that’s not okay and I’ll hold back. :)

  70. The Cosmic Avenger*

    Cool! Remember that thread this week about internet use at work, and a bunch of us said that AAM is our “professional development” time? I wasn’t joking. Reading AAM really helps me handle specific work situations, and I feel like I’m doing a better job because of what I’ve read and discussed here.

  71. Panda Bandit*

    Thank you for making such an informative and awesome blog. It’s a fantastic resource and it’s very much needed because people don’t explain or teach many of these things. I’ve learned a lot and I keep referring people back here because this is something everyone should be reading.

  72. Dr. Speakeasy*

    Congrats! This site makes me a better prof because while “how to get a job” isn’t my subject matter, it is definitely information my students can use.

  73. Cath in Canada*

    Congratulations Alison, and thank you for all the awesome content! I’m sure my manager thanks you too, and my future direct reports, should I ever acquire any :)

    Thank you to all the awesome commenters, too. I learn something new here every day!

  74. Lamington*

    Yay Allison! I don’t always comment but I’m a loyal reader. You are my go-to guru for work issues. Congrats!

  75. Wakeen's Teapots Ltd.*

    Yes well, I’d like you to know that I have started SEVERAL blogs, not just one.

    (My current estimate is that I’ll need to start approx 1250 blogs to reach 5000 posts total…..)

    Congratulations on the follow through!!

    xo you’re the best!

  76. daily reader*

    Wow, that’s awesome; I love this site and recommend it constantly. Enjoy the success!

  77. OpusAna*

    Your thorough, thoughtful advice is so appreciated and your scripts for those difficult conversations are incredibly helpful. You are performing a great service for many, daily(!), Thank you!

  78. Amber Rose*

    Woo! Thanks so much for sticking with it, I have learned a TON from you and the community.

  79. AvonLady Barksdale*

    Congratulations!!!! Here’s to 5000 more… unless you retreat to the woods with a stack of books first. :)

  80. A Cita*

    Congrats and well deserved! I’ve been a devoted follower since 2009 and I recommend this site to everyone (which of course has led me to change my comment name here and reveal fewer details/comment less–but all in the good cause of promoting sound management and candidate support!).

    You are the signal.


  81. danr*

    Adding Congratulations and a Mazel Tov! I wish I had found AAM earlier since I missed the first years, but I’ve continually recommended it to others who are just starting out in the world of work and job hunting.

  82. Liza*

    I’m adding my voice to the congratulations and the thanks! I’ve learned so many things from your posts and from other commenters. I even have a running document called “AskAManager tidbits” where I make note of things I learn here that I particularly want to remember! (With attribution, of course. I don’t know anyone’s real name except Alison’s, but I can say “Commenter ___ wrote…”)

  83. Windchime*

    I can honestly say that this is the only website that I visit, without fail, every single day. I came home from work early today and am sitting outside on my patio, and the first thing I pulled up on my laptop is AAM. I stumbled across this site several years ago and never looked back. I purchased Alison’s book for my son when he was having a hard time with finding a job.

    In short, I’m a huge fan. Thanks for all you do, Alison!

  84. Today's anon*

    Congratulations!!! I don’t remember how I found your blog but I’ve learned so much from it. Thank you.

  85. Ask a Manager* Post author

    Thanks, y’all! This is all very nice.

    I thought I was doing a big reveal by mentioning all the syndication (most of which is fairly new) — is no one excited? I am excited :)

    Seriously, though, thank you!

    1. Not So NewReader*

      You deserve that recognition (in the form of syndication), Alison. It’s long overdue. You know what you are talking about and you offer clear, easy-to-understand advice day after day after day….
      I have said it before and I will stand by this opinion: you have done more to help people get jobs and retain jobs than our government/our schools ever thought about doing. When other people were tearing down workers and companies, you were trying build them up and make them stronger. Because as we all know, we all need to eat and have a roof over our heads, you keep that basic thought at the forefront of your thinking. If even 10% of the population had your selfless attitude we would have a whole different world out there.

      Selfishly, I hope you write for the rest of your life. Realistically, I wish you many more years of enjoyment from your work.

      Thank you.

    2. QualityControlFreak*

      Adding my thanks, and yes, the syndication IS exciting – more people will have access to your amazing resource! This is a huge accomplishment and you have touched so many people’s lives in a positive way. Keep up the awesome!

  86. Fish Microwaver*

    Happy holy Hanukkah balls AAM. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this site. I love your advice and that of the readers, and your good will and humour. You rock.

    1. Fish Microwaver*

      PS. I microwaved some fish at work yesterday. They are lucky that’s the worst thing I did.

  87. hayling*

    What great news! This site is such an asset to job-seekers, employees, and managers. I’m glad to hear that it’s been as successful for you as it’s been helpful for all of us.

  88. Puffle*

    Thank you for running such a helpful, interesting, valuable site! I read AAM everyday, and always look forward to seeing what you have for us! Congratulations on the syndication too. It’s lovely to see you getting that well-deserved recognition. I hope it continues to go well for you, and that you get as much out of this as we do.

  89. Vancouver Reader*

    Congratulations Alison! Thank you for the wonderful service you provide and creating a wonderfully interesting and thoughtful community. Here’s to many more posts!

  90. StillHealing*

    Congratulations! Great questions and thorough thoughtful answers! Like others here, I think to myself, “What would Alison do” “What would Alison write?” I’ve definitely used much of the advice I’ve read here.

  91. Teacup*

    Alison, I’m a long time lurker who has never commented, but I read daily! Thank you for all your hard work and advice–Count me as another reader who now asks ‘What would Alison do’ whenever I run into a situation at work.

  92. S from CO*

    AAM- this is wonderful news! I always recommend AAM to all my friends and family. I have been reading AAM since 2012 and this site has helped me so much that I cannot thank you enough!

  93. Nobody Here By That Name*

    Just got back from a business trip so my congrats and thanks are belated, but still sincere. Thank you for all of your wonderful advice and for taking the plunge to start this website. =)

  94. Worker Bee*

    Congrats!! This is awesome.. (And I’d like to add you have readers from all around the world) Greetings from Germany.


    I must have started at post 5015+ but, congratulations anyway. It’s a great site and your answers are very well constructed.

    You’re Awesome!

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