An amazing thing happened when I asked you to check out Brad Shorr’s content strategy consulting blog. You actually went there and left your comments. Some like Holly even parked herself by the water cooler in Brad’s home and chatted up with other readers like an oldtimer.
You guys are amazing.
And what thoughtful comments you wrote. It tickled me so much it ruined my resolve to be dour that night. I fell out of character! Some of you even went back like a child who forgot to turn in his assignment, mumbling apologetically to Brad that I’ve sent you. Of course, Darbs seemed to balk at the assignment and duly pointed to me as perpetrator of his unexpected visit.
Darbs, you shared a surprising slice of life you’re exposed to on a daily basis in New York city. And Brad is right – it’s chilling. Thanks as well to Holly, Jena Isle, Zorlone, TrinaMb, Roy and Charles Ravndal for your candid, introspective and honest contribution to the discussion.
Thanks as well to friends who visited Brad but stayed away from the discussion. It’s all right. As first time visitors to a blog it can be sometimes daunting to just cut in on the conversation. Don’t be a stranger next time though. Brad is a gracious host as you might have noticed.
What does it all mean?
Marketing gurus will say I’ve just seen the power of a call to action. You need something from your readers? Tell them what to do. You want them to comment on your post? Ask. You want them to buy your e-book? Point them to your sales page.
Is that it really?
Do you as a reader really want to be told what to do?
Whatever it is, I’m starting to enjoy this. Conversation is a fascinating thing, isn’t it? A joy to behold in a blog comment section. What more if it spills over into another blog wherein insights are shared, life’s dilemmas sliced and diced into manageable pieces? Aren’t you glad you’re not alone? That’s inspiring, if you ask me.
So here’s the question: if helping each other is a beautiful thing, are you up for more of the same? What are the things – excepting of course that I lose the long face – that we can help each other with?
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