Relentless Thanks For July

1 08 2008

Our relentless thanks for July go to:

Todd Andrlik, Gavin Heaton, Gerry Riskin, Tom Kane, Becky Carroll, Karen Miller Russell, Doug Simon, Martin Lynch, Leanne Heller, Jonathan Yarmis, Ampatzis Panagiotis, Joseph Wilburn, John Koetsier, Ruth Seeley, Luke, Katie Paine, David Alston, David Maister, Laurie Wilhelm, Rodger Johnson, Geoff Livingston, David Mullen, Chris Brogan, Jose Teixiera, Jeff Davis, Scott Baradell, Sherrilynne Starkie, Lara Kretler, Lynn Crymble, Heather Yaxley, Tyler Hurst, Kristen Smith, Terry Morawski, Phil Gomes, Robert French, Josh Morgan, Barbara B. Nixon, Todd Defren, Paul Ritchie, Timothy Parcell, Boyd Neil, Claire Celsi, and Ed Lee.

A blog is only as strong as the conversation it inspires. Thank you for your support! On to August!


Thank It Forward

2 07 2008
I’ve always loved the concept of paying it forward: Do something for another with no expectation for that person to return the favor, but instead, hope the act will inspire them to help another person someday. We may know it from the movie, but this concept of “generalized reciprocity” was first described in a letter written by none other than Ben Franklin in 1784.

Now fast forward to 2006, David Maister (who’s taking a well deserved summer off from blogging) included me in a thank you post he writes every month to express his gratiude to those who comment on his blog. And he does so with links to his commenters blogs. David understands that contributing to the conversation on a blog takes time and for most people is a truly generous act, benefiting both the blogger and the audience. Without comments there is no dialogue, and without a dialogue of sorts, then a blog operates at less than half strength regardless of how good the author.

I’ve made the monthly thank you post a practice ever since, and today because of twitter and the other tools that allow people to contribute it so many different ways, I’ve expanded my thank you list to include not only commenters on my blog, but contributors in other social media forums including twitter, PROpenMic, etc.

Yesterday David Mullen, who’s a colleague at Mullen and fellow blogger at relentlessPR, wrote a post thanking those who commented on his new blog based on my thank you post for June. Reading it made my day.

I ‘ve always believed that being successful in social media starts with having basic social skills. A simple thank you goes a long way. If you haven’t thanked those who contribute to your own blogs recently, please do. Your readers will appreciate it, and I believe you’ll inspire them to thank it forward as well!

*A crosspost from ClientService Insights…(CSI/Season 2)

Relentless Thanks!

1 06 2008

Each month, to express our gratitude for your generous contributions to our conversation, we’ll recognize each of you, encourage you to keep coming back, and ask that you invite your friends and colleagues to join us at relentlessPR. We extend our relentless thanks to all of you who contributed in some way to our conversation since our official start on May 19th:

Jim Anderson, Larry Bodine, Tom Kane, More Partner Income, Rjon Robins, Jenny Love, Michelle Golden, Kevin O’Keefe, Jim Calloway, Dr. Alan Freitag, Leo Bottary, Stacia, Boyd Neil, Eric Eggertson, Marc Rapp, Liza Jones, Dan Hull, Todd Andrlik, Maria Palma, Martin Lynch, Ed Lee, David Mullen, Chris Brogan, Scott Baradell, Sherrilynne Starkie, Amanda Chapel, Lara Kretler, Susan Iskiwitch, Kelli Matthews, Matt Kucharski, and Kami Huyse.

On to June!