Yesterday’s blog post received 1 comment. The author of this comment has been for the last three weeks almost without exception the first person to comment on every article I’ve posted. So when I saw that, yet again, they were not only thanking me for the post, but extending the thoughts further, and encouraging me to keep on thinking more, I immediately wrote him an email:
I just wanted to say thank you so much for engaging and commenting on my blog and becoming a big part of my online community.
For the last 3 weeks you have nearly *always* been the first to comment, and also bring more ideas to the table. When I started blogging only a couple of months ago the idea was firstly to have an online business card, secondly to put my thoughts into frameworks for my benefit, and then thirdly, to engage with the people in my life.
But you in particular have helped me find a far greater purpose, as well as find my voice as a thinker.
I am so grateful,
I don’t even know how Robin Dickinson found his way to my blog, but I am so grateful he did. He has, like all of you who have commented or encouraged me on Twitter or Facebook (like @RuudHein did), played the wonderful role of helping my find my voice as a thinker and blogger. You have created a demand, and in that demand, you have helped me find my voice.
Did you hear me?
You’ve helped me find my voice as a thinker and blogger.
My voice is this, which I aim to do every week:
- Inspire. Through stories, through ideas, through each other. Every week, I will aim to inspire.
- Decision. By providing frameworks and models, every week I strive to provide content to help you and I both make better decisions.
- Examples. Stats, anecdotes, successes and failures, I will endeavour every week to not give head knowledge, but life experience.
- Action. I will always labour to rouse that most precious human resource, and find ways for us to act smarter, not just harder.
This isn’t a manifesto, a PR fest, hype, or even a promise. It’s a response from a thankful heart.