First off, just wanted to inquire, “How the heck are you?” Secondly, I need to complete this post started last Wednesday at the airport on my way to #Mozcon, which was fcuking awesome…
All am I asking is when do dudes in their early thirties, fighting off middle age and ear hair, get to hang with brilliant younger guys in their twenties (Joel K and James A), rock late night with Bill Sebald,
or get to rock a snap bracelet for the first time since 1989, when the Coreys ruled the silver screen?
But I digress….
Last Wednesday, I was sitting in the Aspen airport, waiting for a flight to Denver then Seattle for #mozcon. I was super stoked to meet some people and learn more about them.
BE INTERESTED. The notion moves both ways. Anthony Nelson introduces a point worthy of further exploration, questioning the value in a nondescript comment/reply from my former post.
“…I agree with the theory of replying to every comment on your site, but sometimes there is simply no valuable follow-up response avaialable. Constantly writing ‘thanks for commenting’ on your own blog puts you in-line with the guy who writes ‘nice post’ on everyone else’s.”
Readers/blog owners, do you leave a obligatory “thanks, homie/ette” when confronted with comments cut from similar heights of fervor? Do you do nothing, hoping further comments be more plentiful, approachable? Doing nothing is immediately inactive (says ‘captn’ obvious’).
Hmmm… you could engage in reflexive, knee-jerk-esque interaction… We all do it. For instance, you walk in a coffee shop, maybe getting a coffee from a barista you never met….
They say, “How the heck are you?”
“Fine,” you half reply.
You get the obvious, ‘of course’ nature of the interaction taking place. It’s robotic and not fun.
Fcuk that. I say, Fun.the.world.
FTW! Let’s do things differently. Let’s be more. It’s an investment. When you are more, you get more.
Let’s consider a different chain of events.
They say, “Good morning!”
(They get your order.)
“So, what are you doing today?”
Things are different now. Kinda more exciting. You can’t get by on a monotoned response. You could say, “Aw nuthin…..”
You could also sit in a corner all day flinging around feces. Let’s aspire, shall we?
I grabbed a coffee first getting to the airport. The barista, Derrick, had an All-Star personality. We could of had an obligatory interaction…but we didn’t. Homeboy is from Illadelph (so am I); he aspires to have his own clothing company (he’s sending me a shirt); and, he inspired me to write this post as this concept was fresh in my head from my readers’ comments.
In short, we connected; he was curious; I was curious. The curious seesaw worked well for us.
Im a curious dude. I can be quiet, but always curious. Be curious of people even when they need some Curious-George-like help themselves… (How many times could I stuff curious in this post…)
The next time you choose to engage, whether initially or in response, think about the nature of your contribution. What kind of ‘place’ is the engagement headed? If you get more by giving more, how can you better the interaction? Sometimes it’s as simple as thinking of how to position your response… If you don’t want monotone replies, give people a reason to be more dynamic…
I really like Mya’s comment on my last post:
“…G+ shows where someone is located. For example, give them a “Thanks [person] for giving me feedback! I’m glad I have readers from all over, even from New Mexico:)”. Its short, you are appreciative, and you’re acknowledging that you have checked out their profile to see where they hail from.”
Great idea, Mya. Thank you for that!
One concept always tickling my inkling regarding marketing… is details. (Jenny Lam gave a phenomenal presentation on the importance of design, celebrating the ‘little things’ often. Here is Gianluca’s recap of that event day.)
Little things matter. Little things are sometimes the impetus for something much LARGER. Savvy? Make interactions count.
PS – I interviewed Chris Winfield of Blue Glass recently (Actually, Greg Boser did an awesome presentation focusing on BG at Mozcon. I nervously shook Greg’s hand at one point (kudos if you’re reading this, Greg; it’s not easy to make me nervous) during the show and caught a glimpse of his Led Zeppelin t-shirt (so he obviously knows music as well as business.)) and really excited to be placing Chris’ answers here on my blog in the coming days…
Do you have a question for Blue Glass? I did. You should. They’re kicking ass… Save them for my next post. Later, blog skaters! Thanks for reading and be good.