Yahoo… It’s Friday.
A friend of mine turned 66 yesterday. He wasn’t very big on celebrating his birthday. I was the same way until about 20 years ago. What changed? Someone whom I love very much pointed out that in the entire year my birthday was the only day that celebrated my existence. After thinking about that I realized the truth in that statement. What other day of the year is for us? I am saddened and amazed that so few people celebrate their day. We celebrate the birth of Christ, politicians, Mohammed, poets and other influential people and we ignore ourselves.
Think about this… if we were not born the world would be a different place. Celebrate your birth… no matter how old you are. Age doesn’t matter… the value of your life matters. Our world would be different without you.
I sent a birthday card about 5 years ago to a guy who had never received a printed birthday card in his life. He thanked me and was amazed that someone did that for him. He had received presents and e-cards but never a birthday card.
Here is a promise… If you want a birthday card on your birthday (not an email card) let me know the date and your mailing address and I will send you a birthday card.
I also owe an apology to a number of people this year. I missed your birthday and then was too embarrassed to send a card. I’m sorry. You know who you are. Shame on me.
As you know I love blogging. I enjoy posting these articles and thoughts. I enjoy crafting the message and putting together the words so that they make sense to you and to me.
On the business side of things blogging has been shown to improve sales and business for many companies. Sadly there are millions of companies that start blogs and never keep them going; these same companies say blogs don’t work because they never get any business. There are thousands of writers who start blogs and never keep them going; they say they can’t get an audience. To both comments I say bulls**t. Blogging works but it takes time and you have to take time to engage, entertain or challenge your readers.
I’m always surprised at the number of companies that don’t have blogs. I’m disappointed at companies that have blogs but only use them to copy information from other companies or try to sell products or services. Why don’t they hire a professional writer to write their blogs? In many companies they expect an overworked staff member to write the blog. Blogging takes more work than sitting down at a keyboard and pounding out a few words on how great your company or business is.
I’ve discovered something over the years I have been blogging… it is hard work. I have at least 7 blog articles underway at any time, not all of them become articles. I’m writing them between my regular work that supports my writing addiction and other writing I do.
I like blogging more than posting on Facebook. I get to cover a topic in more detail. I get to express myself more clearly and… I’m not competing with other articles written at the same time
What do you think of blogs? Do you read the? Do you share them? Do you have a blog? Does your company have a blog? Why doesn’t your company have a blog?
Did you know a regular blog based on the speed of your industry and the regular cycles of your industry can establish your company or you as a reliable business source?
And a final thought on blogs… they were the first form of social media.
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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia
Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you found some knowledge or some entertainment or something challenging or something to think about.