Not long ago, however, I saw a tweet from my friend http://Twitter.com/Kim (See, if I really knew what I was doing, I simply would’ve had @Kim and it would’ve linked you to her Twitter account!), and she tweeted something about not letting a desire for perfection get in the way of getting things done. That was pretty much the gist of it. Don't let a desire for perfection stand in the way of getting things done. I took it to heart and decided I would go ahead and do another blog or two and not worry about the absence of bells and whistles. A pretty cool thing happened as a consequence.
Recently, I travelled to Hershey, Pennsylvania to attend a charity dinner honoring Ford CEO Alan Mulally. As expected, the Ford CEO wowed us all. I really wanted to share the great experience I had had, so I decided to put together a post. Again, I knew my blog design was not quite worthy of the subject matter, but I just felt I had to share my great experience:
Naturally, I missed the called when I stepped briefly into a local supermarket where a cone of silence seemingly incapacitates all phones. Cool thing is, as I left the store, I discovered that I actually had a phone message from Ford CEO Alan Mulally. Graciously complimenting my blog post, Alan said that he had answered phone calls and e-mails throughout the day from people who had read it, said nice things about it, and wished that they had been at the event. Imagine that.
Alan ended his very kind message with his phone number. I quickly called it, bracing myself to work my way past the palace guard. That was unnecessary. The phone was answered with a simple, “Hello, Alan Mulally.” “Hello, Glen Gilmore,” I answered. Wow. Or, as http://Twitter.com/ScottMonty, Ford’s social media go-to guy informed me Alan would say, “Way cool.” Way cool, indeed!
So, the moral of the story?
Compelling content overcomes design shortfalls.
Share your story and you'll connect.
A few easy tips for my would-be blogging colleagues:
1. Set up a blog and begin to share your passion.
2. Worry first about the content you are creating and sharing.
3. Write about something that really moves you and it’ll connect with others.
4. Don’t let a desire for perfection keep you from blogging and connecting!
5. Research about how to add the bells and whistles – and try and make the time to add them… =)
And a few good posts to help us move from blogging amateurs to blogging pros:
20 Analytics Tools For Blogs http://bit.ly/tR6qm RT @Flipbooks @phaoloo #Analytics #Blogs
10 Free Ways To Increase Blog Traffic http://bit.ly/3gnyVW RT @phaoloo #blogs
Tips to increase comments on your blog http://bt.io/LCh RT @Iconic88 @the_gman @virtuosoblogger
Online tools 4 more productive blogging http://bit.ly/4KYi7 RT @the_gman @BuzzEdition @The_Tech_Update #blogs
Combat Comment Spam: #WordPress: 12 Tips & Tools http://bit.ly/Pg86L RT @mayhemstudios @syedbalkhi @wpbeginner
7 must have #wordpress #plugins for bloggers http://bit.ly/3TNtZ6 RT @leGouter
10 Most Useful Free #Twitter Tools for Bloggers - http://bit.ly/9DOji #socialmedia RT @brett #blogs
Nine Things NOT Forget When Designing a Blog http://bit.ly/xJrLo (via @twittilicious) #blogs
26 Free eBooks For Bloggers http://su.pr/318Smv RT @virtuosoblogger @rahuljrark #blogs
100 Ways To Improve Your Blog http://is.gd/2YNSE RT @the_gman @Gloson #blogs
101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger http://su.pr/6PUvsL RT @the_gman
Photo credits: Ford CEO, Ford; Tricycle from Flickr Tyler Knott; Bicycle from Flickr Live4sports
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