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May 11, 2006

Two Gems

Two little gems rolled across my desktop today:

First, a blog about gift giving. Perhaps a little late for Mother's Day, but Father's Day is coming. Check out "The Art of Gift Giving" by Carolyn Goodwin. This is a great guide to getting more analog in a world that's too digital. I loved this little reminder:

Step 1: Give gifts because you want to, not because you are obligated to do so.

Second, my buddy Eric at Apple/Ice Oasis showed me a blog called Creating Passionate Users. In an entry called "Popularity Breeds Contempt," I learned this great comeback to critics:

Ask the critics, "How long did you try it before you came to these conclusions? Because the feedback is really important to us."

Check out the recent posts on both blogs because there is a lot of good content in their archives.

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Regarding gift-giving: Our family has found it to be very beneficial to place a reasonable limit upon the amount that each person spends on each other.
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One more victim of assumptions - I too have thought you have been readin CPU... ;)

here is an interesting story that could be a part of your "driving your competition crazy" posts:


of course I don't know if defunct competition can truely be driven crazy, but the phone number rerouting was pretty sharp.

Hi Guy,
To be honest, I would thought you were already reading Kathy Sierra's posts. There is a lot of correlation, with little duplicity between what you both write.

Thanks for the useful information here.

- Stephen

If you only recently discovered "Creating Passionate Users" make sure to check previous postings, you'll find quite a lot of common between your ideas and those of Kathy Sierra. She recently posted a tribute to yours "Top Lies" series in "Top Management Lies" at http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2006/05/top_management_.html

Some would say that if people have already written your product off, you'll never get them back. So you can try to convince them to change their mind or drop it and find some other customers who are likely predisposed to like your product.

/Unless of course you do truly suck, in which case it's all moot....

The way you've been blogging over the last 3-4 weeks is much more valuable than prior to that.

When you wrote, ” I don’t get this “exchanging links” thing....", you were more me-centric and now you freely link out, sometimes it seems, just for the joy of linking.

Thanks for the new and improved Guy.

What a difference a few weeks make.


Thank you for your kind words!

No can say that I'm not a fast study. :-) I still don't consider myself a "free linker." I will only do it with blogs that truly add value to my readers. I won't like just for the quid pro quo of it all.

You are right that I do enjoy linking--particularly to relatively unknown sites that are "gems."

I will, and have, very seldom linked to A listers. :-) Then again, check back in a few weeks...


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