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50 Important Words

Three months ago I wrote the most important thing I’ve written on this website (and maybe ever). Funny enough it was probably the shortest entry I ever wrote and definitely not the most insightful. It didn’t get any comments, either, but that doesn’t matter.

In fact, for the hell of it, here’s the entry in it’s entirety:

Lately I’ve had a desire to meet some people from the blog world in person. So, if you’re a reader of this blog and live or are visiting the NYC area, drop me a line and we’ll get coffee or a drink.

That’s all for now. Talk to you later.

50 words.

The lesson I learned from that entry is simple and something that will stick with me forever.

The only thing keeping you from meeting interesting people is you.

It’s pretty simple, really. Since that day I’ve been proactive. I’ve reached out to interesting people, inviting them to a coffee or something similar.

Out of that 50 word entry grew likemind, an idea much bigger than I could have ever imagined.

The bottom line is that there’s a world of people out there feeling exactly the same as you. They’re worried about looking odd or sounding like a stalker if they send an email to their favorite blogger/author/artist. But chances are, the person on the other end will be more honored than anything else to know someone is paying attention.

With that I’m adding the following line to my about page: If you want to chat or meet up sometime around New York City, please just send me an email. Don’t worry, I promise I won’t think you’re weird or anything like that. In fact, I do the same thing all the time.

I’m thinking maybe all people need to motivate them is reassurance that it’s okay to reach out.

October 9, 2006