This week I had to have a conversation with a vendor for SOBCon 07. Something wasn’t going quite right and it needed attention. One detail of the event wasn’t yet of the highest quality. . . . In my younger days, I would have approached the situation by being clever and right. This time I wanted to approach it by being reasonable and compelling.
Don’t call yourself a blogger. People don’t know what that is. Call yourself a web publisher.
Chris pointed out this comment that Kent Blumberg made in the comments on his blog.
When I tell people I write about leadership, strategy and performance and have published over 150 articles on my website, they go, “Wow!” When I tell them I blog, they look for someone less weird to talk with.
Chris even wrote an article on his own blog about what the comment means.
These two guys packed a whole lot of wisdom into my thinking about myself as a blogger. Here, I’ve been an International publisher for over two decades. I’m a pretty darn good thinkier, but I hadn’t got to where they had.
I had gotten stuck on the word blogger, and it had the potential of getting in my way. If anyone could say she was a web publisher, I sure could, but I hadn’t thought of it. They had.
The next day, when I talked to that vendor, I was not only compelling and reasonable, I was confident and nice. We ended the conversation sitting on the same side of the proverbial table. That vendor now cares as much about SOBCon 07 as we do.
Blogging makes a lot of “unlikely heroes.” Those two guys, Chris and Kent, are are just two of mine. I have a feeling I’ll be telling you about a few more.
Who are your blogging heroes? Have you stopped to look?