I’ve been mulling over something that has been bothering me at times and then at other times, I get it. People are busy, too many irons in the fire – add social technology to the mix and all that it entails and we just don’t have enough time to tell our community a big ole “THANKS.” Or do we?
Technology has afforded us all to be able to check our Twitters while we’re sitting in the dentist chair having a root canal but yet we can’t click “respond” with a “thank you so much for sharing my shit” because we simply have too much going on? Really?
I am connected with folks who may or may not have a large online community of followers and I am often blown away by two things:
- Those who have a large following that always send a kind “Thank you, Susan, for sharing my post”
- ………………………(nothing but the sound of crickets, in response to sharing)
Now, it’s pretty much a given that those with a smaller following (not always the case) are going to send you a thank you. But the big guys, you know who I’m talking about, who would be spending countless hours a day responding to thousands of followers, just don’t have the time to do so. And when they do, it’s just a nice gesture.
This really bothered me in the beginning stages of developing my online community. And then I chillaxed, to some degree. And the more I built my following and the more they started sharing my content, I understood the time that it takes to respond to every.single.one. But yet, I still try to do that.
Now, obviously, I don’t have millions of followers. But I still have a loyal group of “sharers” that get the word out. These are my friends. Why wouldn’t I take the time in between my day while grabbing a coffee, to say “thanks for all you do.”
Do we have to say thanks to those with whom we are connected that share our content? No. And sometimes I often want to tell my close friends, “It’s really not necessary that you thank me every time.” And I mean that. But it is nice to acknowledge folks once in a while.
I don’t think your ever too big to do that.
Okay, bring on your comments. I’m waiting and bracing myself.
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