It was just over a year ago, April 17 to be exact, that I started this blog. I still remember talking with my friend George Black about social media and he mentioned the eblogger tool. As we continued to talk I clicked on the eblogger icon and all of a sudden I’d taken the first step of this journey.
In that first post I wrote, “I’m passionate about influence and persuasion so it’s only natural that I share that passion with all of you.” I’ve only grown more passionate about it over the past year and have expanded how I communicate that passion. Some of you might see my Twitter or Facebook updates. I recently started a Facebook fan page call Influence PEOPLE. I also host a LinkedIn group called … Influence PEOPLE. If that’s not enough, daily I record influence tips at CinchCast. One goal for 2010 is to start doing some video blog posts but for now all these other social media tools are keeping me quite busy!
By every measure this first year has exceeded my wildest expectations, and then some. In a year’s time people in more than 100 countries have taken time to read what I write! That statistic excites me more than any other because it makes me feel like I’m having an impact on the world. Here are the countries where people have clicked in from:
Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Myanmar [Burma], Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, U.S. Virgin Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
And here are a few locals who’ve been tremendously helpful. I mentioned George Black in the opening paragraph, a terrific person. There’s also Mike Figliuolo who’s been my “go to” guy for any blogging questions I’ve had. By allowing me to write some guest posts for his blog, thoughtLEADERS, and writing some for Influence PEOPLE, Mike really helped me build my readership. And thanks to Micheal Franzese for the cool drawings you see sometimes. Take a look at his blog FranzeseInklings for more art work.
Then there are my friends on Twitter who retweet my stuff consistently: James Sims, Marcy Depew, Matt Fox, Kennon Fort, Maureen Metcalf, Anthony Iannarino, Paul Hebert, Aaron Schaub, Steve Miller , Warren Davies and Jon Wortman. If I left anyone off the list I apologize (I’m starting to sound like I won an Oscar!) If you want to follow any of them on Twitter just click on their name.Special thanks also need to go to several coworkers. First there’s Debbie Conkel who has proofread my work for about 15 years now. She looks over every one of these articles for me. Then there’s my boss John Petrucci who’s has been supportive in every way imaginable. Last but not least, there’s Nancy Edwards who encourages me every time we talk or email.And there’s feedback from readers. When I see comments posted or get emails like the ones below it makes my day!
- “I really liked the post you made for this week. It really hit home with me since I too have a teenager at home and have gone thru the same scenarios. I will be sharing this with other parents and will be practicing myself to be a good example for him.”
- “Brian, I continue to value your posts. I started taking your advice several years ago and open an appointment first thing each morning to review the Dale Carnegie principle of the day.”
- “The best thing I ever did was sign up for your emails. Yes it takes me from my daily work but it normally brings a smile to my face or a little giggle, and we all need that!”
- “I value you as an expert. Your advice has me constantly thinking outside the box. There is validity to your stories that you share. As a Product Sales Specialist I have implemented some of your advice which resulted in a positive outcome.”
Now this anniversary wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t thank the most important people; my wife, Jane, and daughter, Abigail. I write about them quite a bit and they’re great sports, especially Jane because I posted her photo in a bathing suit once. She emailed to tell me that wasn’t a good thing to do and I replied that I was just happy she was reading the blog!
So from me to all of you, thank you for taking the time to read and for allowing me to have some influence on your lives. I hope I enjoy this second year even more than the first and that you get even more from your time with me.
Helping You Learn to Hear “Yes!”