I've been a blog-slacker this past week or so and haven't checked my feed for about that long too. I spent some time in Cincinnati early in the week and then I've been working on copy for the new businesses that are joining the dsmBUZZ network. I've also been thinking...which requires lots of extra energy. But that aside I did have one nonbusiness experience that gave me pause.
About Thursday I was busy having coffee with a new acquaintance named Rita Perea at La Mie. We had been chatting about an hour and I had consumed one large Mocha latte and a croissant with fresh blueberry preserves. I was enjoying the conversation when all of the sudden I felt this weird sense that the world was spinning and darkness was closing in on my vision. I sat there trying to look like I was still engaged in what Rita was saying but really I was thinking, "Crap! If I don't focus I think I'll pass out." Rita is busy talking and I'm smiling and breathing and thinking, "Slow down Sherry. Get home and regroup."
Well the short end of the story is after a few calls, setting an appointment with a doctor, and some rest I pondered my medical options. Could I have something wrong with me? I'm getting older after all. Later good Dr. Stephen Eckstat discerned my ears were waxy and the combo of flight and plugged ears was the culprit. I feel great now and definitely a sense of reprieve from some of the stuff I considered might be wrong with me.
The lesson of that story for me is to SLOW down and let things evolve a bit. Definitely be grateful. Never assume the worst. Good lessons and cheap at the cost of one doctor visit.
dsmBUZZ has been adding businesses to the network though and we've got more coming next week. I've also considered changing the order of pages on the web site so that a more robust About dsmBUZZ page is the first that the site opens to instead of the blog page. I think this will make more sense to people when they come to find us.
A critical lesson on talking with small businesses has definitely been learned. Do everything you can to make the project EASY for them. They're too busy. Also, make sure they know how YOU make money. As merchants they want to understand that right away about the venture you propose otherwise they get stressed.
Some great things coming up for us to do.
- We're working on the spring Small Business Buzz newsletter and will cover businesses in Sherman Hills. I love that neighborhood.
- We will have our first podcast with Chaden Halfhill of Silent Rivers Design and Build next week. It's taken me a week just to learn how to use Blogtalkradio and I still can't hang the button on my sidebar but I'm getting there.
Noteworthy stuff off to the side:
I've gotten word from Mike Sansone to pass on this info about an upcoming blogging conference to take place in Chicago. Here is the info.
"Take Your Blogging to the Next Level
A Relationship Bloggers' Conference and Networking Event
Community, Friday, May 11, 2007, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Christine Kane, popular guitarist, singer, blogger LIVE
Open Mic Night Cocktail Party – Live community event (multiple microphones) Take the conversation out of the comment box!
Speakers, Saturday, May 12, 2007, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Phil Gerbyshak, Make It Great! Relationship Geek
Liz Strauss, Successful-Blog SOB and BAD Blogger
David Armano, Logic+Emotion
Terry Starbucker, Ramblings from a Glass Half Full, Rodney Rumford, PodBlaze, Ben Yoskovitz, Instigator Blog
Mike Sansone, Converstations and a few surprises
Chris Cree Success CREEations, Scott Rafer, MyBlogLog , Janice Myint, Technorati
Wendy Piersall, emomsathome ,
Interactive presentations on publishing, design and branding, tools, analytics, social networking, marketing, and coaching -- all from the perspectives of the relationship blogger and the audience.
Only 250 attendees will be accepted then the conference will be sold out.
C'mon you're not a stranger anymore!"
As an aside, I notice that there is a button in the info that I should be able to put on my sidebar but as you know I'm sidebar button challenged. Sounds like a fun gig though. Thanks for forwarding the info Mike!
Otherwise. I plan to be on the blogging trail this week. Have other interesting things I've picked up to talk about and of course more businesses too.
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