Saturday, February 27, 2010

Does anyone read? Do you hate/love what I have to say? {Desarae A. Veit | DesaraeV}

Chris Brogan recently wrote, Stop Talking About Yourself, in this post he reminds us bloggers to make our posts helpful to other people and not all me, me, me ME! Granted we are all guilty of the occasional post about our personality test (my last post), a post about a client and how it relates to strategy (Chris's last post), a long story about my childhood family vacation to Disney that mentions how old I am (my birthday post). All that being said, I love Chris Brogan's writing, his blog, and book. If your not following his current posts find him now at to read all his posts.

After you read Chris's post, I would love your feedback. Do you think I talk about myself to much? What kind of posts do you want to see? Without your regular feedback, I'm left guessing what to tell you, what you want to learn, and maybe checking click through rates. I know a big part of blogging is just in the title and maybe that is the biggest thing I need to work on, but generally I guess that you guys like what I have to say by comments, click through rates, site visits, thank yous or retweets. Maybe that is wrong, but I know there are more of you out there who rarely comment, I know this because occasionally you email me and mention posts I wrote weeks ago. Those blog mentions and thank yous never get old, trust me some days I'm surprised anyone follows me on Twitter let alone a blog or wanting to buy my paintings, so thank you. I look forward to getting to know you all, let's build a dialog and let you drive what questions I answer on here.

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Anonymous said...

To be completely honest I have met you in person and followed some of your work and I don't understand where this perceived insecurity comes from. Of course, we all have insecurity within this medium. Hell, why do we have to give each other awards all the time if it wasn't the case? I find you you to be a talented contributor and I know you have heard this before. Own it. Just because some of us haven't reached Brogan's status does not mean that we don't make an impact within our own community. In fact, we can make an even bigger impact the more local and focused we stay.

I appreciate what you share and you need to know it's appreciated and that you are on the right path. The words I live by everyday are "Life isn't about finding yourself it's about CREATING yourself". You are on the right path and I'm looking forward to seeing your true potential once you stop holding up the mirror and become the leader you are truly meant to be. I won't wish you the best because you are more than capable of creating the best for yourself. I hope this doesn't come across as negative. I respect your talents and it's important that you have this introspection. It's what makes you good at what you do. I only write this in hopes to allow you to see that others see this in you as well.

Apologies for the rant. It's of my opinion that you don't need to second guess yourself. You're better than that. :)

Winston said...

Desarae: I read your post and the one comment, though I did not read Chris's.

I can't say that I'm an authority about your writing because I've read just an introductory taste. But as a marketer with almost 40 years of business experience, I can comment about my impression of the image you're building.

Without gushing and with some moderation I'd like to offer my high compliments. Though you're a young person, your credentials are impressive. In fact, they're more impressive because of your age.

I would say people would be wise to recruit you as an ally because your talent, together with your charming on-screen personality and your varied training, to include your web skill and art background are potent tools to help anyone lucky enough to enlist your services.

Now the commenter talks about "your insecurity." I personally don't find you the least insecure, quite the contrary. Anyone who watches you and your facial expression and body language throughout the skydiving video will know that you have an abundance of self confidence. Who wouldn't be self confident by earning an Associates degree before finishing high school, seems to have a successful agency, is an artist with an internet presence and more videos under her belt than most accomplished tv stars?

What I DO perceive from you is a desire to be read. All of us who write on-line in blogs wish we had a reading audience. I predict that you will eventually have hundreds of thousands of people sifting through your words to any clues and nuggets to help them find their point of entry to be your friend. As it is now, you invite us to be your friend. And probably it isn't that hard right now, to at least speak to you, certainly to hire you (if someone is in that position to do so).

So as an older business person I might just say have some patience and keep trying to improve. All the gifts you could possibly hope for, and more, seem to just be around the corner.


desaraev said...

Thank you both for the kind words.

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