Today I sent a note to a popular blogger; at the end of the message I thanked him for his passion and enthusiasm. After sending the message, I wondered if my note would be read, let alone matter to him, but that kind of thing does matter.

Today I sent a note to a popular blogger, and at the end of the message I thanked him for his passion and enthusiasm. After sending the message, I wondered if my note would be read, let alone matter to him, but that kind of thing does matter, even if in the smallest way.

There are so many people who influence us in our businesses, from the bloggers who consistently provide us with helpful information to keep our businesses growing and thriving to the people in our spheres of influence who rave about us and keep clients and customers coming our way. They help us every day, and it is important to reach out and say “thank you” every now and then.

Even when you think it will fall on deaf ears, that it won’t matter to the person, or that he or she is probably inundated with messages every day, let the person know how he or she helps you in your business and that you appreciate his or her efforts. Say what’s on your mind and make it heartfelt — because for most people, it really will matter.

Someone sent me a thoughtful thank you note a couple of weeks ago, and I have thought about her message several times since then. She said my help and support had been “wind in her sails” that week; little did she know that that note would be wind in mine for weeks to come.

Take the time to thank the people who inspire you, motivate you and teach you. Instead of passing over the comment sections of their blogs again, thinking you have nothing of value to add, let them know how their posts are making a difference in your business. With so many jerks in the world these days, it’s really nice to come across someone who actually takes the time to be, well, nice.

And, to my favorite bloggers (The Bloggess, Chris Brogan, Dumb Little Man and Gary Vaynerchuk, to name a few), thank you.

What was the most heartfelt or meaningful “thank you” you ever received?

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  1. A few of days ago I sent a quick e-mail to Gina Trapani to thank her for her work and tips on productivity.

    Funny thing, I was going to send a “thank you” note to WebWorkerDaily too as I find it really helpful in my studies and projects (I study web marketing and project management in France)

    1. Amber Singleton Riviere Henry Lim Tuesday, February 9, 2010

      That’s really nice of you, Henry, and I’m sure Gina Trapani appreciated it, as I know the folks do here at WebWorkerDaily. Even if you never hear back about it, I know it was uplifting on the receiving end.

  2. Daryl Griffiths Tuesday, February 9, 2010

    Hey Amber.

    I recently sent not only a “thank you” to one of my favourite bloggers – a uk paramedic – but did so via a paypal payment for the amount he’d complained he’d had to pay, late night, on new year’s eve for a panini and coffee whilst on duty.

    I didn’t get a personal reply which is the last thing I would’ve wanted anyway, but it did get a mention in his blog (as “a reader”) which was unexpected but gave me a warm feeling in return.

    It’s always the little things…

    1. Amber Singleton Riviere Daryl Griffiths Tuesday, February 9, 2010

      I know it made his day, Daryl, and it was very thoughtful of you to go out of your way to do that for him. Most people wouldn’t have taken the initiative. We all might have good intentions and even think about doing things like that for others, but the fact that you actually did it, even though it might seem like a small thing to you, really says a lot.

  3. In that case: my heartfelt thanks to everybody at WWD! I came to read your blog a few months ago via FreelanceSwitch, and I’m very glad I did.

    1. Amber Singleton Riviere Julia Tuesday, February 9, 2010

      And I know everyone here thanks you for keeping on reading, Julia!

  4. Steve-Personal Success Factors Tuesday, February 9, 2010

    It’s a great reminder. Gratitude: expressing it openly and often, without expectation of anything in return creates a great sense of well being. Thank you for the reminder, and for the work you do :)

    1. Thanks, Steve. I agree. We can really put things in perspective when we just stop for even a second to consider the things we’re thankful for. I did that just this evening while waiting at a drive-through, and it made me realize that I’m incredibly lucky. I just wish I’d remember to stop and do that every single day. Thanks for commenting!

  5. Jenny, Bloggess Tuesday, February 9, 2010

    You just made my whole day. For real.

    Thank you!

    1. Amber Singleton Riviere Jenny, Bloggess Tuesday, February 9, 2010

      You make my day all the time with your writing, Jenny. It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud, but I do every time I ready your blog – hilarious. You’ve even got ME confused about Diet Dr. Pepper now! Funny stuff.

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  7. I listen to trauma survivors and try to offer them hope and a reason to stay alive one more day. Doing this can take its own toll on my abilities to stay centered and not be victimized by my own PTSD.

    Once in a while I will get a call or a note that thanks me for helping them through the PTSD nightmares, the fear, and anziety that strives to ruin their lives.

    That sort of “thank you” is invaluable. They stay alive and I know I am doing the right thing and I am less vulnerable to my own PTSD.
    Semper Pax, Dr. Z

    1. Amber Singleton Riviere John Zemler Wednesday, February 10, 2010

      Your work is amazing, John, so you deserve many thanks, and I know when someone does take the time to express gratitude for all that you do, it must mean so much to you. Thanks for commenting and sharing your story.

  8. Chris Brogan… Thursday, February 11, 2010

    Well, thank YOU, and you’re welcome back. As a web worker, and a loyal reader of WWD, I’m grateful. : )

    1. Glad to have you as a loyal reader, Chris. Your work helps so many. Thanks again.

  9. Thank you Web Worker Daily team for bringing up excellent and engaging articles on all important topics.

    1. Amber Singleton Riviere Salman Munir Thursday, February 11, 2010

      My next post should be “Have You Thanked Your Readers Today?,” Salman. Bloggers should always remember to express gratitude for those who always take the time to follow and add to the conversation. Thank you for commenting!

  10. Yet another thing we have in common – love for The Bloggess!

    Thank you is so important, in real life and online. I did an interview recently about my partnership with my husband on our upcoming trip around the world, and when asked what our secret was to getting along, I didn’t hesitate when I said “we say please and thank you every day.”

    It really is the small stuff, isn’t it?

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