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Giving Thanks

As our contributors have pointed out this week, there is much to be said for the simple act of gratitude.  Not just during Thanksgiving, but every day.  In that spirit, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of this blog, of ASMP and of this industry we all hold so dear.

Our heartfelt thanks to our readers for giving purpose to this work, to our contributors for selflessly sharing your hard-won knowledge and wisdom, and to our members – without you, none of this would be possible.

On behalf of all of us at ASMP, we wish you a wonderful holiday holiday weekend.  We will return on Monday, December 1 with a week of posts on diversifying your income stream.

- Judy Herrmann, Editor

By webmaster | Posted: November 26th, 2014 | No comments

A Thank You Gift from Blinkbid

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By webmaster | Posted: November 26th, 2014 | No comments
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[by Pascal Depuhl]

Thank You.

We are so busy in today’s society that we often don’t slow down to say thanks — although it’s the right thing to do. The kind thing to do. Mark Twain said that “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see” and thank you is the simplest form of kindness. A simple 2 words that cost you nothing and are worth their weight in gold.

But I’m not telling you anything you don’t know. Your life is busy, hectic, crazy and where would you get, if you said “Thank You” to everyone, I mean that’s just a waste of time, right? And on top of that, in today’s world of 140 character, 6 sec videos and fleeting posts, what’s a “Thank You” even worth these days?

An experimental “Thank You”

Well, I did a little experiment on that this year. Thursdays have traditionally been #ThrowBackThursdays on Twitter, where one posts some goofy photo of oneself decades back; it’s good for a little smile and then you move on. Well I figured I’d institute #ThankYouThursdays, where every Thursday I go to all the new followers on my Twitter accounts (@photosbydepuhl and @moviesbydepuhl) and tweet a Thank You to each new followers.


It all started when I read Gary Vaynerchucks (@garyvee) book over last year’s Christmas Holidays which includes “The Thank You Economy” and sat down and wrote each of them a personal tweet, thanking them for following me on Twitter and wishing them a happy New Year (you can read about this experiment a little more on the “2 words that blew up my Twitter feed“).

I’ve been doing this for a year now. Every Thursday first thing in the morning, I find the first new follower I did not thank in last week’s #ThankYouThursday, write a brief “Thank You” tweet to them and schedule those to tweet through out the day.

Go ahead – go to my Twitter feed @photosbydepuhl this Thursday (Happy Thanksgiving by the way) and you’ll see a bunch of #ThankYouThursday tweets pop up. While you’re there hit follow and I’ll send you one next week – (include the hashtag #ASMPThankYouThursday and I’ll give you a special shout out).

Here’s what my Tweet Deck dashboard looks like on an average Thursday, some Thursday’s it’s a few people, some Thursdays it’s a few dozen. Takes me anywhere from 10 – 20 minutes to write and schedule the tweets:

Has it been worth it?

Well, first of all it’s the kind thing to do. Secondly I doubled my twitter followers on @photosbydepuhl this year — and most of those are real people that know I care and that care about my business. Many people tweeted me back, saying that they’ve never gotten a thank you for following  from anyone. Ok, it’s Twitter and in the grand scheme of things it’s not life changing that I said thanks, but I want to remind you that it does not hurt you to show you’re grateful. Even if you take 140 characters to do so. Say thanks more often. You’ll be surprised what comes from it.

Thanks for listening.

Pascal Depuhl has been saying thanks every #ThankYouThursday on Twitter this year. Contact him on twitter @photosbydepuhl and he’ll be sure to “Thank You” on the following #ThankYouThursday. Make sure to include the hashtag #ASMP for a special shout out.




By Pascal Depuhl | Posted: November 25th, 2014 | No comments

Creating Space for Gratitude

[by Charles Gupton]

Creating time and emotional space to be thankful in the midst of a deep struggle — or even a time of emotional darkness — does not seem either intuitive or congruent with the over-riding fear of the moment.

However, I’ve come to believe that it is one of the most important and necessary actions we take during the times of discouragement we all, at one point or another, have to face.

And by action, I mean that being thankful, or showing gratitude, is an intentional, active process.

About three years ago, I was reading a magazine article about a woman who, in preparing for a divorce, had kept a daily log of the things her husband did wrong and the ways that he upset her. It occurred to me in that moment that if she’d instead kept a journal of everything her husband did right, and that she appreciated about him and her life, the story might’ve taken a different turn.

That day, I started a ‘gratitude’ journal where I write down every night as I’m going to bed at least three things that I am grateful for or that I did right that day. It has transformed my thinking.

This year has been the most tumultuous year that I can remember, in both the business and personal aspects of my life. But the process of acknowledging the good things that I’m grateful for each day has helped me go to sleep with a positive frame around each day, minimizing the stress and worry that almost certainly would have kept me from getting the sleep my mind and body needed.

It seems too simple. Too benign to have any significance.

But the daily habit – the process – of reflecting on the people in my life and the gifts that have flowed out of each day’s abundance has made a huge difference in how I approach my life. I find myself looking for what each opportunity offers rather than what it costs. I find myself anticipating good, so that I’ll have something good to write. And that, in itself, is something I’m grateful for.

Based in Raleigh, N.C., Charles uncovers stories that resonate, then tells them in three-minute films to engage clients for business on the web. You can connect with him at: | |




By Charles Gupton | Posted: November 24th, 2014 | 2 comments

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