Go ahead, make someone’s day.

It’s so easy to make someone’s day.  Grace them with a smile, a word of praise, or a comment on their blog.

If you happened to read my last post,  “Do blog stats rule your world?” you might remember I was asking for comments.  I wanted some tiny little indication that someone out in the blogosphere was reading my posts.  I’m happy to report the “asking” served it’s purpose.  Within 5 minutes of posting, I received two comments!  I was so happy, thrilled to no measure, a Cheshire cat grin was pasted on my face.  People commented, they liked me! They made my day.  Or so I thought.

I had convinced myself that I was being heard, people were finding my blog and taking the time to comment.  I had proven my son, Sean, wrong.   He who said, I probably wouldn’t get any comments.  He who said, not to be discouraged.  He who had actually tweeted his followers,  “Please post a comment on my Mom’s blog.”  Busted.  I don’t subscribe to twitter, so I’m sure he thought his secret was safe.  I can hear him saying to himself,  “She won’t find out that I actually asked my followers to comment…”

Somehow, I was deflated.  But then I thought, what’s the difference if I ask or he asks?  Well, he has followers.  But what I came to realize, and now in my fourth paragraph I’m finally making my point, is that he was trying to make my day.  It took him less than 5 minutes.  It didn’t cost him anything.  The small effort that he put forth, gave me two days of pleasure.  The short-lived disappointment I had from his tweet, melted away when I realized that this person, my son, was just trying to make his mom happy from halfway across the world.  And he did.  And so did his followers that commented.

I want to add, that I also had comments from people who didn’t know my son.  People who took less than 5 minutes out of their day, to read my words and reach out to me and put that Cheshire grin back on my face.

Have you got a spare 5 minutes?  Go ahead, make someone’s day.  The simplest of things can often be the best, a smile, a hug, a word of encouragement, or a comment on their blog.  🙂

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7 Responses to Go ahead, make someone’s day.

  1. Elisa says:

    It’s those little things that make a difference in someone’s life that make the differences in ours. I’ll admit, I checked out your blog when Sean Tweeted about it. I subscribed to your feed cause I liked the content though. That you did all on your own. 🙂

  2. This is great, Sharon! I love your new blog. Pretty soon the Ogle family will need its own blog network. 🙂

    • sharonogle says:

      Chris, you succeeded in making my day! Thanks for the visit. You are a big part of why Sean is loving his life right now, and Sean is obviously a big part in mine and the reason I started my blog. Paying it forward, the ultimate way of making someone’s day. I can’t wait to delve into your blog a bit more. 🙂

  3. Poul Stefansen says:

    Well I love your blog, and I think your dog is super cute! How’s that for a double whammy!? But honestly, you’re right. I’ll update you when I’ve done my good deed for the day 🙂

  4. Tim says:

    Hey Sharon!
    Nice post! It was a pleasure to me! 🙂
    Yes, Sean’s and my blog subjects are pretty similar (Google translations is doing a great job, isn’t it?) and I really enjoy reading his posts. Even the ones about Portland. I’ve been there about 13 years ago spending 3 weeks in Lincoln High School as an exchange student and I LOVED it. But since then, I’ve never been there again. Sad but true. So, reading about Portland is a bit like recieving postcards from there…

    Greetings to Sean!

    Looking forward to reading more posts in your blogs –
    Tim | http://www.100ziele.de

  5. Poul Stefansen says:

    My good deed today was making Kat a smoothie for breakfast 🙂 Looking forward to more posts already (any way to include pictures?) Great work Sharon

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