Cool blog redesign, huh?
There’s a neat story behind it.
I had been intending to have the blog redesigned for a long time, but always got sidetracked with something else. (All of those “something else’s” turned out to be really good things.)
Finally I gave it the attention it deserved and got with the lady who did the original. After a few days and a few tweaks, the newly designed blog went live.
As I was looking at the front page, I noticed the first post was Your Shoes, from February 3.
I was looking at it on February 23.
I post to my blog at least five times a week, which meant there were about 15 posts missing.
And not just any 15 posts. I promoted those posts pretty actively all over Facebook and other social media sites.
So when someone clicked on them, they’d get an error message.
Not exactly what most bloggers would be looking for.
So I messaged my person and told her what I was seeing.
I could feel her stop breathing from 700 miles away.
While she was working on the blog, she had accidentally deleted the three weeks worth of missing posts.
You wouldn’t believe the apologies and remorse that came at me.
In everyone’s business, or career, or even their relationships, we have those critical moments.
How we react when something goes wrong.
Especially if it’s something that someone “did to us.”
If they are an easy target for blame.
Now I am far from perfect. Ask around!
But one of the things I’ve gotten pretty good at is finding compassion when people are vulnerable.
And seeing the big picture. What’s important. Not the details that don’t matter very much.
Yes, I wanted those posts. I didn’t want a three week gap.
And I didn’t want the damage it would do to my SEO.
What I really didn’t want is to hurt someone who obviously was trying to do the right thing.
All the anger and self-righteous indignation in the world wasn’t going to bring the posts back.
All the blame in the world wouldn’t have made a difference…other than to make me part of the problem.
And someone who took pride in her work was already beating themselves up more than I ever could.
What I do want is to have an online presence where people come to feel challenged, and inspired, and better than when they came in.
And a few missing posts weren’t going to change that.
I figured out pretty quickly that getting upset about missing posts was more about my ego, than about how I can serve my readers.
And that’s a crappy way to run a coaching and development site.
I let my friend out of the box, which I never really put her in in the first place.
In fact I told her the story would make a good blog post all by itself!
And if you want to believe in karma, or Law of Attraction, or just random chance, feel free.
But about two hours ago the posts magically reappeared.
It wasn’t magic. I don’t know what she did, but she got a tech crew to go digging deep into the back of the site.
Would she have gone that extra mile if I hadn’t been decent with her? Probably. She’s that kind of person.
But we usually do good things for people who make us feel better when we’re around them, not worse.
There’s your take away…
You can have the greatest product, or service, or bizz opp in the world.
You can have the greatest skills.
Or even the fattest wallet.
You can be a total hottie.
But when you reach into people…
When you leave them better because you treat them with respect and honor..
When you stop blaming people even though it’s the easiest thing to do…
You are attractive, in the truest sense of the word.
And you have more fun on the journey than someone with all the features, but not the substance.
Be cool. Be real. Be good.
Have you shown compassion when it would have been easy to just get mad?
Has someone ever been good to you when you didn’t expect it?
Did it make a real difference in your life, or someone else’s?
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