How Many Ways To Say Thank You? (Part I – Thanks)

Thanks - Flickr - vernhartMy entire life has been spent pouring every ounce of energy into every single thing I do – both personally and professionally. From applying to be the next Apprentice to running for School Board in Durham, NC to being the biggest Bronto advocate I could possibly be, I only know one way:

All In

Most recently, this “all in” attitude helped me to secure my role as Director of Community at Blue Sky Factory (BSF). However, there is absolutely no way on earth that I’d have had the guts or the confidence to pursue the BSF job if not for other people. As this blog is all about people, I thought it was appropriate that the first few posts be dedicated to thanking them.

Please note: I agonized over this first post. It was originally one mega post (>3k words). Thanks to some twitter advice, I opted to break my “thank you’s” into a series of  3 posts.

Part I focuses on people that I know (and have met) in real life. The list is in no way comprehensive and is in no particular order.

1. K-Dawg – For those that know me, K-Dawg is my wife … also known as Kristina or K. I met K in Rochester, NY (my hometown) at a bar Thanksgiving weekend, 2001. I’ve followed her through 4 years of Medical School and 4 years of Ob/Gyn Residency (UNC Chapel-Hill), and even decided to move to Salt Lake City with her as she embarks on the next chapter – a 3-year fellowship at the U of Utah in Maternal Fetal Medicine. K-Dawg, while nearly as competitive as I, does not enjoy the spotlight as I do. She doesn’t like to be the center of attention. However, Kristina is always the first to support me in any new (often whacky) endeavor that I choose to embark on. My new gig at Blue Sky Factory is no exception. K-Dawg is the best. Oh yeah, today (July 14th) is her 31st birthday. Thanks, K!

2. Maddy Hubbard – I’ve actually only met Maddy in person once. I’ve only spoken with her on the phone 2 or 3 times. However, my IM/Twitter relationship with Maddy is very powerful. Maddy is the kind of person you feel as though you’ve known your entire life. She’s an incredible listener, a confident woman, a wonderful mother/wife, and someone who I’d be honored to work with some day. I’ve confided in Maddy on many occasions in the past and hope that our paths will continue to cross well into the future. Thanks, Maddy!

3. Jason Baer – I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Jason as the co-chair of the eec/DMA Consumer Education Roundtable. We’ve met only once (Email Evolution Conference in Arizona, Feb ’09), but have had countless phone conversations and exchanged many tweets. Jason cares deeply about those around him and rarely passes up an opportunity to publicly recognize individuals for their work. An incredible individual himself, Jason is the kind of guy who you could ask a favor and he’d either help himself or connect you with the correct person. He also happens to write for one of my favorite blogs, Convince & Convert. Thanks, Jay!

4. Tamara Gielen – I first became “aware” of Tamara a few years ago as I was an avid reader of her blog, BeRelevant. I’ve followed Tamara (with business cards to prove it) through her time at eBay, the Email Marketers Club, Ogilivy, and now as she’s ventured into the scary/exciting path of entrepreneurship. Besides being one of the sharpest minds in the world of email marketing, Tamara is one of the friendliest (always smiling!) individuals I’ve ever met. Like Maddy, I’ve confided in Tamara on many occasions. She’s always been supportive, encouraging, and willing to lend a hand. One of the best! Thanks, Tamara!

5. Stephanie Miller – If you don’t know (or know of) Stephanie Miller, you are in the minority. Stephanie (aka “SAM”) is one of those unique individuals who knows just about everyone in the world; she’s a connector. If SAM is talking with a group of people and you approach her, she’ll stop, introduce everyone, and be the first to say not only what you do (professionally & personally), but also why you rock. SAM seems to create extra hours in the day and is always the first to volunteer to help out. She’s been integral in the process of helping me land my new role. I’m really looking forward to working with her even more in the coming years. Thanks, SAM!

6. Amy Garland – I first connected with Amy when we discovered our mutual, true love – Lost (of course). During the season, Amy is the first person I IM with on Thursday morning – recapping & dissecting the previous night’s show and predicting what will happen next. I’m sure Amy was not surprised when she learned I was joining the BSF team. As my “inside” into BSF before I even knew I may work there, Amy provided a glimpse of the culture that exists at Blue Sky Factory…one that is positively contagious. Thanks, Amy!

7. Greg Cangialosi – I have an entire future blog post dedicated to Greg (how I landed my new gig via Twitter), so I’ll save the real juice until then. Suffice to say, without Greg’s willingness to take a chance on me – creating a new role – I would not be BSF’s new Director of Community. Now…time to exceed expectations. Thanks, Greg!

8. Joe Colopy, Chaz Felix & the entire Bronto crew – Without being given the opportunity 4 years ago to jump back into the business world (I spent the previous 4 years teaching middle schoolers), I would never be in the position I’m in today. I’m truly grateful to Joe, Chaz and my good friends at Bronto for their support and for encouraging me to continue growing professionally. While not thrilled, they were gracious in seeing me off. I would have expected nothing less. Thanks, Bronto!

9. Stefan Pollard, Chad White, Loren McDonald, Dylan Boyd, Al Iverson, etc etc etc – This list could go on forever. These are just a handful of the many people in the email marketing ecosystem that I’ve learned so much from. Group hug. Thanks, all!

10. Mike Rundle – I’ve known Mike for the past few years. Bronto was fortunate enough to nab him. I know him as the dude who works barefoot, has 100 things going on at once (talks & types fast), designs cool/practical crap like Beak (a twitter client for Mac), and kicks my butt in foosball. However, what I also forget about Mike is that he is THE MAN. I’ve been meaning to buy him this shirt for some time now as Mike is kind of a big deal. If you don’t know Mike, it’s likely that you don’t own a Mac or have no connection to the design world. Oh yeah, speaking of big deals, Mike didn’t want me to make one…but he designed the site logo/header, sidebar logos, and helped me a ton with SEO. Thanks, Mike!

Stay tuned for Parts II & III.

Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

DJ Waldow
@djwaldow

21 comments
DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Wow. Wow. Wow. (maybe that should be the title of an upcoming post). Thanks to everyone for such kind words. Wow. Truly amazing. Those that know me are aware that I am pumped for this blog. A forum where I get to extend the conversation? Really?

@Amanda - From one BSF fan to another...@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@Dobber
- You know me and JT
- Rock? Is there any other way?
- You've certainly been integral in my learning. Thanks, man!
- Yeah, 2 of my favorite videos.
- All about sharing the love, right?
- DUDE!
- Lots of pressure to post a good comment, huh? Well done! You've been (and continue to be) a big supporter.
- Now the pressure is on to write good content, huh?
- All I can say is that may be the nicest thing anyone has ever written. Really. I read it out loud to K-Dawg. Thanks, man.
- Bronto is lucky to have you. I'll miss the day to day banter, but we can have it here.
- A subscriber! Yes! Glad I figured out how to install that one.
- PUMPED? Me? You? Nahhh.
- P&P. Done.
- Thanks for stopping by. I hope I can entertain enough to keep you coming back for more.
- The. World's. Nicest. Person. Fred.
- Scary how similar and yet how different we are.
- LOST. LOST. LOST. All this means now is more IMs from me.
- J-Club is public knowledge.
- I'm very happy to be a dork. I didn't know you read blogs.

Thanks again everyone. Time to write more...

DJ [email protected]

Dobber
Dobber

Great read DJ
You have had an amazing journey and interested to see where it takes you. I know it will be full of many more accomplishments in uncharted territory.

Truth be told - you are still a dork

David Prince
David Prince

Congrats on the launch of your blog DJ! Now maybe the rest of the world can benefit from the wisdom passed on from the J-club.

Wait, do others know about the J-club? Is it OK to discuss in public?

Good stuff dude.
.-= David Prince´s last blog ..Natural New Zealand =-.

Amy Garland
Amy Garland

And thanks for including me as well! Glad you're a part of the BSF team and we're looking forward to seeing you work your magic! First stop: Blue Sky Factory TV on Thursday. Can't wait!

Dylan Boyd
Dylan Boyd

DJ:

Just actually got into Twitter after 1pm today. Always a gage of how busy a day gets. Thanks for the props, excited to have you gainfully employed and at a great company BSF. Excited to run the smack, banter and behind the scenes good talks with you soon.
PS. Odd you chose this domain as that was my nickname in high school. Dammit
.-= Dylan Boyd´s last blog ..Gmail to Enter the Verified Accounts Game =-.

Anna Yeaman
Anna Yeaman

Happy to have found your new blog. Look forward to your posts...congrats on the job!
.-= Anna Yeaman´s last blog ..Product image 360 in Email =-.

Eric
Eric

This blog is - dare I say it - polished and professional.

Greg Cangialosi
Greg Cangialosi

Congrats on the launch of the new blog :-) Thanks for putting me on the list, and I speak for all of us here at BSF that we are PUMPED to have you on the team. So glad you were able to spend some solid face time with the crew last week.

Looking forward to reading the posts!

G

Chad White
Chad White

Congrats, DJ. You've got a subscriber in me.
.-= Chad White´s last blog ..Executive Series on Email Marketing: How to Keep Recessionary Pressures from Ruining Your Email Program =-.

Kristen Gregory
Kristen Gregory

Congrats on your launch, Social Butterfly Guy!

I can't wait to see more posts!!!

Jason Baer
Jason Baer

Huge congrats on the new blog. Great title, looks good. It's going to be a smash.

I have to say, I'm thrilled and a little embarrassed to be in such esteemed company in your maiden post. Truthfully, you've done a lot more for me than I have for you. That's probably true of everyone on this list (except K). You give and give, and all you see is what little you received back in comparison. That's the sign of someone who doesn't just "get" social media, or community management, but someone who gets people and life.

You're wrong about yourself in your first post. It's not your drive that makes you successful, it's your humanity. You're not the "Social Butterfly Guy" because it's fun, or expedient, or even right. You're the butterfly because you can't help it. And that's a gift. You didn't learn any of that from me, or anyone else on this list.

I'm thrilled for you, and can't wait to see how far you'll fly.
.-= Jason Baer´s last blog ..Beth Kanter – The Twitter 20 Interview on Social Media and Social Change =-.

Michael Barber
Michael Barber

Hey DJ - Congrats on the new position and looking forward to reading the content on the blog.

Cheers,
Michael

Maddy Hubbard
Maddy Hubbard

That is quite a list and I am honored to be included. You are going to do an amazing job in your new role, without a doubt!

The fine folks at BSF aren't going to know what hit them! I can't wait to see what happens next!

denise cox
denise cox

Rock it D U D E

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.-= denise cox´s last blog ..You want me to sign up? Why should I? =-.

Stephanie Miller (@StephanieSAM)
Stephanie Miller (@StephanieSAM)

DJ - How cool is this for a first blog post! Good job. You gave away the kudos, but I think you could keep them all yourself. You are the kind of person who always shares the love. You are successful because you do it, and you work it and you are smart and competent and fun and always gracious. No wonder people love to be around you and support you. Congrats on the new gig, and I can't wait to hear what the heck you come up with next on this blog. Oy!

I'm honored to be on a list with folks I respect like Maddy, Greg, Tamara, Jason and "K-Dawg." She must be the woman for you if she lets you call her that!

Onward!

SAM

jess moschetti
jess moschetti

excited to have a new spot to check in and see what's happening in the world of DJ, and also of course to watch clips from Wedding Crashers and Old School, obvi
.-= jess moschetti´s last blog ..ibexgirl: RT @RetailEmailBlog: Executive Series on Email Mrkting: How to Keep Recessionary Pressures from Ruining Your Email Program http://tr.im/shDS =-.

Adam Covati
Adam Covati

Well done man, I'm glad to see that you got this blog launched. I'm expecting great things from this site, but that's nothing new for you.

Best of luck to you as you start a few new endeavors in your life.
.-= Adam Covati´s last blog ..Twitter is a fad. Twitter is useless. Twitter provides no value. =-.

Tamara Gielen
Tamara Gielen

I feel very honored to be included in this list. Thank you too, DJ! I always enjoy talking to you and I am sure you are going to ROCK in this new job of yours. Greg is very lucky to have you in his team!

Caroline
Caroline

I'm very disappointed DJ. There's a glaring absence of a one, Justin Timberlake on this list.

Nice blog, keep up the good work! And thanks for the chair.

-Caroline

Amanda O'Brien
Amanda O'Brien

Best of luck to you in your new role! I know you'll be amazing! Keep up the good work!
A