I often write about the connectedness of the blogosphere and how bloggers need to interact with others, give value and help each other out. Blogging in many ways is a social media platform in it’s own right. Alex Whalley really demonstrates the spirit of the Blogosphere.
Let me tell you a story about why Alex Whalley is the best.
Some months back, I had stumbled on Alex’s blog and his writing immediately caught my eye. So, I had started following his blog. I’ll leave a comment and he’ll respond back. When he leaves me a comment on blog he’ll always make a note to let me know that he’s tweeted, liked, submitted and stumbled my posts. That’s just awesome sharing there! So, that’s awesome, but that’s still not why he’s the best.
A few weeks back, I wrote a post about the power of branding. I had noticed that Alex had created a new logo for himself that was both simple, yet powerful. I used his logo as an example of good branding.
Alex stopped by and took notice of this post. (Of Course) He shared the post with everyone as he usually does, including his wife. (way cool)
At the same time, he mentioned that he noticed I had changed my avatar as well. This led to a friendly exchange about my avatar, as he mentioned that he was on the fence because it was a little busy. Frankly, I agreed with him but it had been on my mind to update my avatar.
This conversation stuck to me as a reminder that I still needed to work on my avatar a bit. I really wanted my avatar to reflect my brand better.
A week or so went by, and I finally was able to play around with my image editing software yesterday and quickly slapped together a new avatar. So, I had it up briefly for the day to see how it looked and mentioned it to Alex.
He emailed me that day to let me know he saw my avatar. He pointed out in the nicest way possible that it sucked (LOL). He actually was very nice about it and gave me some constructive criticism. He mentioned that it had the same color scheme as the default wordpress logo, which of course was a bad thing. It had been so long since I had paid any attention to the default wordpress that I did not notice.
Why Alex is the Best
So, Alex pointed out that I needed to change my logo right away. He explained why so I wouldn’t make the same mistake in the future. This was a wonderful help to me as a learning opportunity. I learned something from Alex that will help me out in the future. But that’s still not why he’s the best.
Alex also mentioned that he took some time out from his own busy schedule to make me an avatar and he attached it in his email! This was the perfect logo! It had powerful symbolism with the name of my blog clearly written out. It was awesome!
I quickly took down my other avatar and put this one up in its place. I also wrote Alex an email profusely thanking him and letting him know how much I appreciated this gesture. He really saved my figurative butt on this one and it was completely out of the blue.
Alex Whalley is the Best
So, to sum up: Alex Whalley is the best! This is true because he write awesome material on his blog. It’s true because when he visits your blog he leaves valuable comments behind. It’s also true because Alex shares your work with his followers, his friends and his family. Finally, this is true because Alex really demonstrates the spirit of the blogosphere that everyone talks about. He gives value to others, shares his own time and effort and asks little in return.
Alex didn’t ask me to write this post for him. So, I bet he’ll be surprised and maybe even a bit embarrassed. But he helped me out with his own time and effort without question the other day. His logo is now my avatar and my brand.
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