Just a word or two could make the difference.

February 10th, 2010


I’ve been cleaning out my direct-message (DM) file on Twitter. DMs are the tweet-length messages that only your friends can send you privately; basically they function as a back channel of communication that runs in parallel to the publicly-viewable stream on Twitter.

DMs are super-short, like a text message, so there’s only so much you can say in one. But recently I pinged a friend I hadn’t talked to in a while, asked her how 2010 was going. She told me, in a few words, and then said:

“love your posts, you’re doing a great job”

That hit the spot. For all that I write and talk and tweet and blah blah blah all day every day, and for all that I’ve been at it for years now, I still don’t get enough of that feedback to fill my tank. Mind you, I’m not exactly suffering, and I forge ahead secure in the knowledge that I’m probably doing an okay job with my writing . . . but sometimes you just want to hear it.

Think about it: Who could use a kind word or two from you? Who could use a little bit of encouragement? Who might benefit from hearing the good news about themselves, spelled out in so many words?

Drop that person a line today, eh?


(Photo by sj_sanders, used under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.)

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