Thursday is Thanksgiving in the States … a day devoted to family, football, and eating our own weight in pie. Two kinds, please.
And, of course, gratitude.
I probably don’t take as much time as I should to sit down and think about everything I’m grateful for. I wrote a post like this one last year, and it was surprisingly fun (and humbling). It turns out my gratitude list is embarrassingly long, and it starts (and ends) with the readers of this blog.
If I tried to list every single thing I’m grateful for, we’d all be here until after Groundhog Day. So I’ll just hit a few highlights — and hopefully find out what’s on your gratitude list this year.
Here’s my personal and very partial list.
I’m grateful for the amazing students in Teaching Sells and Third Tribe
This is a repeat from last year. We have the most passionate, motivated, hard-working, and just plain smart customers anywhere. Every day I’m knocked out by their clear vision of what they want to create, and the discipline they show to get there. It’s such an honor to work with them.
I’m grateful for the StudioPress community
Another repeat. Brian Gardner is the kind of guy who leads by example. The warmth, the class, and the community of support shown by our StudioPress
crazed fanatics valued customers is a direct reflection of the heart and soul Brian has poured into Genesis over the years.
I’m grateful to our brilliant developer team
You know what’s awesome? To come up with ideas like, “Content marketing would be 10,000 times easier if there was some software that did this …” and then have a team that can actually make that a reality. As Keanu said, Whoa.
Our support team are the heroes of Copyblogger. It’s not often you find people who are that smart and that patient. I love this crew, they show up every day with so much grace and good humor.
It’s Rafal Tomal’s job to make all of us look really, really fantastic. And he does it so beautifully. Thanks, Rafal. I also love the video and other work that Josh Byers has been doing for us. Sweet.
Oh yeah, and a kickass writing team!
In addition to the brilliant and handsome Robert Bruce, this year we’ve added the awe-inspiring brain power of Kelton Reid, Beth Hayden, and Demian Farnworth. With this creative Dream Team, yes, we will be taking over the universe. We’ll also be writing about it.
It’s nice to have a few designated grown-ups, too
Namely Chris Garrett, Jessica Commins, and Ricardo Bueno, who have all joined our team this year. And by “grown-up” I mean “crazy talented, incredibly knowledgeable, great to work with, and slightly certifiable.”
Can’t forget Synthesis
Rumor has it you have to be a little nuts to work with Krewe Copyblogger, and our Synthesis WordPress hosting team has proven it. Derick, Jerod and the Synthesis team are lunatics for getting it right … and it shows. Thanks, guys.
I’m grateful I worked up the nerve …
To ask Brian Clark, almost five years ago, if maybe some time I could write a Copyblogger guest post. Dang, what a long strange trip that has been.
I’m grateful I was too stubborn to keep my day job
And too weird, and too argumentative in meetings, and entirely unfit for life in a normal job.
I’m grateful for my beautiful little family
To respect their privacy I don’t talk about them a lot, but trust me, they’re the best Big Dude and Little Dude ever.
I’m grateful to my kettlebell trainer
The small but mighty Val Hedlund is one of four women in the world to have completed the RKC Iron Maiden challenge. She’s also my trainer, responsible for my progressive addiction to kettlebells and strength training. Val’s the reason I can swing a 72-pound kettlebell without hurting myself, and yes, I think that’s a little scary, too.
I’m grateful to Seth Godin
For putting ideas into my head. Reading your work was what made me decide to take the red pill in the first place. Thank you.
I’m grateful to you
I know I said it before, but it bears repeating.
Thank you so much for reading, for commenting, for sharing the posts, for your interest and support and intelligent criticism, for keeping us honest, for buying the tools we make, for giving a damn about doing great work.
You are magnificent, and everyone at Copyblogger is supremely grateful for your time and attention.
How about you?
I want to know what you’re grateful for! Whether you’re celebrating U.S. Thanksgiving or not, it feels great to take a minute and think about what’s made your life better this year. Let us know about it in a comment below. And if you do a blog post similar to this one, give us the link so we can all come cheer you on!