Who says you don't rock? Be your own cheering section!

I work hard. You work hard. We all try our best out there in the world. Some days rock; others don't. But we persevere.

This morning I woke up, ready to take on the world. Then, I got knocked down a peg. I saw a tweet from a new Twitter friend, Erica Allison, saying I should have been on some list. I saw a second tweet from Erica, telling someone else about my Kloutgate: The Battle Between Mean Girls and Influencers blog post.

First off, I was touched by the kindness of Erica's support. Apparently she thought I had been slighted in some way and came to my defense. Pretty darn sweet of her, especially considering Erica and I only really connected a week ago. So, off I went to scour some Twitter streams to see what list Erica was talking about. And, I eventually found it: 32 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Klout.

Now, I'm not gonna lie, after looking at the post, I felt bad that I wasn't included. My Klout post got great traffic and catapulted up to the seventh most read piece on my blog to date. I was pretty proud that it had done so well. But, apparently, I wasn't on the gal's radar who wrote the brilliant bloggers piece. Or, heck, maybe I was and she didn't think I was brilliant. Stranger things have happened.

I traded a few tweets with another new friend, Lisa Thorell, someone else who Erica said should have been on the list. I said to her, "we make our own success" and then I brushed off the hurt feelings. Onward and upward.

Life is full of ups and downs. Some days we're on top; other days we aren't. We decide how we feel. We decide how we act. We make our days happy or miserable. It's all on us.

So, as you go about your day today, do your best. Whatever it is you do, do it as well as you can. If someone notices, great. If not, that's fine, too.

Pride comes from within. And, as nice as it is to be acknowledged, having a sense of self and a feeling of fulfillment is really what it's about. We are frequently our own harshest critics, but shouldn't we also be our own biggest cheerleaders?

Now, seize the day and get out there and impress yourselves. I know you have it in you. And, so do I...

P.S. Congratulations to the talented Erica Allison for making the list and for all her support! 


  1. you did see it was by submission right? oh wait, that's why you tweeted your list post yes?

  2. No, it wasn't by submission. It was what the blogger chose to include. However, Erica was kind enough to point out my post to the blogger and she included it in the comments.

    None of the posts in the Brilliant Blogger series are by submission ;-)

  3. but but but
    that's not what it SAYS...
    erica is good peeps

  4. Ok, I re-read it. You're so right. Apparently, I could have SAID I was brilliant and I might have been included. Ok, color me stupid.

    But, the point isn't completely lost (or is it?). Have a good attitude ;-)

  5. I guess I misunderstood this?
    "Want your post included? Simple email me at allison@abcontentonline.com with “Brilliant Blogger Link” in the subject line. Remember, only posts about this topic will be accepted. If you have another brilliant post, save it for a topic that better fits the post! Submissions will be accepted until March 2, 2011 at noon. Deadline pass already? Head the most recent Brilliant Bloggers post to see this week’s topic. (Want to work ahead, getting ready for a future Brilliant Bloggers?

  6. Todd, I just tweeted Erica and she said she didn't submit her post for the list. So, maybe you CAN submit your stuff, but the blogger also includes whatever she wants and likes.

  7. maybe someone did...
    or it was just the blogger
    either way, you were DENIED! DENIED I say!
    melodrama moment gone

  8. Sorry to intrude...but my name has been mentioned! First, thank you Amber for the shout out in your post! And you most definitely rock! No, I did not submit my post for that list...had no idea the option for the blog existed (to be quite brutally honest). So, I have no idea how my post got included...I didn't think that many peeps read it!

    xs and os to you both

  9. Thanks for chiming in, Erica. Not an intrusion at all. Thanks for setting everything straight!

    I didn't think you had submitted it. Someone obviously noticed you and that's great. Again, congratulations, Erica!

  10. Ok, for better or worse, I'm back to being shut out on the list, huh? D'oh! :-)

  11. Thanks for the shout-out, Amber! Great post! I agree with Todd: You were denied! Ironically, I think some of this has to do with one of the objections I have to the Klout score, side-effect though it may be: namely, it perpetuates the encumbents. A writer researching the most brilliant blog posts on Klout is likely to start with the well-known highly networked names. Their brilliance of the past has earned them the position of people expecting more brilliance from them. It's simply harder for the writer to find some perhaps even more brilliant blog post from a lesser known -- and more risky to them to state that it is brilliant.

    I researched over 40 Klout blog posts in writing my Klout and Its Critics piece and I can tell you firmly that you were the first to describe well the user manual gaming of the system in Kloutgate. Kudos to you! I suspect you are going to produce more insightful pieces, hitting it out of the ballpark. It may take a few more swings at the bat to get the likes of BlogWorld to notice, but I'm confident in the end they will! You go, girl!

  12. Thank you so much for your kind support, Lisa. I truly appreciate it. Your piece was beautifully researched and that is a rare thing for most blog posts. I can only guess how much time you invested in it.

    All we can do is do our best, right? I did and I can hold my head high as long as I do that. You, too. :-)

    Thanks again for the comment, Lisa. Glad Kloutgate brought us together ;-)

  13. You definitely rock. In my book (or my my keyboard), you're way way up the list and you got klout, honey!

  14. Aw, thanks Pam! You're very kind. It means a lot. You're pretty special yourself! ;-)

  15. In my book and on my internet, you're a star, Amber! I look to your very helpful advice all the time and I've learned so much from you! Here's a hug and a nice pat on your back!

  16. You're such a sweetheart. Thank you, Jean!

    I didn't write this piece to get compliments, but I'm honored and humbled by your kindness. Thank you so much and I'm so happy our paths crossed in the Twittersphere. ;-)

  17. To my dear new friend...I was coming to check out your site to comment on a previous post - which I still will - but I was distracted by this posting. I have been feeling this way lately myself...and have only in the last few weeks become my own cheerleader although I still have some down days.

    That Klout Post was incredibly awesome and I can't imagine that people signing onto Klout didn't explode after your post. We can only see those who posted...but I can only imagine how many MORE actually checked it out and just didn't comment...oh you know those numbers grrrl! And I KNOW those numbers should definitely encourage you. : )

    With that...who knows why you didn't make that list...maybe she isn't as informed as she would like to believe and therefore missed it....who knows...one can only speculate..but you should even bother..

    Have I told you today how much I LOVE your blog?: ) Now on to the original reason for my visit...lol

  18. PS thaat was ....."but you SHOULDN"T even bother"...lol

  19. Thanks for all your kind support, Rachel! Very glad that our paths crossed online.

    Keep up all the great work you do on the Web! You're doing important outreach and I'm more than happy to be a part of YOUR cheering section!

    Your fan,

  20. Gotcha! :-)

    You know, you CAN go back and edit your comments here. I do it from time to time when I have a typo. Just click the "edit" button that is below your comment on the right. It's a handy like thing. I can't stand leaving an error uncorrected, either!

  21. You definitely rock. In my book (or my my keyboard), you're way way up the list and you got klout, honey!


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