My List of Thanks

Thank You

Thanksgiving is always the perfect time to reflect on a year that’s gone by and show appreciation for the help, breaks and good fortune along the way. I didn’t write a “Thanksgiving post” last year. Maybe it was because I was still somewhat fresh off of a layoff and frantically figuring out what it was that I was doing.

One more year has gone by, and I appreciate that our family is still happy and healthy. We’ll never take health for granted again since the Thanksgiving of 2003 when our oldest son was weeks removed from surgery to carefully extract a cancerous tumor from his chest. Squeeze your little ones tightly, not only on this day but every day.

It’s an exciting time right now, and the imperfections of it all help keep me motivated. Nothing comes easily, which is what keeps me focused and determined. Running my own business is still completely new and exciting, which also means that we’re living a bit more frugally than we had in the past.

But let’s not get crazy. We still have our home, which is more than can be said for many people post-Sandy and elsewhere. It’s a challenge, but we’re still plenty damn lucky.

I’m pretty darn thankful for these little dudes!
I’m grateful that my wife continues to support this crazy dream, even though it often means an unshaven spouse still in his pajama pants in front of a computer at dinner time.

I appreciate being able to spend so many minutes and hours of the day watching my kids grow. There is simply nothing more enjoyable than coaching and sharing a passion for sports with my boys. One of the reasons I never did get that job was that I knew I couldn’t give up being so close to home.

I’m also thankful for the many people and things that helped guide me on this journey during the past year. Feel free to use this list as a starting point of expert tools and resources to drive your business.

My Business Friends

Momentarily after my layoff in August of 2011, John Haydon gave me a call and convinced me that I could go out on my own. Well, maybe he didn’t convince me, but that discussion made it a possibility. You believed in me when my confidence was at its lowest.

Soon after, Jay Scott of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation gave me my first shot as a consultant. He saw an opportunity in my misfortune, and I appreciate that he took a chance with me. Alex’s Lemonade is like family to us, and I was honored to provide any help I could.

Several others showed their support in the early days when I needed it most, and I apologize to those whom I will momentarily and neglectfully forget. But Mike Sansone, Justine Tan and Michael Wilson all saw something in me that I didn’t see myself. You gave me the confidence to keep going.

John Robinson has served as part business coach and part shrink, sorting through my mental obstacles and helping me stay focused. You’re more than the source of my tagline (“Social Media That Makes a Difference”); your words serve as inspiration in nearly everything I do.

I was inspired by the work of Danny Brown and Marcus Sheridan. You showed me what it means to not only be a writer, but a blogger. The difference being, of course, that you take the time to mingle with your readers and make them feel special and appreciated. You never left a comment of mine unanswered, no matter how incredibly busy you were. I learned more from you than you’ll ever know.

Thanks to Jim Belosic of ShortStack for making my first affiliate relationship a painless and profitable one. You’re the down-to-earth CEO that I want to be one day. It should be no surprise that you’re also my site’s first sponsor. A perfect match!

There was a clear and obvious turning point this year when I went from “blogger” to “entrepreneur.” Mari Smith and Amy Porterfield were a big part of that. You were willing to support and promote this little known blogger when no one else was. You also have been gracious in answering my many questions and helping show the way.

Thanks to Andrea Vahl for your patience and willingness to experiment with a video interview, sharing your stories of trials, comedies and successes.

Thanks to Emeric Ernoult for taking a chance with an emerging blogger. You’ve quickly become one of my strongest allies in the industry.

You are all friends and mentors who have meant the world to me during the past year. I couldn’t have done it without your example and your support. I am thankful for you!

My Favorite Tools

I’m also thankful for some inanimate objects that make my life easier.

ShortStack for making my tabs and contests look good.

AgoraPulse, PageLever and PostRocket for helping me wrap my brain around the stats. You help me look smarter than I actually am.

Thanks to the Genesis Framework for making me look like a web designer and AWeber for simplifying my email marketing.

Thanks to TweetDeck, the Hootlet, Buffer and Timely (RIP) for making my social media management… well, manageable.

Other Great Resources

While I may have an extensive history in social media marketing, I know that I’m infinitely more informed now than I was a year ago. A big reason for that is the content from people like Heidi Cohen, Jay Baer, Kim Castleberry, Hugh Briss, Robert Scoble, Mitch Joel, Jason Falls and many more.

It’s because of helpful resources like Copyblogger and ProBlogger. I swear there is not a single post that comes from your sites that I do not read. I eat it up and appreciate you!

Finally, I don’t know what I’d do without the insanely thorough work of the good people at Hubspot, Social Media Examiner, Mashable, TechCrunch, AllFacebook and InsideFacebook. You make research easy!


And last, but certainly not least, I’m thankful for YOU!

Whether you are a friend or an acquaintance, a customer or a passer by. Whether you were here from the beginning or are reading my stuff for the first time today. I do not take you for granted. I appreciate every word you read, every comment you write and every article you share.

You’ve inflated my ego, kept me humble, put me in my place, educated me and helped me become a better writer and business person. I’ve gotten to know many of you by your names and some of you more personally.

I would not have the courage to grow this company and continue on this journey without your support and participation.

Thank you!

And with that, it’s time to enjoy a day of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sleep, turkey leftovers, alcoholic beverages and more sleep. If you’re outside of the US, enjoy your quieter internet for a day!

  • Andrea Sodergren Vahl

    Thanks for the shout out Jon! Love all that you are doing! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

    • Jon Loomer

      Thanks, Andrea! Let’s get together soon!

  • Петър Петков

    Thanks for greeting Jon!

  • badmus

    You are a rare gem

  • MikeSansone

    Thank you, Jon. I appreciate and applaud your sincere drive and desire to help others succeed. Stay contagious and courageous!

    • Jon Loomer

      Love the line, Mike! Keep in touch, my friend.

  • Marcus Sheridan

    Jon, wow bud, that’s one heck of a “thank you” note…honored to know you brother and have a wonderful weekend–and congrats on having a beautiful and amazing family.

    • Jon Loomer

      Thanks, Marcus! Honored to have you stop by and comment, my friend. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and let’s get together sometime soon.

  • wilsonmichael

    Great thank you note, my friend. I continue to be impressed by what you’re doing.

    • Jon Loomer

      Thanks, Michael! You definitely have a piece of this. Really appreciate your encouragement along the way!

  • Reid Rosefelt

    Thank you, Jon. I am grateful for your honesty and your generosity with all yourr knowledge. It’s so clear how hard you work. I look forward to reading every post you write.

    • Jon Loomer

      Really appreciate that, Reid. Feels great knowing that what I write is being read and enjoyed. Makes it all worthwhile! Keep at it yourself, my friend.

  • Jo

    Such a nice ‘thanks’ message, thanks right back at you Jon, you share so much and it is invaluable. I am just a little Australian enjoying trying to make sense of this social media mania and feel lucky I stumble on your blog. You are now a crucial resource for me (and ultimately my clients)

    • Jon Loomer

      That’s awesome, Jo. I’m honored and grateful you find value in what I do. Stick around!

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  • Justine

    Jon, what an incredibly sweet post. Don’t forget, you helped me out too – so for all of us who’re struggling to get going, we sometimes give as much as we receive. And you did just that. And more. So thank YOU for being there for me as well.

    It so happens that my path veered off again into a direction that I am now happier with, even though we seemed to be on the same trajectory as one point. However, don’t count me out yet. I may be back, and when I am, I will be looking to you for guidance. By then, you’ll be light years ahead, and more successful than you’ve ever imagined because you’re passionate about both your goals and your family. Two main ingredients for success, if you ask me. And it will be well-deserved for sure.

    Good luck on your journey, and I am really happy for you that you’ve come this far. It’s been a pleasure to see you take off like that.

    • Jon Loomer

      Thanks so much, Justine. I’m so happy for you that you’ve found what makes you happy! Keep in touch, and let me know where the journey leads you!

  • Danny Brown

    Hey there mate,

    First, thank you for your very kind words and for the nice shout out here (especially alongside Marcus). It’s been a true pleasure getting to know you through both comments and conversations away from the blog, and I really look forward to taking that into 2013 and beyond.

    Secondly, thanks for the heads-up on some great tools I wasn’t aware of – you can be sure I’ll be checking them out over the holiday period!

    Have a great one, sir!

    • Jon Loomer

      You bet, Danny! People like you and Marcus made my transition a much easier one.

      Awesome to see you here, my friend! Keep in touch.

      • Danny Brown

        Just subscribed, sir, and going through the archives later. :)

        • Jon Loomer

          You’re the man, Danny! Absolutely honored and happy to have you aboard!