A Cool Contact Form

If you are thinking about the format of your contact form, you might want to have a look at what Merlin Mann has on his site. 🙂

While listening to his episode on Beyond The To Do List, I latched on to something he said — and was reminded of a book I was reading. Reminded by what Mel Robbins said during her talk (“If you have one of those little impulses that are pulling you. If you don’t marry it with an action within five seconds, you pull the emergency break and kill the idea.”), I instantly clung to the thought of sending him a message — and went straight to Merlin’s contact page.

Now when I got there…I instantly noticed (okay…maybe not instantly!) that this was no ordinary contact form. As Merlin has sprinkled some notes for different sections of the form.

Name (A tidbit from DC and how disagrees with it)

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Email Address (Assuring you that it will be safe…then pulling your leg.)

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Your Introduction (How you know him. My favourite bit: “If we haven’t met, please tell me your favorite thing you ever made. Where I can go to admire it?”)

* Now…I’m guessing my brain is still on autopilot, because somehow…despite having read that. I still had it in my head that I should put in my message (I didn’t expect there was a next page! Sorry Merlin!)

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Message Importance (I really like this one, as it can tell a bit about the person sending the message. Would the content of their message match the message importance they have selected?)

 

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Subject Line (he hints — and slightly dares you? — that it would be good to put some thought on the subject line you go for.)

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Message Content (a limit might be a good idea for first time…message…senders..)

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Doesn’t that make you smile? I did notice that on his FAQ, he mentions that he will likely not be able to get back to my message. Even with the knowledge, that I may not hear back from him…I still find him likable (Isn’t that great? Being able to leave a good impression, even if there is a significant chance a visitor from your site wouldn’t likely get a response from you?).

Have you come across a contact form that you were delighted by? I’m sure others would like to hear about it as well! 😀

P.S. I got another chance to apply Mel’s advice right before I hit send (the thought was: “this would be an interesting post!”)…and the action was to make a note of the structure of the post. I managed to jot it down quickly — and am using it now as a guide. 🙂

 

First time visiting? It’ll be great if you head here after reading. 🙂

 

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Balanced Reading

Have chosen some posts that caught my eye to read:

 

Do you have some to add? (Doesn’t have to be the same topic! Could me something that caught your eye and you just wanted to share! Or maybe a suggestion for another website I could visit that has great content?)

 

First time visiting? It’ll be great if you head here after reading. 🙂

 

How I Use Twitter

Still on the fence whether you should sign up? Or resurrect your account (because when you tried using Twitter, it was just too much to bother investing time in)?

 

To leverage the time I spend on Twitter, I’ve set some guidelines for myself:

  • Only follow individuals who share their first and last names on their profile.
  • If someone follows me, I don’t need to follow back automatically. (Though I do usually follow back)
  • Consider connecting with a person outside of Twitter (preferably via email), if they do not respond to (or struggle to keep track of) direct messages.
  • Minimise Tweets, and focus more on direct messaging.
  • No using external apps (particularly auto responders).
  • Limit people I am following.

 

Of course, as with guidelines, they are a starting point — and don’t have to be set in stone. If there are times I think I have to deviate from it, having that specific guideline in mind just helps me give that action a second (or third!) thought.

 

One example is following @SomeKernels author of ‘Some Kernels of Truth‘ (deviation from guideline #1):

 

Would love to hear how you make the most of your time on Twitter! Do you have guidelines too (even if they are just mental notes! I actually hadn’t written out my guidelines until this post!)? Use the comment section below or send me a message directly. 🙂

Disqus

It’s been awhile since I have posted on Disqus — and one thing I noticed between Firefox and Chrome was how each browser had displayed the same page.

 

Firefox looked like this:

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and Chrome:

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The differences:

  • Chrome seem to have everything, except the pingbacks.
  • Firefox didn’t seem to be ‘Disqus’ friendly at all! As the page kept…loading…and loading…and loading…and loading even up to the point I snapped the screen-shot

 

Keen to hear your theories on why this is the case! 🙂

What the Feed!?

You know how you expect to see something after a certain action…and then suddenly…something completely different happens?

Usually after posting each entry (both here and the WNE Q&A), I look at the tag feed. To check if the post got picked up, as soon as it has been published. What I found is some tags do not pick-up posts instantly — and even if I haven’t found a use for that bit of information…I’m sure my brain is happy to have it on standby!

Right after I posted Josh’s Q&A — I noticed something odd that came up when it showed up on the tag feed:

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Comparing what you see when you look through Josh’s Q&A. The summary on the tag feed doesn’t reflect what the entry looks like:

  • Picture of Josh’s ‘book buy stash‘ (Instagram)
  • Teaser: “Josh shares his journey as a reader, one way he makes use of Evernote, and his approach to find homes for a number of books after he got married.”
  • First few lines of the Q&A.

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Instead what came up was:

  • Photo for my mini-bio (which you can find at the end of the Q&A with a LOT of scrolling)
  • Text from Josh’s Instagram post.
  • More text from the said Instagram post!

 

When I saw the weird summary come up on the feeds..the following thoughts came up:

  • Wow…I shouldn’t put in my picture there (maybe somehow WordPress puts it as a priority?)…and just leave my mini-bio in text format…and just link to my photo.
  • Now visitors might think that that’s how each Q&A looks like! That it doesn’t make sense (I made peace with this thought). 🙂
  • WordPress….WHY!? (Then I thought of a way to send my message of woe through Twitter or one of the WordPress forums. Though after awhile thinking about it…I realise I have two options: wait and check my next post or just post it anyway…just in case it is an issue WordPress isn’t aware of)

 

Have you experienced something similar? Please…please…oh…please let me know! 🙂

 

Why Should You Show Your Work?

Because you are being you. That’s Why! 😀

Jessica Hagy puts it beautifully: “there’s nothing stopping you from being astounding in your own context. It’s an art, after all: and art is always open to interpretation.”

 

Now…it’s just not as easy as ‘staying at the same level’ as now. You do have to put in some time to find a way to find your best self. And the first step could be finding a habit that holds you back —- or maybe find an accountability partner (or group).

 

 

More of the good stuff:

  • Underdogs Can’t Win Being Copycats – “think outside the box and be the best version of yourself.”
  • The importance of being you – “in the big picture of what it is to be a happy human being. It’s hugely important to your health and happiness in life to be you.”
  • Being Your Best Self – Even When Times Are Tough – When you employ the attitude of being your best self, and your focus is toward the highest good, your sense of who you really are will get stronger, and you will get more out of life. You will get a wonderful feeling from doing the right thing.”