As the year comes to a close I've reflected on what made this crazy year so special. Let's face it, things all over the world are pretty bad, and whether you're a designer, illustrator, marketing specialist or car salesman, you felt the pinch again this year.
But even with all the setbacks and economic down turn, there are many things that made a difference this year. I came up with my top 3, (although I had many more) and I'll rely on you to add to the list.
3. LinkedIn - I had my account open for almost a year before I really started using it at the beginning of this year. Joining blogger, networking and creative groups has been a huge plus, not just because I've had the pleasure of meeting some great people, but also because I've learned so much from just participating in conversations. A hearty thank you goes out to Susan Oakes, Rob Berman, Julie Weishaar and everyone else for their support of this blog and for the retweets along the way.
2. Twitter - Back in 2009 I thought it was the stupidest thing ever created. Just another outlet for mindless reminders of what someone ate for breakfast and what was in store for the weekend. But it's much more than that and the sheer connections and relationships that I've begun because of twitter has been mind-blowing. People like Sarah Wu and Kristy Elena started off as tweeps but feel more like pals now. There's so many to list, but I'm trying to keep this short. You know who you are.
1. People - No matter how I met them this year, I have felt an overwhelming wave of support from people, and that's why I end with this. You can swear by social media, SEO and all the gadgets you can buy, but in the end people make the biggest difference and what I took the most from this year is that if you build relationships in life, in business, you will be successful. A special thanks goes to Dayne Henry Jr, Heather Fonseca, Sheila Atwood, TJ Lubrano, Tricia Lornston, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Michalea Razi and everyone who supported me and this blog.
So as you prepare for 2011, keep sight of what's important and do like the little monsters above are doing and create partnerships and friendships. Give, give, give and it will be returned. Happy New Year from tanoshiboy and Salvatier Studios!
Hope to be working together soon!
Dennis Salvatier aka tanoshiboy
Please add to the list and tell us what you experienced as a major difference this year. Who knows, it may help someone.