So, it has totally been too long since my last post.
I am tempted to tell you every detail you have missed, but I wont!
However I want to fill you in on one story that still amazes me to this day.
January 26th was a great day for me in Social Media. It all started about 2 weeks prior when I made plans to attend Jason Sadler‘s speaking engagement in Canton, OH. I set up a place to stay and scheduled the time off from my job. Everything was all set and I was excited.
I have been following Jason and I Wear Your Shirt since October of 2010. The community I have become a part of is in some ways like family. I was totally psyched to finally get to meet the man in person.
On Jan 26th I packed my stuff into my car and headed to work. Canton is only about 2 hours from my workplace so coming home after work would have been silly.
While at work all I could think about was meeting Jason as well as Kristy who was responsible for bringing Jason to speak for her organization. The group had set up a hashtag to follow on Twitter for the event and while checking my phone to see if there were any new updates I had the silly idea to tweet something like “Who wants to sponsor my gas to Canton, OH?” I sent the tweet and went on back to work.
Within minutes I received a single response from a local print shop. Commonwealth Press responded that they were interested and wanted to meet with me before I left. I was in awe! I mean, I had no real ‘need’ for a gas sponsor, I was just wasting some time. They understood that and still wanted to do it.
I walked up to their location at lunch (some 2 whole blocks away…) and met with Dan who handed me a paper bag with 4 T-shirts and 10 stickers in it as well enough cash to fill my tank! We talked for a few minutes about what he wanted me to do with the shirts and stickers, we shook hands and I headed back to work.
The rules were pretty simple. Give away 3 of the shirts and put the stickers in as many sick places as I could along the way. Oh, and tweet back to them with some pics of where the shirts and stickers went.
So what started out as a random tweet to waste some time ended up producing a super cool deal with a great business.
If you are ever in the SouthSide area of Pittsburgh, PA, be sure to stop in and see Dan at Commonwealth Printing. He is a heck of a nice guy
I took the shirts and stickers with me to Canton. I placed some stickers along the way and handed out the shirts. One to Jason, one to Kristy, and one to the guy who let me hang at his place. And although I was unable to get as many pics as I wanted, I did manage to get these ones:
Thanks again Commonwealth Press for adding to the fun. You helped prove that you never know what will happen if you don’t take a chance.
- The Bald Fat Guy
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