Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The care and feeding of my gigantic ego

I opened my mailbox last night and found the January/February issue of "Editors Note," the newsletter of the American Society of Business Publication Editors. And much to my delight, the cover story was about me.
I suspect that many of us got into journalism in order to see our own names in print. But for someone with a gigantic ego like mine, few things compare to the the thrill of seeing an article about yourself (and accompanying photo). So I want to thank ASBPE and the article's author, my friend Jeff Gelski of Sosland's Food Business News, for the attention. I also want to thank ASBPE National President Steve Roll of BNA Tax & Accounting. Steve's column on page two of the ASBPE newsletter also talks about me.
The newsletter is available to members in a .pdf file. Visit ASBPE to take a look.

The only thing that feeds my immense ego more than reading an article about me is to stand on a stage and talk. And the ASBPE article announces that I'll be the keynote speaker at the Society's annual convention, which will be held in Kansas City in July. But that's a very long time for someone like me to have to wait to hear applause. Fortunately, I'm also the keynote speaker next month at the Southeast Journalism Conference. Until then, I'm just going to read the ASBPE newsletter over and over and over again and imagine the sound of applause.

Like many people with oversized egos, I have tremendous appreciation for folks who don't walk around with a swollen head. That's one of the reasons I want to recommend a recent post at the Junta42 blog in which Joe Pulizzi admits to a mistake in trying to optimize his site for search. It's an instructive read for anyone who works on the Web. Take a look.
And I hope that in the unlikely event I ever make a mistake, I'll be as self-effacing as Joe is.

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4 comments:

Joe Pulizzi said...

Thanks Paul...that's what makes today's technology great. You can make lots of mistakes, learn, and fix them up nice and neat (until the next day).

Best
Joe

Martha Spizziri said...

Paul,

Coincidentally, I just read this post as I was checking the link to your blog prior to posting Jeff Gelski's profile of you on the ASBPE site. Here's the link to an HTML version of the story, which is available to everybody.

I also just posted the Steve Roll's President's Letter, "RSS: Ready for Some Stories," in a publicly available portion of the site.

And while I'm at it, here's a link to more info about the National Editorial Conference, which is happening July 24-25, 2008 (in Kansas City, as you mention).

Martha Spizziri
Web Editor
American Society of Business Publication Editors

Paul Conley said...

Thanks Martha!
See you in KC.

Groucho said...

Applause! Applause!

Robin Sherman
Associate Director, Newsletter Editor
American Society of Business Publication Editors