Have You Hugged Your Blogger Today?

Over the past few years I have had the pleasure to get to know many of the great marketing bloggers I admire so much.  And it is amazing how similar we are. We seem to thrive on the relentless pace and challenge of producing consistently great content. Most bloggers do the work out of love, passion, and a drive to make a difference … not for money. In fact, it is very, very difficult to directly monetize a blog.

I love blogging, but as you can imagine, it’s a ton of work. And we might plow hours of work into a piece we’re proud of only to have it considered “old” a week later!

That’s why it is so exhilarating to get an email like the one I received this week:

“I’m sure it’s difficult to know sometimes if you make a difference in this world. You did. Thank you.”

Now THAT is something to keep a blogger going!

You see, on our blogs, we may receive tons of comments, but rarely do we get any feedback. There’s a difference between “I agree with your point” and “Your work is appreciated” or “You are making a difference.”

When was the last time you gave a “virtual hug” to your blogger and tell him or her about your appreciation for their long hours and sacrifices to make their little piece of the world a better and more interesting place?

Valentine’s Day is this week and I think that’s a great time to take a moment, reach out to these hard-working folks, and show a blogger some love.  Can we make this the first Hug a Blogger Week?

I’m going to take 10 minutes to drop a note to a few of my favorite bloggers today and just say “THANKS!” How about you?

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  • I love this, Mark! Sign me up for the first annual Hug a Blogger week! As you say, it’s the nice little notes that give us all that little boost we all need. A little kindness goes a long way!


  • Hurray. Thanks for joining the movement Amber!    So many great writers out there.  Let’s show some appreciation! 

  • Hi Mark

    I sign up too and will give hugs to some blogging friends and hope to receive some too 😉

    Kind regards from Germany


  • Thanks Mark, *great big hug! Love your blog to bits and keep up the good work!

  • Brilliant, Mark! It’s time we showed those bloggers how much of a difference they have made in our world!

    You rock!

  • Great idea, Mark!  You’re one of the bloggers who really have made a difference in helping many of us understand and advance the changing landscape we work in, and I appreciate it!  A big hug for that, and please keep it going!

  • Rosemary

    I’m in!  Sometimes blogging itself gets a bad rap as “navel-gazing” or as an ego driven activity, but there are a TON of bloggers out there (you included) who make the world a better place every day.  Thank you!

  • Dude, I’m trying to keep up this tough facade, and now here you go making me get all mushy. great idea though. I try to let others know on a regular basis what they mean to me, but now I’m gonna go get all huggy and verklempt.

  • Rob Kravitz

    Conside this a BIG HUG from Minnesota.  I’ll give you a real one when I see you in May!  I get a lot of value out of many of your blogs Mark.  You do make a difference.

  • I’ll be watching my email like a hawk. 😉

    It’s easy to forget those that have shaped the way that we approach our work and our world – so, thank you. 


  • See you soon! 

  • No, no, don;t go there.  We have to maintain the tough guy image Ken. : ) 

  • Thanks for the kind words Rosemary!

  • Thanks Pete!

  • Nice of you to say. Thank you.

  • Thanks Sookie.

  • Long-distance hug to you!

  • You never know : )  Keep blogging!

  • Where’s the “love” button?! Nice idea, Mark. Hope lots of folks take the time to do this. And, in case you were wondering, you DO make a difference. Thanks for always taking the time to share your insights. 🙂

  • How awesome would it be if we all measured blogging success by this kind of feedback vs. traffic, SEO, etc.? Content & strategy would look very different! 

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  •  Mark,

    I say it often because it is true, without your help (and push when I needed it) my blog would not be around today.

    I have received those kinds of comments and messages from readers. They have no idea how much they help me. I am here because of them.

    I respect you a great deal, and when I think about highlights of the past year, meeting you is one of the biggest highlights!

    Happy Valentine’s Day Mark!

  • Hey Mark,

    I saw this post going all around on FB and I knew I HAD to stop by! I somehow haven’t been to your blog as yet.. why now? 😉

    Ok, off to send the hug a blogger to all my fav bloggers! Because I am new here; you get the first to you! A hello hug! 

  • hi Mark, just found and fell in love with your blog a few days ago. Thx for the brilliant insights! Consider yourself hugged by a Canadian. Later…

  • Mark, you are absolutely making a difference in my life!

    Here is my virtual hug ( ) to show you my appreciation, and gratitude
    for all I am learning, and have been learning from you.  

    Thank you  ~Rae?

  • Consider yourself Cyber Hugged by a Canuck:)…with meatloaf (not the hug, the Canuck, haha!) Cheers! Kaarina

  • Mark you don’t know this about me but  I hate Valentine’s Day. My affection for the date was lost one fateful February day in fifth grade many, many years ago. 

    So I won’t be sending you a Valentine but I do love your blog. I hope you understand that I’m still dealing with some heartache here. One day, after a few pints of guiness, I’ll tell you the sad tale of the boy that couldn’t decide which girl to gift so he gave them both a box of chocolates….

  • How about I hug you in person at the end of April?

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful post, Mark. Yes – we WILL make this Hug a Blogger Week… I’m starting now – consider yourself hugged.  {{hug}} 

  • You have an awesome body of work here Mark. You always make a difference when you post!

    I have much respect for you sir – thanks for all you do!

    I don’t usually hug guys, but there’s a first time for everything – sending big virtual hugs and a kiss on the cheek 😛

  • Sending (((hugs))) your way! Fantastic image and message! 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    Big, sincere hug coming your way from a dentist who has had an identity crisis secondary to a love for blogging and so now blogs as four different personas 😉  You have always been a “go-to” blog for me.  Your grounded and compassionate approach to your community has always been a draw for me….your eloquence with the written word is a happy bonus! I’m so glad to “know” you here and you are really on of those online people (dare I say friends) whom I can say with all sincerity, I hope that I get to meet in real life one day!
    Happy Hug a Blogger Week @businessesgrow:disqus 

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  • Amen.  I have pretty much stopped looking at the numbers. I’m in it for the love. Im a blogging hippie. : ) 


  • Thank you Hajra, and welcome!

  • So THAT is where we came up with that life is a box of chocolates thing!

  • Oh of course. No question ; ) 

  • You crossed the line Harai. I have an image to maintain you know!  Do hope to visit you soon in Costa Rica. On my short list!

  • Let’s make that happen, OK?  You might want to join us at Social Slam April 27 (www,soslam.com). Many from the blog community will be there, including several fellow medical professionals that I know of! Great content + networking and a great value.


    I hugged a blogger, oh so tight

    That from them sprang a post, just right

    So in the tribe they sought to {grow}

    Epiphanies were said to glow.

    The moral of this tale of mine…

    Don’t save your hugs for Valentines.

  • Oh. My. Gosh.  You have sprung a new talent on me Bill.  See you next week! 

  • Mark, rather than fill the comment stream with {{hugs}}, I think we need to take this as a reminder to let these people know how it impacts us and how much we appreciate it throughout the year, not just around Valentine’s (when it risks jealous spouses, and you rank, but not on that scale!). 

    I will take this opportunity to say: my blog has opened new doors for me and given me the opportunity to step away from day-to-day work and consider the practices and the future for our business, something we all do, but rarely take the time to flesh out into a blog post.

    So, I will take this opportunity to say thanks to you, as one of the two bloggers that inspired me to get started. You have made a difference. Without your blog, I’m not certain I would have starting yet another marketing blog. Thanks to you (and Michael Brenner!) I did.

    You have made a difference. Because of you, I have (in my blog) the space to reflect in public and receive feedback (occasionally even from you!!). I have a hub that allows me to form new relationships over time. And for that, I want to sincerely say “Thank You Mark!”

  • Brilliant! Instead of hugging you, I’m going to write a blog post about {grow}. Oh wait, I did that already… But I think you know how much you’ve meant to me over the last 6 weeks that we can skip the manhug. And blogger’s should remember to hug there readers too, because the more involved I’m getting I realize reading a dozen blogs a day aint easy either!

    Oh, btw, did you see Margie’s post today? It’s great – The Blogger Hugs Back lol

  • @BrennerMichael rocks. Proud to be in that conmpany!  Thanks for the amazing comment Eric.

  • Thanks for the tip. I’ll check it out!

  • Laurathomas61

    A big hug and THANK YOU!

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