So if you’ve talked with me for any bit of time you’ll quickly learn that as much as I love playing on the internet, social media, etc., I think there is tremendous value for online marketers in getting together in-person and having a chat. Meetups, Tweetups, Networking Lunches… whatever. All good stuff.
For the past week or so I was totally psyched to attend the most recent meeting of SEMCLT (Search Engine Marketing Association of Charlotte / Charlotte SEO Meetup Group) – which was held last night. I RSVP-ed maybe two weeks ago… then on Monday I flipped the calendar to June and saw I was already committed!!! My wife and I have friends that came into town last night and are staying for a couple of days. So sadly, I had to change my RSVP to a no. #crushed
So this morning while my wife and our out of town guests are sleeping, I’m on the computer (of course). I hop onto Twitter and see a zillion (like 6 or 7 or something) @jonpayne replies talking about “my cake”. Huh? What cake?
The cake was for me!!! And I was not there. How incredibly thoughtful! And how bad I feel for not being there… Its probably a good thing though, as I may have pounded the whole thing before anyone else got a taste. I can put me away some cake.
The references to “Master” are a funny little play on my perfectly acceptable request that everyone refer to as either “Master Payne” or “Jon Payne, MBA” following my completion of the MBA program at Loyola and recent graduation. Just “Master” or “Supreme Being” will also work. I was just trying to be funny by saying that… but its starting to stick!!!
So anyhow please accept this blog post as my humble “thank you” and expression of appreciation. What an unbelievably kind gesture.
Many thanks to whoever was behind this (I have my suspicions…) and sorry I missed you @NC_SEO, @keithschilling, @LesPorter, @FredSexton, @DavidKyle, @RoyMorejon, @CoreyCreed, @learningSEO, @ericfransen, @MaggieHyde, @brettbum and everyone else who attended. I won’t be a no-show next time!
- The Master