Hey guys, I just wanted to apologize for the long wait times when responding to all of your Private Messages. Currently I am backed up all the way to about 18 days. I am trying my hardest to reply to everyone, but its getting absolutely crazy. As soon as I reply to a message, another 2 appear.
Just to let you all know, I do have...
- my own businesses to run (even though they are maintly automatied)
- my own accounts to manage (even though they are mainly automated)
- new projects in the making
- my own life to live with family, friends, and my loving fiance which all comes first.
As the forum continues to grow, its becomes harder and harder to keep up with everyone, and this is why you are reading this message.
I can only offer so much time here on the forum. I initially came to MPSocial to learn myself, but that seemed to quickly change to helping others. Now dont get me wrong! I absolutely love helping everyone here, and seeing the large impact I have on all your success. It's one of my core value to help others as much as possible and to treat others that way I like to be treated. That is where I find my true happiness in life. As a successful business owner myself, I know how hard the beginning stages can be, I know the daily dialog that is going through most of your heads. The feeling of doubt, the constant feeling of failure, and or questioning yourself on whether or not you are going the right direction, To top it all off the lack of support lots of us get from our family & friends who just tell you to get a job working 9-5. We are all here to strive for independence, to be our own bosses, to do what we love doing, and to eventually have financial freedom. I want to help all of you not make the mistakes I have made, and provide you with the tools and knowledge to climb the metaphorical mountain as efficiently as possible so You too can acheive your goals; whatever they may be. Now does that mean I know everything? ...ABSOLUTELY NOT! I too am learning every day, I have made extremely stupid mistakes in my past which are still impacting my life presently, and likely to continue to impact my life for many years to come. But with that being said, I will never stop trying to always improve who I am as a person in every aspect of my life.
With all this being said, there is only so much of me to go around. I have come to accept I cant help everyone, and it sucks because I really want too. I want all of you to know, there many other amazing people on this forum who are extremely helpful. From the amazing MassPlanner staff who work around the clock, to those that write amazing guides Those who offer amazing services in the marketplace, and even those who simply share pre-written topics with others who dont know how to use the search function. You are all doing an amazing job, and I can never thank you enough.
I am not planning on going anywhere for a long time, and I will always try to help as many of you as I can...BUT I NEED ALL OF YOUR HELP. I would like to ask everyone to pay it forward. Whether you are young or old, smart or not; we can ALL help in our own way, shape or form. It only takes one person to make a difference and I hope I am able to be somewhat of an example of that.
As I continue to remain active on the forum, there will be a few changes in how i go about helping others.
I will be spending less time replying to topics, and more time creating topics.
Since I only have so much time in the day to help, I have been thinking of the most efficient ways to help as many of you as I can. By creating more topics, I am providing everyone with my knowledge in an easy to understand way on that subject matter.
In addition to that, I understand that not everyone is able to write topics that are helpful, however I do know that anyone can share topics and posts with just a few clicks of a mouse. If you are someone, who wants to return the favor and pay it forward, then this is the easiest and best way you can help the community and show appreciation for the time and effort the rest of us contribute to the forum. I will be forever thankful, and I am sure the rest of the community will feel the same way.
I will always prioritize public replies over private messages.
The goal of a forum is to learn new things, and exchange our knowledge. Although private messaging does serve a great purpose it does have a large downfall. One of the biggest downfalls is the fact that information shared through PM only helps one person. As stated earlier, I wish to help as many people as possible, and Private Messaging prevents this, therefor limiting how many I can help. Because of this I will only reply when the message deserves to be private, and I have responded to all public replies first.
In addition to the above, I have some rules in regards to sending me private messages which are stated HERE. I will be updating this topic in the next few days to reflect the changes I am making as of today.
I will be changing the way I accept orders for my services
Since my private message inbox continues to blow up like a balloon, It is getting harder and harder to keep track of new orders, current orders, and completed orders that require after-sales support. I will be dedicating some time this week to create a website that has a ticket based order system. This will allow me to respond to all of your orders more efficiently, and lower the chances of mistakes.
The migration is going to be difficult since I have loads of pending orders in my PM's now, and I want to ensure they are all responded to in the order they have been received. I am thinking of a way to successfully acheive this, and I would appreciate others to suggest some ways of doing this. Currently I think the best way of doing this is to stop accepting PM's until I can reply to all the current ones. Once they are all replied to, I will start to accept PMs again.
I believe I have stated all the changes that will be made, and I will notify you all here if I have anything to add.
Call To Action
For those of you who want to help the community including myself, but dont know how; I have written a list. Although you may not be able to do all of them, I know for a fact each and every one of you can do at least one.
Use the DAMN search feature!
95% of your questions have already been asked & answered. If the answer does not help you, then reply to that answer, with your related question. Someone will help you.
If you see that someone has a question, and you know the answer, then help them.
We are a community after all. Its completely selfish to learn all this valuable information that real people have written on the forum and not have the common decency to pay it forward. We only have so many breaths to breath before we die. These people who have shared information have sacrificed some of their breaths, just to help you and others.
Share other helpful posts with others.
If you are someone that cant write helpful replies yourself, then simply quote/share/re-post the topics or replies of others who do. We need all the help we can get, and this requires such little time, and has such enormous benefits to everyone.
Wait your turn, and dont be selfish or greedy!
The world does not revolve around you & people are not obligated to help you. There are others in need of help too. If you ask a question, you need to wait patiently for a reply. DO NOT ask the same question over and over again on different topics or PM someone just to increase your chances of getting a faster reply.
IF I SEE ANYONE DOING THIS I WILL CALL YOU OUT PUBLICLY, ENCOURAGE OTHERS NOT TO HELP YOU, AND WILL MAKE SURE NEVER TO HELP YOU IN THE FUTURE. You are clearly someone with no respect for others, and therefor deserve no respect in return.
It only takes one person to make make a difference. That person is YOU!