Two Gems

Two little gems rolled across my desktop today:

First, a blog about gift giving. Perhaps a little late for Mother’s Day, but Father’s Day is coming. Check out "The Art of Gift Giving" by Carolyn Goodwin. This is a great guide to getting more analog in a world that’s too digital. I loved this little reminder:

Step 1: Give gifts because you want to, not because you are obligated to do so.

Second, my buddy Eric at Apple/Ice Oasis showed me a blog called Creating Passionate Users. In an entry called "Popularity Breeds Contempt," I learned this great comeback to critics:

Ask the critics, "How long did you try it before you came to these conclusions? Because the feedback is really important to us."

Check out the recent posts on both blogs because there is a lot of good content in their archives.

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About the Author:

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.


  1. Mike Sigers May 11, 2006 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    The way you’ve been blogging over the last 3-4 weeks is much more valuable than prior to that.
    When you wrote, ” I don’t get this “exchanging links” thing….”, you were more me-centric and now you freely link out, sometimes it seems, just for the joy of linking.
    Thanks for the new and improved Guy.
    What a difference a few weeks make.
    Thank you for your kind words!
    No can say that I’m not a fast study. 🙂 I still don’t consider myself a “free linker.” I will only do it with blogs that truly add value to my readers. I won’t like just for the quid pro quo of it all.
    You are right that I do enjoy linking–particularly to relatively unknown sites that are “gems.”
    I will, and have, very seldom linked to A listers. 🙂 Then again, check back in a few weeks…

  2. Geordie Carswell May 11, 2006 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Some would say that if people have already written your product off, you’ll never get them back. So you can try to convince them to change their mind or drop it and find some other customers who are likely predisposed to like your product.
    /Unless of course you do truly suck, in which case it’s all moot….

  3. Berislav Lopac May 11, 2006 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    If you only recently discovered “Creating Passionate Users” make sure to check previous postings, you’ll find quite a lot of common between your ideas and those of Kathy Sierra. She recently posted a tribute to yours “Top Lies” series in “Top Management Lies” at

  4. Stephen Hamilton May 12, 2006 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Hi Guy,
    To be honest, I would thought you were already reading Kathy Sierra’s posts. There is a lot of correlation, with little duplicity between what you both write.
    Thanks for the useful information here.
    – Stephen

  5. Andrew Fife May 12, 2006 at 1:40 am - Reply

    here is an interesting story that could be a part of your “driving your competition crazy” posts:
    of course I don’t know if defunct competition can truely be driven crazy, but the phone number rerouting was pretty sharp.

  6. Rimantas May 12, 2006 at 3:42 am - Reply

    One more victim of assumptions – I too have thought you have been readin CPU… 😉

  7. Nick's Delphi Blog May 12, 2006 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Creating Passionate Users

  8. bloglogs May 15, 2006 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Regarding gift-giving: Our family has found it to be very beneficial to place a reasonable limit upon the amount that each person spends on each other.

  9. May 18, 2006 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    How to Give a Gift

    Gifts can be a very powerful thing. They are a great way to show your staff and volunteers that you care about them. They add important significance to the relationship you have with your workers. The other day, Guy Kawasaki highlighted an excellent …

  10. 6th Sense Analytics May 24, 2006 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Kathy, Guy and the software/service dynamic

    Hepburn and Tracy, cookies and cream, and, now, there’s a new paring to add to the gallery of powerful double acts: Sierra and Kawasaki. Guy Kawasaki has discovered Kathy Sierra’s blog and vowed to keep tabs on what she says.
    Personally, we think…

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