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25 Bloggers I Thanked (The Thank You Experiment)

Originally called “The Thank You Project 2011” by Jacob. I appreciate his support for encouraging me to do my own thank you experiment.

The original rules:
-Thank someone everyday.
-Don’t take longer than 10 minutes each day to write the message to them.
-Keep it under 5 sentences and don’t ask for anything or any favor in return.

I’ll write about the 30 people (25 of them bloggers) and why I thanked them in order to prove that they make a collective difference to me and everyone else they touch.

1. Jacob (@Jacobsokol) for the whole project idea. It was funny to send him the first one for irony.

2. Niall (@Ndoherty13) because he helped me with the Random Acts of Courage and was one of the first people to talk to me on Twitter when I was getting started. Much of his work helped me open up and be more transparent on my own blog. Also, pissing off zombies is a fun thing to do.

3. Jana (@Jinuit) because we had that amazing 10-minute conversation on letting go.

4. Rhina (@Rhinaju) because she’s been one of my biggest supporters. We’ve e-mailed one another for a couple of months now back and forth trading ideas. It’s proof that e-mail isn’t so bad after all, if you put it to good use. Check out her awesome blog, Giltclover. It has genius written all over it.

5. Patricia (@Monthadventure) because she helped me get the courage to publish that Painful Secret post. I wrote a rough draft for her and she helped me get a grasp of what I needed to talk about in the final. Check out her site, Monthly Adventure, because she has a monthly experiment every month to live extraordinarily.

6. Benjamin (@Benjaminspall) because he helped me get more ideas. One of his posts, (“Our Only Real Currency”) really hit me because of how important the time vs. money issue really is.

7. Tessa (@TeeZeng) because we had a skype chat where I ended up getting closer to my vision. The talk helped me see the core reason why I wanted to break down as many social barriers as possible. If there’s a core passion behind what you’re doing, then you’re definitely more encouraged to do it. She could also help you with your vision.

8. Sebastian (@SebastMarsh) because he got me started with my own self-hosted blog. He told me all of the great benefits that a self-hosted blog would have. He also writes in a way that creates a winning attitude, which is why I back-link to quite a bit of his work.
-I also had to thank him again because he made one of my posts go viral.

9. Michelle (@Pushing_Beauty) because she took the offer for me to interview her in an e-mail. Her portfolio is quite awesome so you should check her out. The full interview will be posted in the near future. Check out her work here.

10. Mark (@Markosul) because of the Nausea post he wrote. It gave me a realistic idea of writing for the sake of writing and doing what I do because I feel like it. Whether success comes or not doesn’t really matter.

11. Mars Dorian (@Marsdorian) for his branding site. It is legendary. His tips on branding are extremely useful.

12. Jason Comely (@JasonComely) because he’s the creator of Rejection Therapy. I had to thank him because he enabled me to see the world with more opportunity. Without that game, I’m not here writing today.

13. Benny (@BennyHsu) because he’s one of the best new bloggers out there. He shares his own personal stories at Get Busy Living in a way that makes you capture what he felt. It really resonates. Then he delivers on self-improvement tips to help you with your mindset as well.

14. Fabian (@FabianKruse) because he helped me with his “Yes-policy” (saying Yes to anything within his power) by suggesting experiments to me. Look here if you want to live an interesting life!

15. Anthony (@ManVsClock) for good twitter chats. Sometimes it’s something as simple as that. Also, his website is a ticking countdown towards his adventures.

16. Stella (@StellaSzeto) because her post on letting go inspired me to write about the idea of shallowness. You can’t settle for the good enough person or good enough anything, so you need to let go of the “good enough”. You have to demand the best fit for you, which is different from perfection.

17. Jk (@Jkthehuster) because he wrote a post around the same time as Stella that talked about how looks matter. It was more about giving your best foot forward and having a great appearance to present to others but I could relate that back to that shallow post.

18. Cordelia [Kelly] (@Cordeliacallsit) because she’s supported me from day one. I also wanted to thank her for the genius idea of quits that she created.

19. Vlad (@Vladdolezal) because of his polyamory post. It opened me up to the idea and learn his reasons for living that lifestyle. (I’m open to anything at the moment. I don’t want to set things into stone obviously.)

20. Stephen (@Deepexistence) for his post about getting rejected by this girl that his parents met at Olive Garden. It’s an interesting post that I could resonate with and I wonder why she rejected him. It doesn’t add up really. However, that’s rejection. If you’re willing to not see it as personal, it’ll bring you a long way.

21. Takuin (@Takuin) for writing an amazing e-book. He also did his own 28-day fasting with loose reflections.

22. Ollie (@Olliesaunders) because he made logical points to someone who doubted my blog’s intent when I went viral. He made a sound rebuttal to his remarks.

23. Greg (@100cups) for the awesome idea of getting coffee/tea with 100 strangers. I will definitely be doing this as well, although the set number isn’t in place.

24. Jason (@JasonShen) for helping me out a ton with his insights on Rejection Therapy. I link to his stuff a lot because it resonates greatly.

25. Stacey (@mylifestylemax) because of her recent post about how being alone doesn’t directly mean being lonely.

26. My mother because she’s helped me and supported me all my life. Without her, I’m not here typing this right now.

27. My cousin because we talk a lot about anything, especially hockey. (Yes, there are hockey fans here!)

28-29. A couple of my real life friends that have always been there for me. However, they’re away from the area currently because they went to universities outside of the area. (California is vast.)

30. You. I want to thank you, the reader, for giving me the time of day by reading my posts. To celebrate you, share anything you’re thankful for or thankful to in the comments below!

On a random note: This was my 100th post!

[Disclosure: Nothing given to me. I linked to everyone’s page because I like them and their work.]
[Note: Let me know if there are any errors, dead-links, etc.]
If you like my work, I hope you subscribe to my blog and check those other people out!

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  1. Hey Matt,

    Thanks man. I thank you too. When you write, you write from the heart. It’s a quality that I hope more bloggers pickup from your leadership.


  2. Thank YOU for the thanks. You know I really believe in what you’re trying to do and I think it’s a fresh, daring quest that more people should know about. Can’t wait to see how it grows!

  3. Thanks Matt – it was truly a GREAT thing to share!! πŸ˜€ By the way…I LOVE the look of your website!! I’ve been so busy with LIFE that I haven’t visited anyone lately! Hope you are doing well.

    • Hey Patricia,
      No problem! Thanks!
      That’s a good reason to not be visiting anything πŸ˜‰
      Hope to see you update about all your adventures.

  4. Thank you for the mention, Matt. I appreciate it greatly. I’m also happy you’ve found some value in what I have written.

    Be good!


  5. Happy 100th! It’s a landmark, and thanks for celebrating with me! You’ve been so supportive especially since I’m the new girl. I didn’t have to eat alone at the lunch table. haha!

    You are awesome!

    • Hey Rhina,
      Thanks! I’m glad that I could share other people on my 100th post. Whenever I celebrate something subtle, I want to share that celebrating. You’ve been extremely supportive back. Thank you. Never need to be alone with your amazing projects!

      You are awesome too!

  6. Hey Matt!

    Thank you for being kind enough to include me in this post. I really appreciate it. It’s really cool of you to provide a list of cool people for others to check out (number six especially).

    Cheers man, have a good day πŸ™‚

    • Hey Ben,
      No problem. That post really hit me.
      That’s what I wanted to do. Connect those who personally impacted me so that you (and everyone else) can impact each other too.

      Have a good one too. I hear that number six is pretty cool πŸ˜‰

  7. Hey Matt!

    Thanks for the mention bud! Excited to hear about your next cup of tea or coffee! Connecting with others is the key mate – and I’m glad the magic of Twitter made our connection possible. A trip to San Francisco may not be too far off – a cuppa will be in order I think!



  8. Hey Matt,

    First time I’ve stopped by, but love your comments. It shows a lot about a person to have the kind of gratitude you demonstrated here.

    I’m sure you will find much of that reciprocated shortly.

    Thank you for the great post.

    • Hey Bryce,
      Thanks for the comment and compliment. I appreciate that a ton.

      I’m a believer in karma somewhat because of what has happened to me but thanks for letting me know about that reciprocation.

  9. Thanks for the shout-out, Matt! Youβ€˜re doing the real thing in both life and on your blog, and I’m eager to be following along the things that come up here on 30vanquish! πŸ™‚

  10. DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!!! I’m loving this yo. It’s amazing to see how positivity spreads and i can do nothing but thank YOU and give you an absurd amount of props for embodying the virtue and not just yappping away at the flappper about it! Knuckle Bump!!

    • Yo Jacob,
      Really awesome to see how positivity can spread like that, especially when you actually take action rather than just talking about it. Knuckle bump right back at ya!

    • Yo Jacob,
      Really awesome to see how positivity can spread like that, especially when you actually take action rather than just talking about it. Knuckle bump right back at ya!

    • Yo Jacob,
      Really awesome to see how positivity can spread like that, especially when you actually take action rather than just talking about it. Knuckle bump right back at ya!

  11. Hey Matt, thanks so much for the shout out! I didn’t even realize I was mentioned here. I’m glad I know you and that we’ve talked- your genuine voice is a bright spot in the blogosphere.