I’m a hyper laid-back kind of person. I think seriously, but don’t act seriously if that makes any sense. I have never been the type to change the way I talk around certain people (well maybe I cuss less), but I try to remain true to myself whlie also getting the job done. As 9rules grows and more responsibility and expectations are placed upon the company I find that more and more people are hanging onto my every word and action looking for a mistake or a slipup. While I don’t mind this because it usually means we are getting attention a lot of people are starving for, I fear that it might change the way I approach things.
For example, when I first started blogging I was fairly carefree about what I wrote about and who I went after simply because there were no expectations placed upon me. However, as the readership of this site increased I found that I was placing greater expectations on myself with regards to what I wrote about and who I chose to critique and compliment. People are concerned that ads change the way people write when I think the biggest influence on a blogger is traffic and audience.
I think though that I am making stuff up in my head because every client I encounter or every member I talk to all seem to be fairly laidback as well and it’s easy to hold a conversation with them. Now the VCs were a different type of story only because they can be very stoic and just take things too seriously.
I guess I am wondering do you ever feel there is a situation that you need to change the person you are to make someone else happy (client, partner, advertiser, VC)? Or do you view life simply as if they can’t handle me, they aren’t the type of person I wish to deal with?
Originally posted on January 24, 2006 @ 9:36 pm