Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality. [Alfred Painter]
We're coming up on another anniversary of this journal.
It was March of 2003 that I first did a little blog here. I think there were something like 30 readers for the longest time and Rob got to the point where he asked me why I was spending so much time writing and rewriting this thing every night. But the whole purpose behind it became abundantly clear when, just a few months later, I was let go from CHFI and, because of erindavis.com, confused listeners knew where to find me. It was a huge step forward in public relations.
Time was, when you were let go, no one could tell listeners where or why you'd gone. When I gave people a place to find me, I was able to write them – write you – back. And when I landed on my feet, whether at W Network, on stage with Ross Petty Productions, EZ Rock with Mike Cooper or eventually back home at CHFI, it was a perfect way to let everyone know what was going on. What a gift!
Because I'm always looking for a challenge (or one more job to add to Rob's “to do” list), just after Christmas this past year I started this as an audio journal. Maybe you're listening to it right now on the GO Train or bus or in the car. Anyway, since I've built a microphone into a little studio both at home and up north, I can record just about anywhere. And I've always wanted to do an audio journal. I guess, in some silly way, it's like having a little radio show. I know, it makes no sense. But sometime down the road there will be a day when I don't have a show to go to and maybe, just maybe, these journals will still be here.
Besides, the microphones and mini-studios we have set up mean that I'm ready to do auditions either for an online voice agency, or for my real human voice agent, Roger King at PN Agency.com. I signed with him two weeks ago – and that's a first in this long career of mine – and did my first audition for him on Monday. We'll see how that goes. Again, just paving the way for things to keep me busy when my alarm no longer goes off at 3 am.
Call it the “if you build it, they will come” theory, but now that I'm doing these audio journals, I've actually got a sponsor on board! I'd never sought one for my journal (this was a labour of love, not a marketing venture) but it just kind of happened. You may have noticed – it's called CARU. And maybe you've even clicked through the video at the bottom of my journal to see me eat this stew.
It's every bit as good as I say it is – and you have my word on that. What's really neat is that Adrian and Pamela at CARU were just telling us this past week that retailers who were ordering one case of the food are now ordering five of each flavour, citing interest from people who've clicked through from here. Maybe they've seen that video I did, or know that I wouldn't endorse anything I didn't truly believe in. For me, the truth is in the results and the difference it's made in our dogs' lives.
Wait - this journal isn't about sponsors, but I am hugely grateful to both CARU and SierraSil for putting their money where my mouth is. Most of all, though, I'm thankful that you come here and let me share a bit of my day with you. A few stories, some laughs, the odd tear and sometimes just things to ponder. You've put up with my stuffy nose and croaky voice last week (on the audio version) and thanks for that. I hope it wasn't too annoying. Trust me, it was no fun on this end of the microphone, either.
So thank you. Here's to 12 years, going on 13. Through the highs and lows, weddings, funerals and everything in between, it's been a pleasure.