It’s All About You

Men with Pens ChristmasYou’re freelancers, entrepreneurs, and nine-to-fivers. You’re single or you’re married or you have so many children that you don’t know what to do, just like the little old lady who lived in a shoe. You work in fields so varied that we couldn’t possibly list them all.

The one thing you have in common is that you come around here all the time, for which we are profoundly grateful. You’ve become our little community, and we’re always glad to see your shining emoticons in the comments. Even you – yes, you – the reader who never comments or says anything, but who still shows up all the time – you’re a part of this community, too.

We’re very glad you’re here supporting us. It’s an amazing thing to have so many people find our thoughts valuable and worth listening to. You’ve placed a profound trust in us to give you sound advice, and we try to live up to that trust every day. We hope it shows.

You come here looking for a reason to keep on going. You come for some advice on how to do what you do just a little bit better. You come for insight and inspiration and a good debate, or maybe just to hear Taylor tease James for the fiftieth time about his inflated ego.

No matter who you are, what you do, or why you’re here, we want to tell you this holiday season that we’re glad that you are here, and we hope you’ll continue to come around for years to come.

And once all the presents have been opened and the seasonal beverages have been drunk and the relatives have gone home again, and you’re ready to get back to the business of rocking out whatever it is you do, we’ll be here ready to rock it with you.

From all of us at Men with Pens, have a wonderful holiday season, full of joy and merriment and laughter and love and wonder.

See you back here on January 4, everyone.

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.

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  1. And a wonderful Christmas to all at Men With Pens! Looking forward to seeing you again next year! (((((hugs))))) to everyone!
    .-= Melinda | WAHM Biz Builder´s last blog ..Christmas Break =-.

  2. And thank you! For all the words of wisdom and support. May you also have a wonderful, relaxing, joyful holiday. 🙂
    .-= Heather Villa´s last blog ..What’s Your Social Media Plan? =-.

  3. You guys rock. I hope everyone – even the commenters and sneaky non-commenters – has an awesome Christmas and New Year.

    Cheers! 🙂
    .-= Henri @ Wake Up Cloud´s last blog ..What Babies Can Teach You About Success =-.

  4. And a very happy and healthy holiday and New Years to you and Taylor and your clan and your coffee and your mooses (you know you want to get mooses of your very own, you just know it!!).

    May 2010 knock your socks off even more than did 2009! If any site is worthy of tremendous success, it’s yours, James. And that’s from the heart.
    .-= Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach´s last blog ..You NEED this to start 2010 off RIGHT – Save BIG on ….. =-.

  5. Merry merry and Happy happy to the whole MWP team and your families.

    Don’t drink too much eggnog on your well-deserved break!


    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Inspiration Points: Holiday Post by Kelly* =-.

  6. Thanks so much for this thoughtful post. Wishing you guys a joyous, safe and memorable holiday. See you right back here next years.

    Here’s to 2010! May it be 100x better than 2009 🙂
    .-= Roschelle´s last blog ..Today Facebook…..Tomorrow, The Fruit of Your Womb =-.

  7. OOPS! I meant “next year”….but years is good too 😉
    .-= Roschelle´s last blog ..Today Facebook…..Tomorrow, The Fruit of Your Womb =-.

  8. I’m so glad I’ve found this wonderful community of writers. Thank you for the wonderful guidance in the last few months and I wish you and your team a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. I look forward to more great discussions in the upcoming year and I will be back on January the 4th!

  9. James… remember to go easy on wine & cheese. But if you end up gaining a few extra lbs, don’t hesitate to give me call. I’ll only chuckle briefly, that’s my promise to you.

    Merry Christmas to you all.

    P.S- Too bad Santa can’t deliver the Stanley Cup to the Habs huh? 😉
    .-= FitJerk’s Fitness Blog´s last blog ..15 Healthy Gift Ideas For The Procrastinating Shopper =-.

  10. Same to you MWP!
    You’re one of my 3 favorite blogging sites!
    .-= poch´s last blog ..National Geographic’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2009 =-.

  11. Mary E. Ulrich says:

    Rock the holidays. My 2010 New Year’s resolutions include more writing. I’m counting on the Men with Pens’ team to give me great advice, practical tips, and the occasional kick I’ll need. Thanks for making this a great year.

  12. @ FitJerk – I think Kelly can attest that some bulk wouldn’t hurt me at all. 😉 How about I eat your cheese and drink all your wine?

  13. Happy Holidays from a long-time reader and first-time commenter (finally emerging, albeit briefly, from the community shadows).

    Thanks for all of your excellent advice on writing and blogging.

    I am looking forward to what you will teach me in 2010.

    (Yes, only teach me – after all, the post title is “It’s All About You” – 🙂 ).
    .-= Jim Harris´s last blog ..Recently Read: December 21, 2009 =-.

  14. @Jim – I can so picture you now… just one step out of the darkness to say a word and then slipping away again while we all stand wondering of the profound statement, thinking, “Who was that masked man?”


    Good to have you as a reader, even if it’s only one comment a year.

  15. I’m a new arrival at MWP, and I’m really liking what I see. Looking forward to more good stuff in 2010. In the meantime, I’ll go graze in the archives.

    Enjoy your well-deserved break, MWP, and Happy Happy to everyone.

    Uh, shouldn’t Santa give the Leafs the Cup? Just because?
    .-= Stacey Cornelius´s last blog ..Why you need down time to be creative =-.

  16. Happy holidays to all the pen people and the MwP community!

    – Deb Ng

  17. @ James, don’t be greedy – you have to share the wine and cheese.
    .-= Melinda | WAHM Biz Builder´s last blog ..Christmas Break =-.

  18. Hi Guys, I’m one of those who comes around all the time, sits in the corner nodding and smiling and saying nothing. I’m just peeping my head over the parapet to say Hi, thanks for all you do. I look forward to all your posts. You’re a great team and real inspiration. Merry Christmas to all.
    .-= Deb´s last blog ..The Importance of Pens =-.

  19. You are my go-to gurus. Thanks for the helpful and encouraging posts. I come by regularly for a jump start to my daily blog, and I’m hoarding ideas for a big writing project I’m starting in January. You’re doing a good work!

  20. FitJerk—Trust me. Send wine and cheese to P.O. Box MWP, Québec… in any season. Along with some baguettes.

    And chocolate, but that’s just for me when I visit. 😉
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Inspiration Points: Holiday Post by Kelly* =-.

  21. Thank you for a year of interesting, instructive and at times fascinating posts. Wishing you and yours all the best of the season.
    .-= Elly´s last blog ..Memoir Creator =-.

  22. Have a great Xmas guys and keep on rocking out the awesome blogs!



  23. So today’s the day!… and I’m sitting here waiting for my damn ride who is LATE (women….)

    @James – I don’t eat much cheese but if you drink ALL my wine, I don’t think you’ll be writing any posts till next year buddy. You’d be all wined out. Listen to Melinda, she seems like a sensible woman. You gotta share that sh*t!

    @Kelly Send my wine away? Nuh uh. How about you come to Toronto, then you are welcome to have some. As for chocolates, I only eat dark. I hope you can handle a lil bit of bitterness mangled in between some sweetness.

    Cheers to all.
    .-= FitJerk’s Fitness Blog´s last blog ..FJPodcast Fitness & Other Questions =-.

  24. I wish James, Taylor, the team at MwP and all the readers here a merry merry christmas and hapyy happy new year !
    I thank you for the wonderful posts which I enjoy reading everytime.
    .-= Solomon´s last blog ..HEADLINE or HEARTLINE? =-.

  25. Sending you and everyone happy holidays greetings and best wishes for a phenomenal 2010!
    .-= elizabeth obih-frank´s last blog ..Be Patient: You’re Closer Than You Think… =-.

  26. Happiest of holidays MWP Community! Thanks for some terrific posts and advice!
    .-= Michelle Kafka´s last blog ..Weeding Out Said =-.

  27. I hope that we all enjoy our Christmas holiday with our family. It’s a wonderful time to relax before facing another challenging year, 2010.

    Stay happy, be healthy, Enjoy!

    Happy holidays everyone!
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..School Grants For Minorities =-.

  28. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful ideas with all of us.I think this is quite useful for all experienced,newbies,office going people.Good tips on writing.

  29. I wish you guys all the best in 2010!
    .-= Mark Dykeman´s last blog ..Lessons learned from breaking into your own car =-.

  30. I truly enjoy this blog and look forward to hearing more from you in 2010. Happy Holidays!
    .-= LaTosha Johnson ´s last blog ..Why should your business remain home-based? =-.

  31. Thanks to all MWP, i have learned so much from your articles… More power to you guys and a Happy new year!
    .-= sernan´s last blog ..What type of worst "Boss" are you? =-.

  32. Mark Reif says:

    I’m one of those that comes to your site and doesn’t say much. However, that does not indicate that I don’t appreciate your blog. I do, very much. I am continually amazed at your insight and intelligence about life in general and certainly about business. It’s just nice to be able to read your thoughts on your blog, not necessarily respond (I’m not bothered by silence in a conversation) and just get a “booster shot” from you. Thanks for all the thoughts you have expressed this year. I look forward to another year of pithy throughts from you. Hapy New Year!

  33. Tell me more about my eyes * blush*!

    I think you do a great job of focusing on value, and I’m a big believer that “value is in the eye of the beholder.”

    When I land on your posts or hunt them down, I never find myself asking, so WIIFM, since you always answer WIIFY.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Best of Sources of Insight 2009 =-.


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