BONUS – Catch Up

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I just want to say thanks to all the people who have been reading my blog.  You guys are awesome and leave cool comments and emails.  Some even look out for me when I mess up like with the last post I gave away the gender of the mystery coworker.  Although if anybody I work with reads this, they’d know exactly who I’m talking about.

Some updates…

#18 Working on Not-So-Forever Alone

The girl DID write back and she was very nice.  She told me she had a boyfriend and that it would probably be weird to meet a guy on the internet even if it was just for coffee.  She mentioned a gaming/anime social networking type site as a way to meet people because they have get togethers every now and then.  Her response was a nice little surprise.

On the flip side…

#19 Finally Reveal My Crush to Somebody

This girl also wrote back:

Hi Greg…long time no talk! Yes, I’m here in **** working my little tail off but I’m excited to be a part of **** so its very much worth it. I’m glad to see that you are also doing well and I wish you nothing but the best! Good to hear from you…

That’s it.  So was this just not reading my email and firing off a canned response?  Was it reading my email, being weirded out and just choosing to ignore everything it said?  Was it something else completely?

But her response was not really the point.  The point was just doing it.  Still, I was a bit perplexed by her reply or lack of one.  Oh well, it didn’t work out for a reason.

Another thing I wanted to say was that I love this site and what I’m doing, it’s been very hard lately.  It’s hard to live outside your comfort level every day, even if it’s on a relatively small scale.  It’s hard to continually think of something new as the pressure of the blog weighs down on me.

It was also a lot harder to deal with the lack of “success” of my second video.  Mostly because it did not drive more traffic to my site.  Now I have to come to terms with a slowly dwindling reader base that spiked wildly with the video of course.

All of these things just make me feel tired.  But whenever I see a cool comment or email, I get revitalized so keep ’em coming!

That’s it from here.

22 Comments to “BONUS – Catch Up”

  1. Sarah 30 March 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Keep up the great work! You’ve got me reading close to every day.

    In reference to #19 Finally Reveal My Crush to Somebody, she definitely read it, but just didn’t know what to say. There’s really nothing for her to say. Don’t feel bad. It would have been awkward if she did acknowledge your crush. Where would it have gone from there? She obviously doesn’t want to damage your friendship, but she also didn’t want to continue the conversation or provoke more talk about your feelings. Hence, no acknowledgment of your professed crush.

    p.s. Love the sequel. Remember that your original goal was not to get a lot of readers (or at least I don’t think it was — although that would be cool). Stick to your original goal of scaring yourself and the rest will follow.

    • Greg 30 March 2011 at 11:22 am #

      Yeah that’s what I figured. I wasn’t really expecting a reply at all so that part was surprising.

  2. angela 30 March 2011 at 11:28 am #

    i dunno, i think that’s a really weird non-response. almost sociopathic. a normal person would at least acknowledge it a little – “thank you for being honest and sharing your feelings” – *something*! or else not respond at all. it was like she didn’t want you to think she was a jerk so she wrote back, but then she was too scared to acknowledge what you said.

    if i poured my heart to someone, and they wrote back a robotic response, i’d be pissed. i’d rather not hear from them at all.

    • Greg 30 March 2011 at 3:19 pm #

      She probably gets three of these letters a week! But yeah, whatever. I am not pissed. I did what I did for me…

  3. Andrew Lamp 30 March 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    Just wanted to say that I found your site via the first video, but I plan on continuing reading because I find this project very interesting. Some of your actions are ones that I have thought about doing or wanted to do. If you keep posting, I’ll keep reading.

    • Greg 30 March 2011 at 9:12 pm #

      Thanks! Please try and do anything you read here. It’s a great if somewhat trying to push your limits. Even if your limits are lame like mine.

  4. John 30 March 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    I think the followup video was a mistake. Your 2nd video should have been something completely different. What, I have no idea…

    • Greg 30 March 2011 at 9:11 pm #

      Good point. I wanted to do my take on a sequel. It’s almost like a genre in itself. You want to riff on the first one but take it in a new direction. I actually have an idea for a web series that will probably go up next week. Let me know what you think!

  5. Andy 30 March 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Like Andrew, found this blog through the first video. To me, the video was just a little short thing, easily forgettable, this blog on the other hand is great. It is nice to see another socially awkward person pushing their own boundaries and sharing in their victories. It feels like I may be able to learn something about my own life by paying attention to this. It is good stuff, keep it up.

    • Greg 30 March 2011 at 9:12 pm #

      These were really great words that help me focus on my blog and not a video that was simply a byproduct.

  6. Aimee 30 March 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    You seem like a really cool guy who will brush her (weird) response off by the end of the week and move on. I can’t imagine how energy-sapping it must be to have to face your fears and conquer them EVERY DAY. I barely do that once a month. You’re a courageous, funny, kind man and I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. 🙂

    • Greg 30 March 2011 at 9:13 pm #

      Try doing it TWICE a month now and tell me how it goes. Rock on!

  7. Cole 30 March 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    I know you get this a lot, but I think this is an amazing thing that you are doing. Even if your scary thing isn’t always something momentous, the fact that you’re going out of your way to do things that you would generally avoid is really commendable. Mad props to you!

    Good job, and good luck!

    • Greg 30 March 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      Thank you kindly sir!

  8. teresa 30 March 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Yes, I don’t know how you do it. But please keep up with el blog!

    You kind of make my day.

    • Greg 30 March 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      I will keep up the blog… even if I lose all my fingers in a horrible flossing accident!

  9. Karen 30 March 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Hi Greg,

    Keep up the great work! Your blog is amazing: a great mix of humor, refreshing honesty, and wit. And by the way, my boyfriend absolutely loved your second video (it’s the inner nerd in him). Please keep posting — you already have a devoted fan base 🙂

    • Greg 31 March 2011 at 10:00 am #

      Go on…

      But seriously thanks. I’m glad your bf liked the video too!

  10. Amanda 31 March 2011 at 12:15 am #

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with for a web series!!!

    I think in a year, you’re going to look back on this blog and be IMMENSELY proud of yourself. You are probably also going to feel like a completely different person. You’re really stretching yourself, good for you.

  11. Ian 31 March 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Just wanted to write that I check your site daily, even though this is my first comment. I really like your project’s concept, it certainly requires forging gumption out of air.

    I went through my own “overcome social awkwardness” crusade a couple of years ago after getting divorced; about 50/50 success rate (so not too shabby)! Reading everything here brings a smile, some of your articles being similar, and some succeeding where I failed. Keep it up and thanks!

  12. Dave 4 April 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi Greg,

    I also found your site via the video and thought it was great – but the site is even better. I just saw the movie Yes Man and it reminded me of what you’re doing. This is inspirational stuff! I would have trouble doing this for even a month, but for a year is impressive indeed. I’m sure you will be a better man because of it. I will watch – and learn. Keep it up!

  13. Taliena 24 April 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    I just have to say a couple things. First, I stumbled onto ur blog from ur Friday Night youtube videos that I just love! Second, you totally shot urself in the foot with ur email to her. You can’t tell a girl shes great for not using her looks to get ahead, it still sounds like u think shes conceited. Bad move! But props for realizing to express urself in the future when you find a new crush. Life passes by those who watch safely on the sidelines! You have too much to offer to allow that to happen! Keep up the good work! 🙂