Saturday, June 23, 2007

Tribute To Rich

Once in a great while a show comes along that fans fight for. That show is Jericho.
Once in a great while a blogger comes along who joins that fight and becomes an unsung hero.

I haven't been blogging long but I've been reading blogs for quite some time now. I have a lot of favorites and some of the various postings have blown me away. I must say, though, that nobody has ever totally amazed me the way Rich of Copywrite Ink does.

Let me tell you about Rich. According to his profile Rich is an accredited business communicator. (That means I can't afford his services.) He is the President of Copywrite, Ink which is a writing services and communications firm.(That means I can't even afford for him to write me a letter.) I admit I don't know what his fees are but I do know the suggestions he has given Jericho fans would have cost us more than all the Nuts Jeff Braverman will sell in his lifetime.

Why am I writing about Rich? Because Rich has been down in the trenches with us. He's as much a Jericho Ranger as anyone. Do yourself a favor and go to Rich's blog and read every article he's written on Jericho.


Be sure to read " Creating Fandom: The Jericho Universe." It's very relevant today as it was then.

I'm not saying other bloggers weren't good to us-they were. Many had wonderful suggestions. When I say Rich was in the trenches I mean he has posted on the main board as well as at JerichoRallyPoint. He has asked for information and has come to understand this campaign. He has replied to our comments and has cared about everything we did and will do. He wants us to succeed. And, we will.

I forgot to say we will succeed IF we all want it bad enough. Rich's article of today is a must read. Hopefully, it will be accepted in the same spirit in which it was written. I will only say that someone commented, " Dissent is good." Yes, it is and it can change things. Feel free to dissent and suggest a better way to handle a promotion or idea but we cannot allow Jericho's future to lie in the hands of those who say Free Speech when what they really mean is your name got in the paper & mine didn't. As Rich said today, " The egos have landed". It's up to all of us to make sure Ego doesn't fly again. I want Season 3,4,5,6,7,and more.

Thank you, Rich, for all you've done and will continue to do. Don't try to be modest now. I'd have to dissent.


Rich said...

Wow, this is one of those occasions when I am almost left speechless. I am very touched JS.

Though I might beg a couple points. :) I have only Op-eded from the trenches, which means the heroes are people like you who fought everyday.

More importantly, hee hee, never assume just because I'm accredited, someone cannot afford me or my team. The accreditation is just an added value. I like to live simply; by which I mean I could make so much more working as vice president of some corporation, but would rather be around to see my daughter take her first steps just like I did my son. Priorities. :)

Thank you again JS. I usually advise people not to shrug off compliments, but must confess this is one of those areas where it is difficult for me to practice what I preach. I'm a bit more humble than most; sometimes at my own detriment. So I will suffice to say today, that your words are appreciated.

With gratitude,


Jericho Saved said...

Here's my advice- raise your prices! You are a valuable commodity so you definitely need to charge more.
Anyway, my opinion of you went up again. It is admirable that you put your children first. Of course, when they're older, you might look for work at CBS.
Thank you for commenting and for making a difference with our campaign. I look forward to many more articles on any subject.
You are welcome and I stand by my words. You have been and continue to be the wind beneath our wings.
Long live Jericho!
Long write Rich!

Rich said...

Funny. You are more Sweet than Sweat! :)

When we complete the metamorphous into a completely virtual company without concern for what the market will bare, maybe we'll bump them up. But until then, we're happy to play the hired gun (like Yul Brynner, ha!), round out agencies through outsourcing, help other professionals build fast companies, and occasionally work with the finer Fortune 500 folks. But only those we like. ;)

Long live the monster! :)


Jericho Saved said...

You are too kind. Thank you.
I'm happy to report that the board is a sweeter place tonight. "Virtual cocktail" party. Let's hope it continues.
Maybe you'd consider doing an article on crises management? Or how to defuse negativity?