Yesterday, while I was doing some work, a notification popped up letting me know that there is a new article in one of the feeds I’m reading. Because I was in the middle of getting a code to work, I didn’t pay attention to it right away.
A couple of minutes later I was done with this part of the script, so I went over to my Akregator to see the feed. I saw a new article name Five Free Tickets to Future of Online Advertising – First Five Win! from Darren Rowse’s Problogger blog. I was mad at myself for not checking it right away when it popped up.
In this article Darren said he had 5 tickets to give away for the Future of Online Advertising Conference in New York. In order to win you had to write an email to the organizers saying that you are a Problogger reader and you would like to attend. But only the first 5 would win the ticket.
I checked the FOOA website and noticed that the ticket was worth US$995. More reason for me to hit myself on the head for not checking earlier, because in my opinion, Darren’s reader base is so huge, that the first 5 would have been mailed already. This was about 10 minutes after the article was posted.
I still went ahead and wrote an email. Why? Because I figured that Darren might have some benefits to all the mails going to the organizers saying that they’re Problogger readers. Plus, maybe my assumptions about not being one of the firsts to read the article were wrong, so why not give it a try?!
And that paid off. I received an email from Ryan Carson telling me that I’m in. I stared at that sentence for a couple of seconds, while slowly the smile on my face was getting bigger. I could not believe it! After a couple of seconds I continued reading the mail. It supplied me with a code I should use when registering and the conference would be completely free for me. So I clicked on the link to the conference site to get registered.
It felt like the world froze. An unfamiliar feeling of excitement grew upon me while I was filling in the registration form. This was an experience of a lifetime, just seeing that I was registered for a conference. I can’t even imagine what I will feel when I really get to the conference!
Don’t discourage yourself from doing things you would like to do, even if they seem impossible at the moment. Unless it’s a fact that you’re too late, give it a try, because you don’t know what good it can bring you in the (near) future.
Darren can’t come close to imagining what good he has done by writing this article. He might’ve had different reasons for writing the article but it affected me differently. To me, going through this process is already life changing. It is a confirmation that I’m on the right track of getting ahead.