Thursday

Alltop, Missing Q, and Guy Kawasaki

A little over a month ago I was cruising around on the internet.
I had been twittering and saw a post by Guy Kawasaki. I enjoy his books, such as, The Art of Start, and listening to his lectures so I clicked on the link that he posted on twitter and it took me to Alltop. For whatever reason I had never heard of Alltop but soon figured out that it was a site that would lead me to blogs that contained a lot of great information.

I am a quilter, so I decided to look up what people were blogging about on quilting. I did a search and it took me to the Needlecraft category. Now there weren't a lot of blogs about quilting so I just figured I must not have searched properly. I backed up a few steps and came to a page that lets you look at subjects alphabetically. As I looked at the alphabet I couldn't find the Q.

It was rather late so I thought I had just missed it, so I looked again...still no Q. I thought, well how can that be, the rest of the alphabet was there why would the Q be left out. And, why wouldn't quilting have a category unto itself rather than under needlecraft. Especially since there are a lot of quilters and it is big business. Even though it was late I sent an email to their information email address. Stating, in a rather humorous way that the Q was missing and that I would really like the Q to be added and specifically that Quilting needed its own category. I also said that until they decided to give Quilting its own category I was holding the Q hostage. I didn't even expect an answer. Well, I just about fell off my chair when in about 15 minutes I received a reply. Not just any reply, but a reply from Guy Kawasaki.

He appreciated my sense of humor and how I had approached them to add the Q and ultimately Quilting. A couple of emails back and forth and Guy asked me to gather quilting blogs so that it would have its own category and the Q would be inserted back into the alphabet.


Wa La...the Q is now part of the alphabet again and Quilting has a home of its own on the Alltop network. You should visit Alltop. I promise that you will find a lot of really cool blogs on many different subjects --including quilting. If you place the widget on your blog you will get automatic updates on your favorite blog subjects.

15 reviews:

rockcreekcreations said...

How funny!! Isn't that a perfect example how your request could have been worded two extreme opposite ways. Imagine what his response would have been if you had decided to use the opposite of humor.

I'll have to check out alltop and the q category!

Carol Dean said...

What a wonderful tale to tell :D Both you and Mr. Kawasaki are to be commended for your humor and responsiveness! And thanks for info on such a cool site!

Lindsey said...

You saved the Q! Quilters are now rejoicing!

I'm off to check out Alltop, I'm very curious about the 3 that appears in your screenshots.

Sue Choppers-Wife / www.adyinart.com said...

lol, you go, girl! I think I'm going to call you Q from now on...shades of Star Trek lol!!!

jesvin said...

Guy Kawasaki always finds something witty in response to my comments/queries. He makes his job seem easy.

Sandra Evertson said...

Funny! And LOVE the beautiful Queen Annes lace cuff below!
Sandra Evertson

Waterrose said...

Thanks everyone...it was a fun interaction and just goes to show you that if you make an attempt...sometimes it pays off.

Hey Harriet said...

Haha! Love that you sorted out the issue of the missing Q! Phew! How dare they not have a quilting category? Crazy! Happy to know that they have one now, and I'm not even a quilter. I do enjoy checking out quilter blogs though. Some of my fave bloggers are quilters :)

Thanks for the link for Alltop. Sounds well worth checking out!

Azure Islands Designs said...

Great job...I always say you never know until you ask!

I've never visited Alltop before, never heard of it acutally... but thanks to this post I've a new site to explore!!

Cheers

Hippie Dippy Designs said...

What a great story. I have never heard of Alltop before. Off to check it out now!

Carole said...

That is hilarious! But good for you, girl! The letter "Q" thanks you. :-D

Bejeweled said...

You go girl! Self appointed defender of the Q! :)

Wishing you a very Happy Holiday season and a fantastic start to 2009!!

Ivy@PaperElixir said...

Hmm, I've never heard of Alltop before, but looks like it's definitely "user friendly"!

Carol Wiebe said...

Great story! There is a whole queue of q words: quilts (which you defended), quite (you did it quite humorously), quiet (which you refused to be), qualms (which you squelched), quest (which you went on to find the missing Q), quick (you were quick witted with your quips), quiz (you quizzed the site) and quit, which I think it is about time I did, lest I am quoted and accused of being quirky.

Camille said...

How exciting!! Thanks for giving us Quilters our Q back. And REALLY, thanks for thinking of me too!! So sweet of you!

I love visiting your blog- you do such a great job with it, the only problem being that I always want to read one more page...

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