Marching to the Beat

The 7 "kids" and Mom at her 90th birthday reunion
The 7 “kids” and Mom at her 90th birthday reunion

I openly confess I suffer from middle child syndrome.

  • I take great pride in being the middle child of seven
  • My family ranking also influences my personality

I wrote about the topic at Tor Constantino’s blog, the Daily Retort (enjoy Tor’s writing).

One of the ways my pecking order affects me is an overpowering need NOT to follow the crowd.

The Rebel

Typically, I am not an early adopter. I will never camp out overnight to get the latest iPhone (or other new gadget). In fact, I will probably refuse to purchase the item for a very long time simply because everyone else is buying it.

A rebel without a cause?

Understanding that about myself, I found recent events interesting. They caused more Miller Musings.

Conventional Wisdom

I love the start of a new year. Everything feels fresh and possible.

As I developed my business goals, I decided I wanted to add new clients. Duh, right?

The current craze in the business world is content marketing. In essence, content marketing helps build your company’s visibility through the delivery of free, relevant information that others find useful. Free white papers, ebooks, infographics or whatever other form of communication you want to use.

I’ve always appreciated sharing information. I think it’s the frustrated teacher in me. My business site has lots of Free Stuff. But, here is where conventional wisdom and I part ways.

Conventional wisdom says deliver that free, relevant information regularly. However, require readers to provide their email address to receive it.

It makes good business sense so you capture leads for your products or services.

Cathy says I hate sharing my email address to download free stuff. Yet how else am I to capture viable leads of potential clients who download my Free Stuff?

I felt conflicted. I asked peers for their thoughts. I bounced various ideas around.

Then the email came.

Speak to Me

Ironically, the email came from a business owner who required my email address before I could download some of her free stuff.

Typically, when I reluctantly turn over my email address, I quickly unsubscribe from the email bombardment that follows.

For some reason, this business owner made it through my Unsubscribe parties.

Her email had the following subject line for her latest blog post.

Stop Copying Everyone Else’s Business Model

Her post talks about how you need to zig when everyone else in your industry zags. 

Stop following the crowd.

Yes. Music to my middle child of seven ears.

I decided I am not going to start requiring email addresses to download my Free Stuff. Sure, you can sign up at my business site for updates on new blog posts. And I’ll let you know in those updates when there is a new Free Stuff download.

But, if you never want to sign up, that’s okay. Drop by anytime.

I hope enough people will share my brilliance and those potential clients will know a good thing when they see it.

Crazy, maybe. At least I am not following the crowd.

The middle child inside is smiling.





  1. says

    Hell, I’d follow you into flames, woman.

    I think your middle child is on to something. :) I’ve never been one to enjoy gathering emails from people. I have a link on my blog for those willing to get my occasional newsletter. I feel angst when people unsubscribe — did I pester them? Am I not giving them what they want?

    And then I remember, as you did, that sometimes one more email to open is just too much. It may not be the content at all, but rather the volume.
    Lori recently posted..The Push Your Writing Career Forward TestMy Profile

    • Cathy Miller says

      One of the pitfalls of so few sign-ups is the angst over those who Unsubscribe. LOL! 😀 I know because I do the same thing. One of my 3-Day teammates marked my newsletter as spam. I never let her hear the end of that. 😉

      I feel good about my decision. I just figure I will need to market in some other way. I figure if I build it, they will come – hopefully. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Lori.

  2. says

    We really never required folks to download articles from our website. And, always worry who is doing so- since we don’t think we ever hear from them again.
    But, for those who subscribe to my blog, I do offer freebies on occasion- and only to them (and to our paying clients). But, I also have mixed emotions about that- first, in that those who get my blog by RSS don’t seem to count in the “ranking wars”…so, maybe they are not really the blessing one thinks…
    As you can see, no answers here. But, in spite of being an early adopter (or, as I have been told, the blazing speedster who cares not how far behind an early adopter may be), my [and my company’s] business model is our own. Not because we are sure it’s correct- but because we know it matches our mission and vision… and that sets our Key Process Indicators.
    Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A. recently posted..Of the people, by the people, and for the people?My Profile

    • Cathy Miller says

      And isn’t that what it’s all about, Roy? Marching to your own beat. I find it difficult to believe that you can go wrong by remaining true to yourself.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Roy.

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