13 September 2018
One week ago, I posted an article titled, “I Am Soliciting Your Advice.” In it I talked about that we can all be more aware of how often we give unsolicited advice and ways–when invited–to give advice that people might actually hear. I ended the post with an open invitation for anyone to give me any type of advice.
I was blown away by the results. There are over 50 comments from various people on the post, and the advice was excellent. Some of it was instantly actionable, like the addition of “Blog” to the header at the top of this website.
Other advice is more long-term, philosophical advice that I’ve already read over and thought about multiple times. I’m sure I will return to it during contemplative moments in the future. Thank you so much!
Given the generosity of advice, expertise, and time I received through that post–and given that people solicit me privately for advice all the time, which I’m not available for–I thought I’d try something today. This post is directly inspired by Dorothy’s comment on last week’s article:
I’d welcome a blog post, where readers could ask you for advice on something not already answered in your posts…. It would be limited to requests for advice consisting of specific short answers, which would exclude the equivalent of consultations…something like, “If you had a consultation with me, what would you ask?”
I really like this idea, and I’d like to try it. Not just today, but on an ongoing basis–if you discover this post in 2028 and want to ask me for specific advice in the comments, I’ll get an alert on my moonbase hovercraft, and I’ll respond via my wireless telepathic implant.
A few disclaimers/guidelines:
- Everything I say anywhere–especially on this blog–is my opinion. It’s one perspective. I have experience, but I’m not an expert. Please do not put you or your company at the whim of my advice alone.
- I’ll respond to specific questions that don’t require research beyond simply reading your question. I wish I had time to look at your project page preview or your game prototype, but I don’t–I’m sorry about that.
- Please only ask for advice if there is at least a chance that you can/will act on the feedback. I totally respect your choice to reject my ideas, but, for example, don’t ask me a question if you’ve already made up your mind on the answer. More about this here.
- The comments are where your requests should be posted, not in a private message. Other people can benefit from your question if it’s asked publicly.
That’s it! The comments are open for your questions.
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