Why I Do What I Do

A long time ago, when I first started working at the X PRIZE Foundation, I wrote an introduction to tell everyone a little about myself, and why I was so excited about my job. A lot has changed since then: Pownce is gone (RIP), about a kajillion people are now following @glxp on Twitter (that's me), we've launched a Facebook application, and we've had numerous incredible #FFD Friday Fundays. But one thing has most certainly not changed: the quality of our community.

I know what you're thinking: of course he loves his community, he's the community manager! Well, that isn't really the whole story. Allow me to share a couple of wonderful things with you, and then tell me if you don't think we have a fantastic group of space nerds rooting for us.

Last week I offered to send Anousheh Ansari's mission patch from her trip to the ISS to anyone who sent me a self-addressed stamped envelope. Well on Monday the envelopes started pouring in. They come from all over the United States (I'm still sad we don't have the resources to send these overseas), mostly in nondescript envelopes. But a few of them bear extra greetings:


To a community manager, there is little more gratifying than knowing that you've done something to brighten somebody's day. Or, in the case of this next one, you've inspired a younger generation to reach for the stars:


I don't mean to get all sentimental, but it has become remarkably clear to me that something important is happening here. Sometimes it's hard to see the forest for the trees, since on the surface it looks like I'm just Twittering all day and giving away cool stuff on our blog. But what it all adds up to is an incredible bunch of people that we like to call fans, you, the space geeks of the world. And you make it all worthwhile.

P.S. I love the notes you're sending in with the Ansari patch requests. Keep 'em coming.

William said...

I'll just chime in here with a big ditto. For any of us working at a non-profit, little notes like that make a huge difference. They are our rocket fuel. Thanks to all of you who say nice things or who make donations or who just spread the word.

pragzz said...

well, Mike is an amazing community manager. I read this blog because he makes it so interesting!

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