Oops! I’m Doing It Again

Believe it or not—and if you’ve read my posts Off-Topic, On the Weekend, Naomi Dunford’s “I Never Called It a Meme,” Meme, Get In On the Action, and You Definitely Don’t Want to Know These 8 Random Things About Me, you may have a hard time believing it—I generally try to resist memes here at Maximum Customer Experience.

I’m not too good at avoiding memes, however, and blogger Peter Kim has pinpointed one reason why: The Ego Trap catches me. As Katherine Hepburn said in The Philadelphia Story, “Oh, we’re going to talk about me, are we? Goody.” Her character didn’t mean it. The gist of The Ego Trap, which I heard about through John Moore, the no-b.s. author of Brand Autopsy, is that I do mean it, even though maybe I don’t mean to mean it. See what I mean?


Awards Rock!

This week the trap snapped shut on me when I was given the Oops! award by the achingly funny Urban Panther to start me on my meme-y way.

Amy Oops! Award


The Panther thinks we’re funny here, which yes, I am trying to be, and she knows Dorothy Lamour. So I can’t resist her invite.

Thinks we’re funny?

Yes. Please read the Panther’s take on MCE’s humor. Proof that you, dear reader, are part of the team here.

Funny Girl

If you’re newish to the blog and you’re wondering what’s so funny about Experience Design, here are a few that come to mind, when I think of Maximum Customer Experience getting goofy:

Free Slippery Advice, Today Only

I Know It Was Earth-Shattering! But I Lost It in Bed!

Observing: Are You a Bulldozer or a Zen Professor?

Guy Kawasaki Wrote Me an Email Today

Giving the Cow Away, but the Milk’s Not Free!

Tip of the Week: Sex and Maximum Customer Experience

Observing Boomer Angst

Rules, rules:

The Oops award was created to be given to bloggers who inspire others with their humor and their talents, also for contributing to the blogging world in whatever medium. When you receive this award it is considered a special honor. Once you have received this award, you are to pass it on to others.

The rules for passing this honor on:

1) Pick 5 blogs that you would like to award this honor to.

2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.

4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Oops” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

My turn to lavish praise: Where Do I Go to ROFLOL?

This was very hard to narrow down to five, because as it turns out, I like a little funny with my small business inspiration and education, so I read blogs by a lot of folks whose sense of humor brings home their message. That’s maximum blog-reader experience, to me. Without further ado:

The newest winners of the Oops! Award, in order of when I first found their scintillating (and sometimes titillating) senses of humor online, because yes, I have a system to keep track of such things, and because no, I couldn’t put them in order of whose blog I love best. I wouldn’t know where to begin!

Tag, my friends, you are oh, so funny, and (read those rules) you are IT! I can hardly wait to see who you’ll tag!

Naomi Dunford’s IttyBiz

Entrepreneurship: What to Do When You’re Scared Sh*tless. What a title! Though I didn’t leave my first comment for a couple of months, I fell for this post and the previous day’s on IttyBiz. A quick read in the comments may amuse you, to see how many other folks found Naomi on the very same day.

Now, Naomi, I know you don’t want to play, but remember you owe me one? And I love ya.

And dear, dear readers: once, I was afraid. I was petrified. (If you hear Gloria Gaynor in the background, you are OLD. Like me.) Of Naomi’s self-described “potty mouth.” I grew strong, and I learned how to get along, because I can not give up reading what she has to say, any day she drags herself to the keyboard to say it. I’m warning you so you’re ready, but don’t you dare stay away.

Nick Cernis’ Putting Things Off

Suave and self-effacing, with a gorgeous blog where he gently recommends, never insists, you follow his lead, Nick Cernis is the blogger who’d enliven my dinner parties with whispered asides if only fate hadn’t placed him on the bonny British isles. Then again, were he not there, he wouldn’t be who he is, so my dinners must suffer but my reading never will.

The post where I fell for Nick’s ever-so-mannered wit: Warning: If You’re Using These Job Titles, Stop Right Now! I’ve never stopped reading, and neither will you.

Sonia Simone’s Remarkable Communication

Slightly snarky business blogger is how I’d describe Sonia. Her dead-on advice, delivered with a wink, always gives a giggle and a head-nodding lesson in effective communications. Will she hate me for mentioning that she’s also written a few novels, which my local library had on the shelves, so I checked her out a couple of months ago and got a few more giggles? Let’s find out.

Her Free 115-Page Tutorial on Marketing to Women was so incisive I was instantly hooked. Have a look.

Taylor Lindstrom’s Rogue Ink

Tei is young (blog-wise) and popular, so naturally in this extended high-school arena we call the blogosphere I am insanely jealous. She’s also sharp as a tack, so I’m hooked. I first fell off my chair with laughter and recognition when I read this superb post: The War on English: So It Begins.

Whether she’s defending the English language or letting the comments turn into the fanfest she calls a pub, she’ll get you with her ability to skewer absolutely anything. She’s also deadly with a fancy sword. Side-splitting, indeed!

Bob Hoffman’s The Ad Contrarian

Bob is living proof of the power of guest blogging and commenting, because I found him through his devastatingly funny guest post on Copyblogger, A Cranky, Skeptical Loudmouth Looks at Social Media Marketing then realized he was everywhere commenting, then took a look at his blog and almost bust a gut going through his archives. Heck, even when he’s bemoaning a lack of backlinks, he’s just painfully funny.

My favorite post from just after I discovered The Ad Contrarian: The Cluefree Manifesto. If it doesn’t help you to take yourself less seriously (and maybe make you choke on your morning espresso) there is no justice at all in the world.


BONUS: Because rules were made to be broken, my sixth fave funny blog, and the only one that may never advance your business in any way but will be glad to tell you about (inner) truths and (outer) body parts we at MCE never discuss.

The Urbane Lion’s Den

I thought his woman would tag him, but the Panther demurred. Well, your intrepid Experience Designer can not leave this fine and funny new voice off her list. When I first began reading The Urban Panther, she was in the midst of a series on Dressing to Land a Man which had me laughing out loud at every turn.

How to really land yourself a good man! was his response, the first post by the Lion that I read, and when I got to his abhorrence of baseball caps on anything but baseball players (I’ve been mocked publicly, but that’s how I feel), I knew he was a kindred spirit. A smart, off-kilter, nothing’s sacred, incorrigible, urbane scamp of a kindred spirit, but a kindred spirit nevertheless.


Have fun clicking around here at MCE, and at a few of the places I go to exercise my right to roar with laughter and scare my neighbors. Happy, happy Friday.

Thanks so much, Panther. I’m really flattered. 🙂


Grow and be amused,

Kelly Erickson