March to Our Success

March top commentatorsHave you ever been part of a marching band?  In 6th grade our family moved to a new town and I went from a large school to a very small school that was kindergarten through 8th grade in one building.  My new class was 24 kids, mostly whom had been together since preschool.

To say I felt like an outsider was an understatement, so I figured the best way to fit in would be to get involved in whatever activities I could. The only extra curricular activities offered were girls basketball, cheerleading, and band.

Well I tried the basketball thing…not my game.  I made one basket the whole season in the opponent’s hoop.   The sad part (you can laugh) is that I didn’t realize I’d scored a point for our opponent as I did cartwheels on the court. I was so excited.  Mr. Gurnett, my coach (and social studies teacher) probably wanted to crawl under the bleachers!

I didn’t think the cheerleading thing was for me so I decided to try out for band.  Having played piano for many years I figured it would be easy.  I was given a rental clarinet and a few lessons from my band teacher on how to play it, and I have to say I picked it up rather easily.

What I didn’t pick up easily was the marching.  lol My poor band teacher spent what felt like hours trying to help me learn to march while playing.  The hardest, was trying to stay in the straight line going around curves.

We’ll the good part of a marching band is that you don’t have to perform alone.  Your notes that come out a little squeaky or flat aren’t really noticed over the sound of all the other instruments.  Your marching that isn’t exactly in step with everyone else goes pretty much unnoticed as well.

Thankfully my teacher was smart enough to put me in the middle of a row so I didn’t have to be the fast one on the outside turning the corners, or the one practically marching in place on the inside of the corner.  I just had to keep the pace with the people on either side of me, and I did okay.

I ended up becoming best friends with a few other girls in the band. And we ended up growing up together, through high school, boyfriends, and many other exciting milestones.

Getting involved was definitely the key.

That’s how I feel about these 5 top blog commentators on Clever Marketer. I’m not performing alone and I’ve got friends to share milestones with. Plus, I have all of you on either side of me, helping me to keep up the pace.

I’m so grateful to you and happy to have you on this journey with me.  Thank you for marching with me toward our success.  I know we’ll get there together and I’m so proud to be associated with you!

March: Top Commentators

If you’re not already connected to these top clever marketers, you’ll want to march right over to their blogs and friend them in social media!

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And now for the biggest accomplishment for March:

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Thank you everyone who has joined, participated, and helped to keep it running smoothly.

I’m beyond excited to meet so many new and awesome bloggers and I can’t wait to get to know you all! 🙂

You are all so generous with your knowledge, willing to help each other, and you inspire me beyond words with your incredible content.

Networking with you all is such a gift and I hope that if you’ve joined but haven’t jumped in yet, that you realize how welcoming this group will be!



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  1. Heather,

    Thank you for sharing your memories with us. Scoring for the opposing team just showed how caring and selfless you were, right?

    This made me think:

    “I just had to keep the pace with the people on either side of me, and I did okay.”

    This group of talented people in the community you’ve built is inspiring. We are all keeping pace with other driven people. Caring people. Business owners and idea creators and sharers that intend to make a difference.

    What a great caliber of people to join in marching toward our collective success!

    It doesn’t feel like we’re doing it alone anymore and we thank you. But I’d also like to extend a “thank you” to everyone else I’ve met through Clever Marketer.

    Keep up the great work and let’s do it all again, even better, in April 🙂


  2. Thanks for the marching band reference! Brought back a lot of memories. I like your comparison. Having a team and support is always appreciated.

    – Keith

  3. Can you pleas move sharebar to right side? I said same thing to your fellow blogger, because its making hard for reader to read.

    btw need to talk something about basket ball, you’re saying its not your game? I’m a guy and even I don’t play it, not my type game as well. 🙂

  4. Hey Heather,

    Thanks for sharing your memories with us. I loved the analogy.

    Things have really been happening here and I congratulate on your well-deserved success.

    Thank you sooo much for the kind mention and for all you do 🙂

    Much continued success to you,

  5. Hi Heather,

    Although I grew up in a small town and was one of those “girls” that already had their close group of friends, I still felt like an outcast at times. So I also joined the band (I played the flute) in junior high hoping it would help me break out of my awkward shell. It definitely helped so I can relate to what you are saying.

    Our blogging communities and social support has really helped me in so many ways. I’m thrilled that I met Jon and he introduced me to you and the Clever Marketer community. It’s only been a few weeks but I’m really enjoying getting to know the awesome people who are some of your top commenters. You’ve really got a fabulous group here. Looking forward to meeting even more in the weeks and month to come.

    Thanks Heather and hope you are having a wonderful day!


  6. Hi Heather, Thanks so much for featuring me amongst our other marching members!

    I don’t know how I missed this post, however I guess this last few weeks I have been marching to my own drum! (ha ha)

    I would like to thank you for including me in your band of wonderful members. To me you are like the pied piper… no longer scoring for the opposition, but helping us all shoot through all the right hoops! I know I scored big time when I met you!


  7. Hey,Heather!
    Your ability to keep someone interested in the article is amazing! I am sure we can all learn a lot from you. It is no wonder your posts are so visited, after all. Here, you give your story of the marching band, ending in message of how we can`t exist without each other, and that in order to succeed, we have to get involved. That is how it goes-our life gives us important lessons, that if we can interprete in the right way, we learn a lot from them and create our experience.
    Really nice share,and a generous thing from you to recommend your commentators.

  8. I believe the really big successes are always the result of a team effort. You can’t achieve anything significant alone. But when you manage to inspire others and work together towards a common goal, magic can happen 🙂 Tomek