Do you remember the first time you sunk your teeth into a hot, steamy, insanely-delicious Krispy Kreme doughnut?
OH MM GG.
I remember my first time – it was back in late 2001 and I had just landed in the Atlanta area and had been told that there were a number of things that I had to try if I was to become a true native.
One of these things was heading to the Krispy Kreme shop on Ponce De Leon, especially when they were open late (or super-early morning) and grab one of the legendary sugar bombs as they came right off the conveyer.
“Sure…” I thought, “It can’t be that good… but I’ll give it a whirl.”
So I snuck over there in between studying one late night with a bunch of friends and my world changed.
It was as if the “scales” had fallen from my eyes and a new paradigm was instantly created – I had no idea that doughnuts could be this tasty!
I ate 5 of them that night not caring about the aftermath of consuming that many face-melting yum-yums. I would never perform this courageous (and stupid) act again (eating 5 in quick succession that is…) but I would return more than a few times over the next decade.
And finally I was able to take my oldest so that she too could experience the mind-numbing awesomeness that is the Kreme of the Krispy.
And yes, I thought it better to limit it to less than 5 doughnuts for my 5 year old this time…
An unbelievable experience, to say the least. We watched the entire process from batter to lift to fry to creme to boxing – eyes wide open. She could barely wait and apparently I couldn’t pay fast enough!
Memories in the making, literally, and I can’t wait to take my second daughter when she is old enough for this very important right of passage. I am learning, though, as 3 might be still too many for that age…
Making it Count, Making it Stick
The power behind that first impression, that first experience, is so great that it can span generations and inspire people to instinctively pass on the experience to their children and children’s children.
I wonder if this can be aptly applied to our blogs? I wonder if there’s anything that you and I could be doing that might create that powerful “first time” experience that they’ll share with others and even perhaps pass on to their own networks (and beyond)?
I don’t have any explicit advice (although I have tons in the Archives) but I thought it was worth bringing up for you today to think about it for your own properties.
There’s always opportunity for you to improve but it doesn’t have to be in the “big” ways – sometimes it’s the smaller things that count the most.
Have a great Memorial Day!