This year will be greater than any year before, that I’m confident of. Over the past few months, I’ve spent quite a bit of time reflecting on what we’re going to do different… no, more accurately, what we’re going to do better. Typically, when someone says something to the effect of “self-examination is hard,” it’s very negative and brings up connotations of finding faults that you can do nothing to change. For me, however, it’s very invigorating to look at your own faults (a few extra pounds here, some bad habits there) and getting motivated to better yourself. Maybe eat a little bit better, watch less tv – you know, the basics.
But when I take a look at Hustle Paintball, I have to think a little bit differently about how to get the company’s abs tightened up and improve our cardio (so to speak). With some insightful advice from some great friends of mine in the industry, as well as mentors outside of paintball, I’ve been presented with a laundry list of, essentially, all of the ways we can improve. Many other people would look at a list like that and see all of the ways that they’ve failed. I suppose that is technically true, but we see those as opportunities to improve, serve our family (you ladies and gents) better, and help build our community (like what we’ve been doing on pbRIOT – been putting in some long hours on that).
I hope that you’ve noticed our Facebook interaction has stepped up considerably – that is because we’ve been taking the initiative to improve our social interaction. In the past, our very talented social media expert Leslie had been taking care of that for us, but the time has come to make a change. You will start to see consistent blogs coming out, as they have in the past few weeks. The blog topics will not just be about industry issues, “we need to vent” and various paintball products, but I want to invite you to take a look behind the curtain and get to know us a bit better, so to speak. Unlike the past, we will all take turns writing blogs and talking about things you guys actually care about. By the way, do you guys like our new HD camera on our channel? I hope so, because we bought that for you
What else is happening? Well, our showroom in Colorado is disappearing *gasp* and turning more into a chatroom. I don’t want you to walk in here and browse around and look at prices on the wall – that’s what most paintball stores do (and you can do that online). If you come into our store, you’re obviously coming because you want to look at a product, feel it with your hands, and talk with an expert about it – so that’s what we do! If you walk into our shop, you basically get someone to answer all of your questions, show you anything you want, let you try it on, try it out, etc. I hope that everyone who comes in feels like this is a better way to do it (sure, more time consuming for us, but if we wanted to save time, I suppose we’d just lock the doors and tell you guys to stop bugging us, haha – not really what we’re trying to do!)
I’m starting to run a little bit long, so I’ll have to tell you all more about it a bit later, but please tell me this – have you noticed? Do you feel like my wild claims are warranted? Are you seeing us more on Facebook, enjoying more videos being produced, or feeling like you’re getting to know us a bit better on the RIOT? If not, why don’t you holler at me at let me know how we can do better.