If I find something that I enjoy, I pass that information on to friends, family, co-workers, and really just about anyone that will listen. Any and everything is included in my recommendations... restaurants, books, deodorant, shoes, insurance, TV shows, CDs, quilt shops, blogs, school supplies... you name it, if I like it, I'll tell you about it.
I've been having issues with this lately though. I've given several recommendations lately that friends and family have taken me up on.
First, some friends of ours are in the market for a new car. When we bought our used car last year, we had a wonderful experience. I passed that information on last year and reiterated it recently when our friends mentioned they were looking. They took our recommendation and went to look at a car at that dealer. They had a horrible experience! The list of issues they had with the car they saw and the dealership was a mile long. I felt a little like an idiot. We had such a good experience and then here they are calling managers to complain!
Second, for Father's Day my in-laws were looking for a new place to take my father-in-law out to celebrate. Aaron and I suggested a new-ish restaurant that we've eaten at a handful of times. We've always enjoyed our food, had good service, loved the atmosphere, and felt like we got what we payed for. They decided that's where we should eat. I was excited to share this experience with them since I enjoy this location. When we got there everything started off great! Then it started going down hill. The big problem was when my MIL's food did not come out with the rest of the order AND she had to ask about it twice! Again, I felt horrible that I had suggested the place and then they were not having a good time.
I obviously can't take credit for all the problems that my friends and family encountered at these places, but I can't help but feel semi-responsible. Since both of these things happened very recently, I've been kinda shy about recommending things to folks lately. Does anyone else ever have issues like this?