Have you heard of people stopping to pay at a toll booth on a highway and being told that the person in the car in front of them has already paid their toll? Or, had the experience of the server at your local coffee shop telling you with a smile that someone had come in early in the morning and paid for coffee for the next few customers? It’s a phenomenon that happens around the Holiday season in December, when feelings of goodwill, peace, and philanthropy permeate the air! People, in fact, have been thinking about why this cannot be a year-round phenomenon!
Why do people do this, you may ask? Is it their belief about getting rewarded for their generosity by the Higher Powers above, or is their motivation based solely on the glorious pleasure one gets in performing a selfless act. Just because you can. Just because you want to.
Ever since I started blogging, this is a characteristic I have witnessed and have experienced! Look at your own blogging past; haven’t you had bigger bloggers reaching out and lending you a helping hand? Haven’t you had the pleasure of encouraging comments filtering through to your otherwise lonely blog? Haven’t you asked a question at a blogging forum and received hoards of helpful answers? When I experienced this kindness from more bloggers than I can count on this page, I would always think about how I could pay them back!
But, the truth of the matter is that I couldn’t and I still can’t! These were big name bloggers who did not need my help. So, the only thing I can think of is to pay it forward. If I can help even one new blogger, just like those veterans helped me, wouldn’t that be wonderful?
Yes, I know; everyone has that niggling worry – if I help, won’t my blog take a hit? If I give out my blogging secrets, won’t my readership get diverted to the other site? It’s a valid concern to have, but you know what? No one can recreate your content. No one can quite write the same as you. And, at the end of the day, Content is King, and that’s why your readers will keep reading you. In the meantime, think of how good it feels when you have the solution to someone else’s blogging problem in your hands and you reach out and help him or her!
As our horizons expand by joining social media sites, we can reach out to more and more people; people who may or may not read our content; nevertheless there will be people with whom we share similar interests, similar goals or similar thoughts. It is always nice to know how best to interact with people whom you have never seen and may never see in real life. Please do let me know in the comments what you would like discussed in a future post!
I leave you with a poster I saw on Pinterest. It succinctly puts forward my online philosophy and I hope that you too will embrace it!