I had called a former colleague, asking for a contact for work. I hung up and never heard back. Even after a reminder. You’d think that after hand-holding her for 6 months, she’d be thankful. Or at least gracious enough to share a contact. Not like I asked her for a kidney. Helping each other out, in such simple ways is one of the building blocks of the blogging community. Or any community, for that matter. And it’s very important to inculcate those values and appreciate them.
If I were to close my eyes and go through the last 10 years of my professional life, I can easily recall helping people out. I sigh in relief, thinking there’s some good karma that I put out there, regardless for asking for anything in return. I didn’t want an intern to go through what I’d been through when I was 19. I didn’t want a trainee producer to be taken in by the pressure of a newsroom. I didn’t want someone to work alone on an edit. Yet I find it seems I’m old school.
I have met tens of people, at events, or otherwise—given them advice on an e-commerce business, their new blog, their jobs, their bosses, but when it’s their turn, they refuse to respond to emails, texts but find time to update their Facebook.
Just when I’m about to give up and tell myself that there is no sense of community or a true sense of entrepreneurship, there is always someone who rises to the occasion. It may not be a friend, but a stranger from the other side of the world, a colleague you’ve never spoken to, or sometimes even a podcast—but it does.
So one of the best and most important parts of being a blogger, a writer, an entrepreneur, or just a human being is to help others. Think about how there was someone who has helped you out, given you an opportunity or been there for you. Think about the kind of person you’d want to be known as and things will fall into place.
Here are 4 things you can do every day to help each other in a small yet significant way.
- If someone takes an initiative, to reach out to you, do what you can. Most bloggers who have great traffic, or companies, who have great sales, say the same thing. We started small, and things kept going. You cannot exist by yourself, as an independent entity when the very meaning of community meaning collaboration. A community starts with you.
- Share, share, share. Repost. And tag the people whose posts you read or share. If there’s a new plugin you enjoyed, a brand whose product you loved or a furniture designer who inspired you: share it. I’ve been using Hootsuite for 6 years and Buffer for six months. And I feel that it’s done amazing things for my social media content. Make sure you tag the person in your posts along with a thoughtful, precise comment.
- Don’t let one bad experience ruin your life. If all of those people who behaved like retards with me, came back and asked for help, would I help them? Truthfully, yes. If it’s something as simple as giving a contact, editing a post or introducing them to a lead, why not? Why should I let someone else’s toxicity (is that a word?) affect me?
- Finally, believe in karma. If you have something, knowledge, skill, or a service, that can make someone’s life easier, then why not?
Do you agree with me? Tell me about your experiences in the comments’ section.
Don’t forget to tag those people who have helped you out in one way or the other.