Welcome to Week #3 of our 52 Weeks of Blog Community project. And, this week, it's all about GENEROSITY and TRUST.
Generosity, because this week, I'd like to encourage you to Support a Blogger in the best possible way.
You see, just yesterday, I was talking to a friend about blogging and the online community in general. She said she loves what the web offers, but she asked me why people actually post all these free resources and information on blogs and websites. She kept asking, "What do people get out of it?"
That's when we started talking about the Giving Web. How wonderfully generous people are to offer open source software, to write free instructions, to collate useful information, to give free advice and tips... all on the web. Yes, some people ask for donations. Some hope that you'll click on an ad or two, or buy from their affiliate links. Some simply ask to be bookmarked, visited again, or commented on.
Whatever it may be that they're hoping for, they mostly rely on folks to support their efforts in some way. And, even if they don't get the support from everyone, they're encouraged enough to keep on going based on a few people. They trust that out of hundreds or thousands of folks... someone will leave a comment, give a donation, or offer support in some other way.
So, this week, I urge you to Support some of your favourite bloggers. If you can give more of your time and other resources to more than one or two, then that's great. If not, then don't worry about it. There'll be other days...
You can support a blogger by:
1) Clicking on an ad that interests you (turn off 'ad blindness' for a short time?)
2) Buying from their affiliate link (Amazon, clickbank, etc)
3) Leaving a comment (especially if you've never left one before)
4) Sending a small donation (you never know what a $1 can do!)
5) Supporting their charity or one of their projects, etc.
I'm sure you can think of other ways!
Now, on TRUST... Well, I won't ask you to tell me who you supported and in what way. If you wish to join this week's task, simply leave a comment and let me know that you're off to do it in the spirit of this community project. If you'd rather not leave a comment, that's okay too.
But, if you do leave a comment, at least one or two (or all) of these can happen: a) I will add you to next week's round-up; b) I will send some support to YOU in some way; c) other people who're part of this project might choose to support you too; and d) you get another chance at winning this month's prize: a Flickr Pro account OR a Picnik Pro account.
Now, for last week's participants...
So, there you go. Thanks so much to all Week #2 participants.
Looking forward to all the amazing things you'll do this Week #3. This task (and the comments for this post) ends on Monday, 4th of Feb 2008.
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.