Hidden Nuggets Series #38 – “…he who gives, with liberality…” – Romans 12:8
Jeremy Biberdorf of ModestMoney.com is killing it. I know Jeremy only by his reputation in the personal finance blogosphere, a few casual emails and comments and the fact that he shares my content via Twitter. I’m thankful for his site though because he’s really helping personal finance bloggers out.
In case you are unaware, Jeremy has put together a Top Finance Blog List on his site. If you run a personal finance blog, you can submit it there and get listed/ranked versus other blogs based on your site’s traffic, social media reach and SEO quality. As of today there are 183 listed.
Well the obvious answer is that it helps drive traffic to and enhance his site. OK…I can buy that.
I’ve got a sense though there is a deeper issue here. There is something very generous about what he’s doing, allowing us to create a link on his well-established site. It feels “beyond-the-call-of duty-ish” – something he didn’t have to do, but maybe wanted to in order to help others out.
Whatever his reasoning, I still draw a big lesson from it. In the bigger picture for me, it reinforces the need to give and do so liberally. In my mind and my heart I know this concept. I simply tend to forget it.
It’s incredibly easy to get focused on my own blogging tasks – writing, studying, building my site, etc. At times, I get so locked into those tasks I forget why I started writing in the first place – that being to help others. Doesn’t matter whether that’s a casual reader or another blogger, that’s my goal.
While writing and putting out a quality product is important, it doesn’t bring me the highest levels of fulfillment. Ultimate levels of fulfillment come when I know others have actually been helped through my efforts. Your fulfillment may come in a different way…that’s just what gets my engine humming.
So how can bloggers help one another?
Step one would simply be to read and share that content on the various social media outlets (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). To take it a step further, you may take a minute to comment on something interesting in the article. Commenting regularly has helped me establish relationships with people I have never met.
If you publish a roundup of your weekly activities, list some interesting articles you’ve read in that post. Some even host blog carnivals where writers can submit their content for publication.
Another idea is to guest post for another site, without expecting anything in return. Or you could arrange to do a blog swap (exchanging posts to publish on each other’s site). I have some coming up soon with several bloggers who have recently contacted me. I’m looking forward to giving them a platform here to share their work.
You may even go as far as to collaborate on a bigger project. My blogging friends John and Grayson from Frugal Rules and Debt Roundup respectively, have teamed up on a new site called Sprout Wealth. I’m sure their combined talents will take that site further than if they were working on their own.
Those ideas for helping others may not have been revolutionary. That’s not the point today. The issue I’m reminding myself of (and challenging you on) is that if I want to have success as a blogger (or for that matter in life), I have to get outside of myself more and see what I can do for others.
The little things like sharing and commenting are important. But in the end, in order to have big success and achieve the highest levels of fulfillment, I have to go above and beyond the call of duty. Giving generously and liberally to others would be a step down the right path.
Want to get started on your giving journey today? Then share this post and help spread the word about what Jeremy is doing.
What’s the coolest thing any blogger has done for you? How are you helping others succeed? What other ways could you give assistance to another blogger? What ultimately fulfills you?