I just want to address this issue that I feel really strongly about.
Sharing the love.
Being a blogger, I spend a lot of time pouring my heart out, trying to find ways to inspire and motivate people. This is not an easy task and for anyone that has written a blog post either on SavvySME or on their own website, they can attest to the amount of time and effort that is put into a good blog post.
Even if you almost blog daily like myself, it doesn't get any easier, in fact it gets harder because most likely you've written about almost everything already so you need to continually push yourself to find ways to produce better content.
Last night I stayed up typing a post about how Facebook causes low self-esteem. It was 3 am (after a much needed SavvySME brainstorming session with Phil) and I had work the next day, but I just felt so strongly about it at that point I decided to spend some time writing it up. It was one of those emotional moments where if you didn't get it out of your system immediately, it would have never felt the same again. So there I was typing away.
I can tell you now, that's one of the best things I ever did and was well worth the sleep hangover the next day. Why you ask? Because I woke up to a tweet from a reader.
If I could have made a difference to even one person, all that time for me is well worth spending, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. If she didn't take the time to share that with me, I may have never known how much she appreciated it. But her tweet made my day.
The moral of the story is that you can really change someone's day by simply taking 2 minutes to write a comment on their article or their question or answer someone's question. It's a powerful feeling that such a little action can dramatically change the course of someone's day and we all know as business owners, days can get pretty rough and lonely.
So I want to put it out to the SavvySME community:
Let's make an effort to support each other!
It's the same concept as smiling at people on the street. Because we are hiding behind our monitors, we need to find other ways to smile at people. Faceboook invented the Like button just for this purpose and it's been such a hit.
So every time you read an article, rate it or comment on it and thank the author. If you enjoyed someones question, and trust me some people put a lot of time into answering your questions, go back and thank them and rate it up. If you develop a liking to a particular person, let them know by following them. It literally takes no time at all and when you get into a habit of it, you'll find that your online relationships will grow significantly.
So to everyone at SavvySME let's show some love to all the effort our fellow members make everyday.