This past September, I attended my first big girl blogger conference. The 6th Annual Type-A Parent Conference was huge on content and equally significant on inspiration. So much so, that it took me these six months to chew on my favorite takeaway. Nom, nom, nom.
As I sat with my third-grade religion class today, again trying to find relatable, real life examples of The Golden Rule, my half-written blog post flashed in my head. Though not appropriate or relevant to nine-year-olds, I AM hoping it resounds with my fellow bloggers. Do unto others…
For this gal, the Type-A Parent Conference Closing Keynote Speaker, Thom Singer, was both spiritual teacher and social media guru; he was able to reach across the crowded ballroom and speak TO ME. (Gosh, if only I could connect with Little Susie Sunshine so successfully.)
Though titled “The Power of IRL”, much of what Thom talked about was the power of networking and meaningful engagement to build valid and true relationships both virtually and in person.
The Power of Community
While simple (though for many it is not to be taken for granted) Liking and Following may create some basic foundations, it takes much more to create a friendship. Thom references this thought: If you are broken down on the side of the road, how many folks would actually leave their homes and come to rescue you? These are the true relationships you should be striving for. Be that person others know they can call on.
Essentially, folks can tell if you are a phony. It may take years to build a social medai personna, but always be true in your interactions. Do little things consistently and you will start to build your community. Choose those in your circle carefully.
Little things add up. Take those baby steps. You don’t have to be rich to make a difference, but make a difference. (Just what I told those third-graders today!)
Want to make a difference? You can’t fake significance, only others decide if you are significant. So, what are you doing to make others significant? Personally, I find writing about myself BORING. Giving others significance? Now that’s interesting. I tweeted the same:
#notaboutme! Yes, the light bulbs went off. During last year’s Virtual runDisney series, I found great delight in sharing the exciting, quality posts of my fellow runners and writers. I received greater joy and gratification pinning and posting their work; my own blogging seemed mundane in comparison.
Post-conference, the question, “What is my best actionable step?” rattled in my brain. How could I best answer Thom’s challenge? What would I tell my third graders to do?? Do unto others…
I joined forces with fellow conference-goer and most giving soul, Julie of Run. Walk. Repeat.. Together, we hope you will share your generosity of spirit in our blogging community; pin a post that moves you.
– Does it shine a light on a cause you believe in? Pin it.
– Did it make you smile ear-to-ear? Pin it.
– Do you know a new blogger trying to step into the blogoshere? Pin it.
– Have you found a remarkable piece of writing? Pin it.
– Applaud the blogging/life milestones of another. Trumpet it. Pin it.
– Does it feature a noble fundraising effort? Pin it.
– Was it written by someone that you admire? Pin it.
– Know someone experiencing a particularly difficult time? Lift them up and pin it.
Reach outside your comfort zone. Take a risk. Pledge below to #PinItForward. (No additional post required.) Once a day, once a month, one a year; focus your spotlight outward. Expect nothing in return.