Podcast: Play in new window
Today’s episode is an audio blog post and it’s something new that I’m trying, which I’m calling, “Monday Motivation.” A couple of years back, I started a mini-podcast call the Motivational Minute. It was a way for me to try out the podcasting thing. The truth of the matter is that at the time, I was being asked to do some podcast production work for one of my clients, and I hadn’t yet done any myself, so I started the Motivational Minute just to learn how to podcast without taking a ton of time.
Since then I’ve produced literally hundreds of podcast episodes (more for my clients than for me!), and so don’t really need the practice any longer, but I thought that I’d start a new version of the Motivational Minute and rename it “Monday Motivation” since we ll need some help being motivated sometimes!
Now here’s today’s episode, The Golden Rule of Blogging. I hope you enjoy it!
Today I want to talk to you about the importance of giving. One of my favorite Bible verses is Luke 6:38 which says,
If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you.
Sometimes we get so focused on trying to build a successful blog, we lose touch with the importance of helping others. While it’s natural to focus on what we want others to do for us, for some reason, we don’t as naturally think of what we can do to help others.
I have an example for you that is not related to blogging, but bear with me, because there is an application to blogging that I think you’ll appreciate.
I recently started publishing Kindle books.You can find them at eBooksByRebecca.com. A HUGE deal with Kindle books (or really anything on Amazon) is reviews. So of course I want people to review my books. When I went to grab the direct link for someone to review my book, since I was logged in to Amazon at the time, all of the books that I’ve purchased and have NOT reviewed came up.
Now think about this for a moment! Chances are that the authors of the books that I had not reviewed also wish that more people would review their books, and yet I hadn’t done it. At the moment that I realized that, I reviewed some items and plan to go back in and review more soon.
The bottom line is that we need to treat others the way that we want to be treated.
Now let’s bring this back around to blogging. Bloggers often want to get comments on their blog posts. But yet they don’t take the time to comment on other people’s blog posts. Bloggers often want people to share their content on social media and yet may not take the time to share other people’s content.
Obviously, if you want people to comment on your blog posts, you should be commenting on other people’s blog posts. I don’t necessarily mean that if George comments on your post that you have to in return comment on George’s blog post. I’m speaking in more general terms, and simply mean that we should be in the habit of doing for others what we want them to do for us. It’s not a keeping score thing, but more of a way of life.
The same is of course true about sharing content and anything else related to our blogs.
Now let’s shift the focus to blog readers.
Have you ever read a blog post that didn’t deliver on what the title promised? While I wouldn’t say that that would make me mad, it is disappointing when that happens.
Or what about a blog post that is so poorly written, it’s painful to read?
The lesson here is to make sure that the content you put out on your blog fits the criteria that you desire when you visit someone else’s blog.
The amazing thing about giving, and treating others in the same way that you yourself want to be treated is that especially when we do it with pure motives, we end up receiving far more than we ever could if our sole focus was on making money or achieving some other type of success.
So this week, think about how the content you create can bless and encourage others. And while you’re at it, go leave a few comments on blog posts and share ones that you feel are shareworthy. As you shift your focus from your own success to the success of others, you’ll not only bless others, you will in return receive a blessing yourself.