Paying it forward.


One of the things I love most about blogging is the “paying it forward” aspect of it.   Once upon a time, I was a brand new blogger who knew nothing about blogging and had zero followers.  There was a whole learning curve to learning WordPress and making my blog look exactly the way I wanted it to look.  But one of the biggest challenges I faced in those days was obtaining a following.   I remember how frustrated I was when I’d been blogging for 2 weeks and had a paltry 12 followers.   But other bloggers who were more experienced and had large followings helped me along the way. They shared my posts, either by reblogging them or linking to them, or sharing them on their social media.    They were happy to help out,  expecting nothing in return, and I feel indebted to them for that, because without that early help, this blog would never have gotten the head start that it did.

Now, two years later, I’m in a position to help newbies, at least a little, by doing the same thing for them as was done for me. I’ve had several opportunities to do that, and I am as happy to help them as more established bloggers were to help me when I was new.

It will be exciting to see these new bloggers grow, and maybe in a year or two, I will be able to watch them as they help a new “generation” of bloggers get started on their writing journeys.  It’s a little like being a parent watching your kids grow up.


About luckyotter

Recovering from C-PTSD due to narcissistic abuse from childhood. I was married to a sociopathic narcissist for 20 years. Proud INFJ, Enneagram type 4w5. Animal lover, music lover, cat mom, unapologetic geek, fan of the absurd, progressive Christian, mom to 2 Millennials, mental illness stigma activist, passionate anti-Trumper. #RESISTANCE
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11 Responses to Paying it forward.

  1. nowve666 says:

    You helped me get started. But I think 12 followers after only two weeks is awesome!

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  2. Bradley says:

    I self hosted and prefer it that way, however I think I would have grown must faster and much more had I hosted through WordPress early on. They certainly know how to build strong communities.

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    • luckyotter says:

      I love the WP community, which is a big reason why I don’t go self hosted. The other reason is because I’m no techie and self hosting just seems so overwhelming and hard. I don’t see a good reason to self host right now, but maybe in the future I’ll give it a try. Or if his blog starts to get too unwieldy.

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  3. Mary Job says:

    The WP community is beyond amazing indeed. When folks tell me they have a blog, I’m always like, please tell me its on Lol.


  4. Twelve followers in two weeks? It took me months to get that many followers!

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