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.