A word to the longer term members at WA
To the long term members here at WA, I'd like to offer my thanks. Many of you have helped me out with advice or training. I've made sure that most of those who have helped me know that they have done so by either commenting on their training or pm'ing them my thanks or a question to clarify.
Many of you have taken your time to help the newer members with questions and problems. I'd like to encourage even more of the members here to do so. Even if you would only answer a couple of questions a week or even a couple per month. Sometimes it seems like there are only about 25 or 30 people here that have an opinion about anything.
I know that it's a pretty big group because I can see how many people show up for Jay's (magistudios) live training on Friday nights at 8 pm Eastern. Newer members, if you haven't checked these out please do so soon. You are missing a truly magnificent resource in your Wealthy Affiliate membership.
I have seen questions come up that I, as a newer member, know the answer to, so I'm sure that you more experienced folks do as well. Your experience in the trenches would help so many newer members. We'd love to see you post about how you got to where you are at now, How to overcome that mental block, How to avoid the fear of social media (I'm guilty of this one). You don't need to give us your deepest darkest secrets, but little glimmers of hope and encouragement would surely be welcomed by many. Some people won't thank you, and some may become your new best friends.
For those that have helped me I'll do anything that's legal to return the favor. I'm kind of like a puppy in this regard, I won't lick your hand though ;-)
Some people only seem to speak to the same people in live chat and ignore everyone else. Yes, it is noticed. Maybe you are like me, an introvert. If I met you in public I'd be the guy in the corner quietly sipping his drink and not saying much if anything, but on here? I'm not so introverted and thanks to y'all for helping to draw me out of that shell. I promise that if you answera couple of questions people will notice and I haven't seen anyone get bitten yet. If you make a mistake in your answer and someone points it out, just acknowledge that you didn't realize that. It will improve your life as well as the people that you are helping. I've made errors in replying, I try to graciously thank the person that corrected me, file the info away for the next time someone asks, and move on.
Some people don't think that there is much of an active community here. Watch live chat for 7 days like a new person would. You probably will see the same names over and over answering questions. There's plenty of room for you.
No, you won't make money, or become famous, or better looking by answering. BUT you will have the gratitude of new members and some existing members. You'll probably also get a little warm fuzzy feeling around your heart knowing that you helped someone through a problem that you yourself may have faced when you began.
I only know a couple of you personally, but I'd like to know more of you. I'd really like to make this community even better than it is. You CAN make a difference in someone's progress, maybe even their life, by answering a question or providing a little advice or encouragement today. If you don't want to answer questions post one WA blog a month on the same kind of subjects. Tips for success, How to do X, Why I did blank, 5 best methods of ___________.
Just call me that new old guy here in WA, or if you read my blog and don't like something call me out of touch, crazy, or whatever. My point is just PLEASE get involved in some way. When you started I'm fairly certain that there were people there for you. Be there for someone else.
I'm in no way suggesting that you make this place like some do with FaceBook where it is an addiction almost. Maybe just 5 or 10 minutes a day. Every litlle bit helps. Thanks,
Bryan and other newbies