Am I missing something about Blogging?

Last Update: October 03, 2015

I'm hoping the community members will answer a few questions for me that may help me to have a better understanding on Blogging? When we take the time out of our busy day to prepare and share our knowledge, because we've been asked for help, and very few respond when we answer them, what am I missing? When we Pay it Forward for those who specified where they are having difficulty and only 10 people respond and out of the 10 only 4 actually give great feedback, why is that? The last I heard we are a community of 190,000 and growing and 10 is the best response that is given to a caring community member!

We are listening and we make the time to fulfill the needs of the many, and we really do care to make a difference so you can become successful too! That's what Paying it Forward is all about, but for those who take and don't even acknowledge the members who are there for them, I just don't think there is a clear understanding of what WA is all about! The time has been taken to be a helpful caring community, it's just common courtesy to take a few moments of your time to let them know their time is appreciated and helpful, and there are so many helpful members! " And that's all I'm going to say about that!"

If you're not sure what Paying it Forward means, I invite you to go to my profile page and under my Visual aid Trainings you'll find a short but specific video that you can watch and learn, called Paying it Forward! Thank You community members who really put yourselves out there! Keep Smiling. Sharon:).


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Sheila50 Premium
Hi Sharon,
I too am not sure, but I do know that I get so many emails that I can not get through them all or that is all I will do in the time I have to work on my sites and lessons.
I do apologize to anyone that I may have offended, but I do understand that some people just do not have enough time to get back to everyone.
I do know that if the blog is way long, I sometimes will not be able to read it all.
Thanks
Sheila :)
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Happygirl48 Premium
Hi Sheila, Thank you for responding, I know we are all so very busy. Yes! When we're starting out it can be overwhelming too and we all ask for help.
I appreciate that you at least try to help some of the people that call out for help. None of us can answer all of our emails, I'm so inedited at times I just wait until the evening and I will go through mine and answer the ones I feel are a priority and the ones that just need to be pointed in the right direction, get a link.
I was responding to members who asked for help on how to write content. I usually do a visual aid training, I don't like long Blogs either, but this required to be written and It was long overdue. So I put it out there
.I always try my best to Pay it Forward and I'm not looking for praise! I was feeling bad for all of the wonderful community members who take the time out of their busy schedules to help those in need and then to see that they don't even get a reply. It took me 3 seconds to write. Thank You for your help, I couldn't have done this without your help. I think they deserve that much. You don't owe anyone an apology, you're doing the best that you can.

Thank you for answering when you have the time, it is greatly appreciated by those who are new and feel overwhelmed as we all do in the beginning. Keep :)ing Sharon
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christine01 Premium
Hisharon i as a newbie i do look at questions and blogs but didnt have and still dont have enough understsnding of it all but follow through to see answers but i can end up spending more time on this at the cost of getting through my lessons so as a newbie let me apologise i do read but very rarely respond but i take your point and will endeavour to even just note my reading even if i have little value to add
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Happygirl48 Premium
Hi Christine, cute baby Gravatar:)
You under estimate yourself, you know more than you think. I understand how overwhelmed you must feel being a newbie and you're right, you won't be able to answer questions just yet. I wouldn't expect you to try and answer a whole bunch of emails and your classes come first.
However, don't underestimate what you can learn out in the community when there are so many helpful knowledgeable members who will do all they can to help you to succeed.

You can screen which Blogs or Posts are of use to you and you will learn very quickly what you can use. All I'm trying to say is, if you get help, just take a few seconds to let the person you learned from know that they were of help to you. I'm sure you will do that as you move forward.
I can tell you this though, you will move forward faster when you check for great content on topics that you need help on. Always ask questions, you will excel faster in your training. Know that you're not alone and we are here for you and want to see you succeed and that's how we Pay it Forward. Keep :)ing Sharon
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Gordon-D Premium
krazykat has given a great answer Sharon, but also another point to think about is how many of those 190,000 are fairly new members and would they really know the answer to any certain questions that were raised. I know on a personal view if I am not 100% sure of an answer I wouldn't want to lead the person asking, up the wrong tree so I wouldn't answer, and I have been here 10 months.
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Happygirl48 Premium
Thank you for taking the time to reply Gdodd, I think something got lost in the translations here. I'm not asking the newbies to answer questions they can't, by Blog was in response to members who asked for help in how to write content hence the name "Creating a Virtual Handshake!" The Blog "Am I missing something, was after the fact and it was as a result of hardly any reply from the people who asked for help in the first place. I don't expect 190,000 members to answer that would be ludicrous!, I do believe that the members who use their valuable time to help, deserve a 4 second acknowledgment from the people who asked for the help in the fist place. My email is inundated too, but I can find a half hour in my day to at least try to help some of the members who are overwhelmed and struggling. I have a website too, but I wouldn't have, if I didn't get help from the members in the community who were kind enough to help me when I was starting out and I didn't always get what I needed from the classes sometimes! I will always Pay it Forward as it is the right thing to do! Respectfully, Sharon:)
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Gordon-D Premium
Understand Sharon
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krazykat Premium
Sharon, this is a good question that likely comes with many different answers.
I can think of a few.
One thing I have noticed when some of the newer members ask a question, and they receive no response, I have looked at their profiles and their networks are very small....meaning that their question hasn't reached a lot of members.
Another answer would be that if in fact there are 190,000 members like you say, and if each of them posted daily, our mailboxes would be way too full to even consider responding to even a small percentage.
Let's see what others have to say.
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BushiAntz Premium
I also agree with what Val has said here :)
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Happygirl48 Premium
Thank You Krazykat for taking the time to respond to my Blog.
I will speak to your first response, if a newbie doesn't have a large enough network to start out with, then they can put the question to the community and get a quick response. I know this, because you're right, when I was a newbie, I didn't get a response, but when I asked a question and put it to the community they came through, there are so many forums on WA to do that, I got a quick responses from many places, especially the wonderful caring members of the community.

I don't expect 190,000 members to answer that would be ludicrous!, I do believe that the members who use their valuable time to help when asked, deserve a 4 second acknowledgment from the people who asked for the help in the fist place.

My email is inundated too, but I can find a half hour in my day to at least try to help some of the members who are overwhelmed and struggling. I have a website too, but I wouldn't have, if I didn't get help from the members in the community who were kind enough to help me when I was starting out and I didn't always get what I needed from the classes sometimes!

Paying it Forward is a valuable asset to this website and I believe there are a lot of members who would agree that if it wasn't there, WA wouldn't be the website that it is today. Caring is not just a sometime thing it's a necessary thing in todays world. Respectfully, Sharon:)
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codevonish Premium
Sharon you are a shining example of practice what you preach, where do you find the time?, you must be one of the most hardworking members in WA. Thanks again. Best wishes.
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Happygirl48 Premium
Thank you codevonish, I'm glad you get it! Your time is valuable and well spent. I love being a member of WA and I like Paying it forward. I struggle with the juggling act too, but I can spare some of my time to help any member. Keep :)ing Sharon
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BillandSue Premium
Hi Sharon,
I feel the younger generation has lost their respect for others some what these days. It gets frustrating to not have some appreciation for what you try to do. I don't write many articles so far in our short stay at WA (which we truly love) because I am still "feeling" my way around but I like to respond to other writings as I can Thanks for bring this up. Stay Happy Sharon!!.
Bill
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Happygirl48 Premium
Hi Bill and Sue, Thank You for taking the time to reply to my Blog. LOL, I'm always Happy, I get teased by my family and friends about it and have all of my life.
Your right about the generation gap, I dislike what is happening to our Family unit as a result of it. I can't recall any other generation gaps being this disrespectful.

I'm glad you took the time to read the Blog and the funny thing is, it came as a result of my Blog called Creating a Virtual Handshake on the very subject of how our world has changed as a result of the Internet. I did address how to write engaging Content to improve communications with their readers, and that was the mainstay.

I was asked to do one of my visual trainings on how to create engaging content by several members who were struggling with it. However, it had to be a written, so I did the Blog. The feedback I got was great, but not one word from those who asked me to do it.
I guess they were disappointed in me, because it had to be written and they don't like to read Blogs! In turn, I guess I was really disappointed and I decided it was time to address this, as it goes on all the time, but not with my trainings, they get rave reviews because they are short and to the point and they get the job done in half the time and don't have to read.
I think I'm starting to ramble, sorry about that. LOL I do want you to know that I'm glad we're from the same generation I am, because you have values and you can't put a price on that. Keep smiling, I know I will. Sharon:)
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BillandSue Premium
Thanks Sharon. I always have time to read your Blogs. Have a great Week!
Bill
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