As my son grows up, I want him to be confident in his ability to grow as a person and make his own way in the world. As a proud parent, I want him also to be confident in his ability to share.
Some of the most successful people I know are also the most generous people I know. Fundamentally, I believe that a successful person is giving because they are confident in their ability to be successful. They know they can afford to be generous.
Most people don’t realize, but the ability to share goes hand in hand with your own ability to earn. Just consider, the person who is confident in sharing, also must be confident in his ability to regain whatever he’s giving away, be it gifts, cash, or information. You can only give what you have.
On a personal level, I believe that sharing is a character trait to be admired. It is one of the first lessons that we teach our children. We tell them to share with others. They are taught that lessons by their teachers when they first start school. Ask any 4 year old and they know the meaning of the word share.
But sometimes, along the way, we forget that lesson.
As a blogger, we also need to remember the power of sharing.
The more that we give of ourselves to our audience, the more our blogs will grow. We build stronger relationships and connections with our readers.
Many blogs already demonstrate this concept. As you surf the blogosphere, you will see many blogs giving away free e-books, podcasts, and great information on their sites. These blogs understand that when they give something away for free, they are building a relationship with the receiver, who may one day give back to their blog. They may give back in the simplest ways by signing up for your list or retweeting a post. However, each gesture is one that pushes your blog to greater heights.
The very best blogs are a wealth of information that you can find for free. The blogger’s presence is felt all around the blog as you see them answering questions in their comments and responding to their email. They provide genuine, useful information to their audience, knowing that with every bit that they share, their generosity will pay for itself.