How to Grow Your Blog With Kindness

When I was a little girl, my parents took me to church every Sunday morning. Even though the better part of those hours were spent wiggling in the pew and making googly eyes at other kids, a few nuggets of wisdom penetrated my youthful noggin.

More importantly, they penetrated my heart.

One of the brightest nuggets to stick with me was the principle of treating others as I’d like to be treated myself. In fact, these words have done more than just stick with me–they’ve become the foundation for my blog and my life.

When it comes to blogging, we don’t have to look far for opportunities to show kindness. We might retweet a newbie’s quality post, offer a guest post to a blogger up to her earlobes with a product launch, or be supportive and encouraging in our comment replies.

The truth is, no matter what our acts of kindness may be, the positive energy we release into the world comes back to us in ways we can’t envision.

Here’s an example:

A couple months ago, Katie Tallo asked me to write my first guest post for her newish blog, Momentum Gathering. Conventional wisdom says to aim guest posts at larger blogs, but Katie was a friend. I wanted to support her blog, and this guest post arrangement felt right in my heart no matter what the logical side of my brain said.

I put my all into writing that guest post, A Slacker’s Guide to Getting Things Done, and I had a grand time interacting with readers in the comment section. That  was that. Or so I thought anyway until I got an email from Katie telling me the post had been linked to in the Zen Habits ‘Simple Links‘ section. That ‘Simple Link’ led to a flood of traffic on Katie’s blog, which ultimately spilled over to this blog from the link in my guest post bio.

But that’s not all.

A few weeks later, Katie, that fresh-out-of-the-box blogger, was named Managing Editor at The Daily Brainstorm. It was Katie who ultimately suggested Virgin Blogger Notes be considered as a contributor to that publication, and later, when there was a need to bring another Managing Editor on board, Katie recommended me for the position.

Pretty amazing stuff from a post that most blogging gurus would consider ‘wasted’ on a smaller blog.

Would some of these things have happened even if I hadn’t guest posted on Katie’s blog? Maybe. But posting there got my article in front of people who likely never would have seen it on a ‘blogging’ blog. And sharing the guest posting experience with Katie let her see how I work and interact in a professional exchange.

Granted, not every act of kindness yields such magical results, but when kindness is adopted as a core business value and is coupled with high-quality work, I’m convinced that growth inevitably follows.

Here’s how:

  • Because you generously retweet other bloggers’ posts, your own posts get tweeted more than they otherwise would.
  • Rather than struggling to compete with others, you seek to add value to their work by collaborating with them, thus reaching a broader audience.
  • You often include links to other bloggers’ articles in your posts, which leads them to share those posts with their followers.
  • Because you only promote the highest quality products and market them with integrity, readers trust you, buy from you, and recommend you.
  • You have a reputation for being a positive, supportive person, and your name often comes up when bloggers seek a joint venture partner.
  • New visitors quickly see the extra care you take to produce helpful content, and they become subscribers.
  • Successful bloggers want to mentor you and introduce you to their peers because you’ve been helpful, plus they’ve noticed how you boost others.

Whether you’re a new blogger struggling to gain traction or a more experienced blogger wanting to gain subscribers or sell more products, practice shifting your focus from what you want to get to what you can give.

As the analytics of your heart show upticks in kindness, encouragement, and support, the analytics of your blog will also improve.

Your turn: How do you practice kindness in your blogging?

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79 Responses to How to Grow Your Blog With Kindness

  1. Ian [EagerExistence] August 2, 2010 at 7:05 am #

    Love it. Nothing wrong with organic growth.

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:24 am #

      Right you are, Ian. Amazing things happen when we base success on being kind and contributing to the world.

  2. Scott McIntyre August 2, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    Hi Jean,

    It’s nice to hear your thoughts on kindness and helpfulness being a key element of blogging.

    The blogosphere is all about connections – and the best way to build a valuable connection is to be mutually supportive. I guess some would call it ‘good karma’.

    I think gaining a reputation as a trusted and ‘go-to’ blogger is probably the highest honor you can get.

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:28 am #

      Hi Scott. Even though blogging is hard work, there’s a certain effortlessness that comes with the individual activities when we approach them from a place of wanting to do good for others. It’s like the more we support others, the more we’re supported ourselves.

  3. Terri August 2, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    Just finished my own blog post on learning about twitter and ended up talking about the kindness I have encountered there. And then found your blog post on a similar wavelength minutes after! I have been amazed at the kindness I have felt and the encouragement from more experienced bloggers, twitterers and writers as I have started out. I hope I can likewise share the same in return. Thanks for your post – beautiful.
    Terri recently posted..‘Bird by bird’- learning @ twitter

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:30 am #

      Terri, I’m going to fly over to your blog as soon as I respond to a few comments here. I just had to tell you something first though . . . I’m currently rereading a writing book called ‘Bird by Bird’ by Ann Lamott, so when I saw the title of your post, I couldn’t help but think we truly are on the same wavelength today!

  4. S. Ali Myers August 2, 2010 at 7:49 am #

    Absolutely beautifully written post, Jean.

    Life is so simple, isn’t it? Treat others the way you want to be treated. Give to receive. I couldn’t agree with you anymore!

    When I started my blog, I did it from the free information angle. Yes, I could’ve sold my “Vegan Beginner’s Guide” in the form of an eBook. But, how many people would have purchased it? The fact that I made this free, will benefit me in the long run. Why? Because I am doing my part in contributing the world and in turn, the Universe shines on you.

    My act of kindness is, genuinely caring about people and giving them tools to think (or rethink) and subsequently change for the better. I do this by providing free information and videos and engaging with my readers.
    S. Ali Myers recently posted..You Know Too Much- Thats Why Youre Stupid!

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:37 am #

      Life truly is simple and beautiful if we just open up to it. I love your site, by the way! I’m following your lead in terms of providing free information. This month I’ll be finishing up a free download that’s a mix of blogging/personal development insights that I feel will boost others up. Thank you so much for doing what you do and bringing your light into the world.

  5. Grampa Ken August 2, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    Doing a favor for someone or showing understanding and compassion just feels good doesn’t it Jean?. By thinking of other people, we get our thoughts away from ourselves, perhaps when we are occupied with self-pity, anger, or anxieties. It can work wonders.
    Benjamin Franklin noted; “When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.”
    Grampa Ken recently posted..Memories- Keep Only the Good

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:39 am #

      That is so true, Grampa Ken. My mom lives in a nursing home, and there’s nothing like going to spend time with the residents there to move me back into gratitude.

  6. Angela Artemis August 2, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    Jean,
    Your wisdom astounds me!
    It’s true. Blogging at it’s heart is about giving.
    We begin our journey because we want and have a need to express ourselves and connect with others.

    There’s no commerce involved, at least in the beginning, and I think that’s why we all truly share and help one another so easily. We all know how important it is for our work to be seen and shared – and we all know the heartbreak of working so hard in the beginning and having no one read our work! That’s why we are such a fantastic community – it’s about lifting one another up, so that we all get a chance to appreciate what each of us has created.
    Angela Artemis recently posted..For Spiritual Growth – Keep it Simple

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:54 am #

      You are someone who blogs from the heart, Angela. I’m so grateful to know you.

      I’ve been amazed at the support and encouragement in the online community. Not to mention the talent! There are so many treasures along this path.

  7. Jeffrey Morgan August 2, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    Hi Jean,
    I’ve been away for too long. Major product launch and all that noise. I miss your writing.
    As for kindness……I see it as a lifestyle not an action.
    Jeffrey Morgan recently posted..Bloggers Market WordPress Secrets – At Last!

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

      Hello, Jeffrey. Good to see you! I’ve been delinquent in my blog travels too, as I’m trying to get a free download completed. Good luck with all things launch-related!

  8. Kiesha @ We Blog Better August 2, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Hi Jean,
    Your unconditional kindness is evident in everything you do and I’m ecstatic to hear that it is continually paying off for you.
    I truly believe that be kind is the only to blog. It nurtures the hearts of all who come into contact with you.
    I’m glad to hear I’m in good company.
    I read a sign the other day that said, “When you follow your heart, you’ll never be lost.”

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

      Thank you, Kiesha. I love the thought of nurturing the hearts of those who come into contact with us. What a beautiful way of putting it. So happy to be sharing this walk with you!

  9. Karen August 2, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    Hi Jean,

    Congrats on all the great things that have been happening in your life lately. No one deserves it more :-)

    I believe in karma so what goes around, comes around. Kindness given is such a simple act, but can reap so many rewards. Not to say that you should only give in order to get something, but by giving kindness to others, you never know what could come back to you.

    Karen
    Karen recently posted..How Zero-Based Thinking Can Help Your Future

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

      Thank you, Karen. You definitely have a lot of good karma coming your way, because you’re tremendously kind, helpful, and supportive. That’s true success to me!

  10. rob white August 2, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    Hi Jean,
    What a great example of the Law of Multiple Returns in action. You cannot receive value unless you give value… Life just doesn’t work that way and never will. Sowing and Reaping is an intricate part of this ever expanding cosmos in which we live. When you sow generously, you set up a consciousness of prosperity. This consciousness sets up vibrations that attracts abundance to you… I’m thrilled to see you reaping the benefits, Jean.
    rob white recently posted..The Ultimate Money Secret But It’s Not Just About Money

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

      Hi Rob. As an avid gardener, I see the truth of that statement in action so often. If I sow quality seeds, the harvest is normally so great that I have enough to help feed many households, and still have many feasts of my own.

  11. Jake LaCaze August 2, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    I like the real world example of generosity paying off. We’re told so often that it does but sometimes we need a real story to reinforce that it truly does benefit all involved.

    And congrats to you and your friend on your editing positions!
    Jake LaCaze recently posted..Why We Can’t Afford To Ignore The Past

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

      Thanks, Jake. I love hearing stories like this, so that’s why I decided that sharing this one was the right thing to do. The thing is, we just never know what’s going on behind the scenes. A word of encouragement may keep the next super-blogger from giving up and a smile at the right time might cheer a stranger so they’ll be extra nice to their family that night. Life is cool that way.

  12. Beth L. Gainer August 2, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    I just retweeted you! One act of kindness. My others include guest posting for others and recommending books on my blog, books that other bloggers published.

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

      Thanks for the RT, Beth. I truly appreciate that. I’m so glad to hear you’re putting kindness front and center in your blogging activities!

  13. Dev - Technshare.com August 2, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    Hey Jean,

    Congrats Girl.

    Super awesome thoughts about kindness :).

    Thanks for sharing this amazing Post.

    ~Dev
    Dev – Technshare.com recently posted..Find Out How You Can Reap Millions In Internet Revenues Part 3

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

      Thanks Dev. I appreciate you stopping by, as always. That is an act of kindness that never goes unnoticed.

  14. Wanda August 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Jean, excellent everyday example of sowing and reaping.
    Wanda recently posted..Yes- You Matter to Me

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

      Thanks, Wanda. To everything there is a season!

  15. Preeti @ Heart and Mind August 2, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Jean,

    Very beautifully and thoughtful post! I am so happy for your growth, it is so well deserved! You are one of the friendliest blogger I know.

    Although I never thought Katie’s blog was newish or smallish, I am glad though it worked out very well for both of you.
    Preeti @ Heart and Mind recently posted..No Spend Month Challenge- Update and Take away from the experiment

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

      Hi Preeti. You know a thing or two about being a friendly blogger and always brighten my day just by showing up! I love what’s happened to Katie’s blog – it’s just exploded (in a good way!), and I credit that to her being such a kind person too. Of course she’s a brilliant writer and hard worker, but it’s that big heart of hers that really draws people in. We’re all blessed to know each other!

  16. Evelyn August 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Hi Jean!
    We never know where our acts of kindness will land us. The proof is in the pudding by what happened to you. Thanks for sharing your experience! :)

    I show acts of kindness to other fellow bloggers by:
    1. Leaving comments on their blogs
    2. Retweeting their posts
    3. Mentioning them on twitter
    4. Bookmarking and sharing posts on other sites like (buzz, digg, stumbleupon, facebook, et).
    5. Subscribing to their RSS feed
    6. Sometimes I will send an email just for encouragement.
    Evelyn recently posted..5 Motivational Quotes to Start Your Day

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

      Hi Evelyn. I love that you listed out those acts of kindness. Who knows who may follow your lead now? Your warmth comes through in everything you do.

  17. Mokibobolink August 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    Love this! I truly believe in what you give is what you get so I’m always trying to be kind as a blogger. Great post.

    -Moki

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

      Coming from a place of kindness with blogging (and life!) feels so good and is so powerful. It’s like we’re aligned with all the right forces and they hold us up somehow.

  18. Wayne Howard August 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    These are all really good tips. I’ve been trying to reach out and show love to as many people as possible but sometimes it can get a little overwhelming. In my case, I’ve had so much support so fast, trying to keep up gives me a headache lol.

    But I just take it one blog at a time, one post at a time. I practice kindness also by having my blog DoFollow, CommentLuv, Top Commentors, and Keyword Luv :-)
    Wayne Howard recently posted..Does This Salt Have Savor- The Salt Review

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

      Hi Wayne. That’s so funny what you said about trying to keep up. It’s 9:14 p.m. and a big part of me says, “Get off the computer, now!” The other part says, “Jean, you stay here until you’ve shown your appreciation for the folks who took their time to share their thoughts with you.” Well, you can tell which voice won :)

      Good tips on the plugins too. More things to go on my to-do list!

  19. Françoise August 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    You are perfectly right Jean. I always find it astonishing how those actions generated by kindness can create something huge when giving without expecting anything back.
    Françoise recently posted..You are OK

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

      Exactly, Francoise! When we don’t expect anything back at all, that’s when the skies really seem to open up with showers of blessings.

  20. Tess Bold Life August 2, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    Hi Jean,
    When I married my hubs when I was 17 and pregnant he had $2 in his pocket. We are both givers and lovers of life, we were never that broke again.

    It’s important to remember we can’t out give God or The Universe.And there’s no shortage of miracles;)
    Tess Bold Life recently posted..There Is Beauty In The World

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

      Hi Tess. Oh, I love that story of how you started out with your hubby! I remind myself regularly that kindness is a currency I’ll never run out of.

  21. Mandy June August 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    I feel that with blogging it’s more than just you and your readers– it’s a community. When you have a quality blog and provide great information for your readers, you really build trust with your audience and furthermore growing your blog with kindness like you mentioned above. It’s important to establish yourself in the blogger community.
    Mandy June recently posted..What You Need to Know About the Student Loan Reform Bill

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

      Good point, Mandy June. It really is about community and what we can bring to the overall conversation and actions within that community.

  22. Meredith August 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    What a beautiful story, Jean! Love the message. I think what is most important is to do what you do from the heart — and it’s so inspirational that you did exactly that. :)
    Meredith recently posted..help- I’m melting…

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

      Hi Meredith. Although there’s a place for logic and clear thinking in life, our hearts are generally more reliable indicators when it comes to leading us on our true life path. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  23. Sandra Struebing August 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    Jean,

    While reading your blog the word “eloquent” followed me to the finish! I’m relatively new to the blogging world and appreciated your insights and tips – it helped fuel my determination to “keep hanging in there” and keep working towards my goals.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Sandra Struebing recently posted..Deafness Linked to Wheelchair Usage

    • Jean Sarauer August 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

      Hi Sandra. I love new bloggers, relative or otherwise :) Yes, do keep hanging in there. There’s no race going on and no place you need to be with your blog at a certain day or time. Enjoy the journey!

  24. Alien Ghost August 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    Hi Jean,

    It is so important the concept of “treat others the way you would like to be treated” and when applied in everything, everyday life, without the intentions of getting something back, it does bring so much in return.

    Raul
    Alien Ghost recently posted..Five Cents of Happiness

    • Jean Sarauer August 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

      Hi Raul. Yes, this is a principle that always brings something back. Perhaps it is simply a warm glow that we get inside or a bit of light in the eyes of another, but that is plenty!

  25. Aileen August 3, 2010 at 2:34 am #

    What a strong & lovely message!! Kindness is such a simple word and concept and yet it’s incredibly powerful. It’s one of those things that – the more you give the more you receive – and it’s a pretty simple thing to give.
    I love this story of flowing kindness. I didn’t know your post was linked to on Zen Habits (not sure how I missed that)Well Deserved – The Slackers Guide is a great post!!

    As with all of your posts – this one is a strong message for all bloggers regardless of where we are in our blogging journey!!
    Aileen recently posted..Survival Tips to Beat the Heat

    • Jean Sarauer August 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

      Hi Aileen. I’m beginning to learn that so much of what applies to bloggers at an early stage applies to others, as well. Leo has a section on Zen Habits called ‘Simple Links,’ and there are some amazing articles and resources on there! You’ll probably find yourself spending a lot of time there if you discover it, so you’d better look out :)

  26. Farouk August 3, 2010 at 2:37 am #

    that’s a beautiful post jean, if all bloggers thought that way, life would be much easier :)
    Farouk recently posted..Response cached until Tue 3 @ 8:46 GMT (Refreshes in 0.17 Hours)

    • Jean Sarauer August 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

      Hi Farouk. Yes, the blogging world and the world in general would be transformed if this practice became a way of life for the majority.

  27. Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella August 3, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    Karma, The Goldon Rule, reciprocity… whatever you call it, it’s a force that gets way too underestimated.

    Sounds like good things are coming your way, Jean. And you certainly deserve it. I wish you many more deserved blessings! :)
    Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella recently posted..Blog Carnival Convert To Business Blog Without Turning Off Readers

    • Jean Sarauer August 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

      Thank you Joella. You deserve many blessings too. I really appreciate how much value you give in your content, not to mention your beautiful personality.

  28. Lisa @ PracticallyIntuitive August 3, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Jean,

    You are so right on this whole idea. I love to shine a spotlight on others who are doing a kick-ass job or are just wonderful people. I do it because it brings me joy but so much awesomeness has come from it, that I’m constantly amazed.

    When you do something from your heart, truly from your heart, amazing things show up.

    Daily Brainstorm is one of my favorite places to visit each day and I was tickled to see you posting on there as your site is also one of my favorites. :)
    Lisa @ PracticallyIntuitive recently posted..Small Ways

    • Jean Sarauer August 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

      Hi Lisa. You’ve got an awesome blog :) I’ve become addicted to The Brainstorm too. I’m discovering so many great blogs outside my niche – very fun!

  29. Marion Anderson August 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    Jean
    You were one of the first bloggers that I “met”. Over the months I have watched you weave a web of love and support through many blogs and touch many bloggers with your kindness.

    You told me recently that you want to be the same person on line as off. You write from you heart and from the kindness you have shown me you obviously live from it too.

    It is wonderful to see love and authenticity repaying you. Well done!
    Marion Anderson recently posted..How to Create a Perfect Day

    • Jean Sarauer August 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

      Thank you so much, Marion. I’m so glad we connected in our online adventures. It seems miraculous to me, really, how blogging brings so many of us together.

  30. Carolina August 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    When people were mean…I used to like to respond with meanness. I’ve now learned that kindness is such much more powerful tool. :) Great post.

    • Jean Sarauer August 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

      I think we’ve all been at that point where we react defensively or pick up on negative energy, Carolina. Sometimes it’s challenging to respond kindly but the more we do it, the more it becomes ingrained in us.

  31. Adena Atkins August 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    You are definitely authorized to write about kindness in blogging–thank you for all of your help so far!
    Adena Atkins recently posted..First Thing In The Morning

    • Jean Sarauer August 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

      Hello Adena. It’s so good to see you here. It’s my privilege to help when I can!

  32. Jered August 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    Jean,

    This is an excellent post!

    I’ve found that the more giving and humble I am, the more people like to be giving and humble to me.

    I also believe a great way to be kind to others is to be kind to yourself. The more valuable you are, the more value you can contribute to others.

    You are one of my favorite writers, Jean. Thank you for providing such a great resource here at Virgin Blogger Notes.
    Jered recently posted..The Payoff of Persistent Vision

  33. Jean Sarauer August 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    Hi Jered. Oh, I’m so glad you said that about being kind to ourselves. It’s easy to let our health habits slide, speak critically to ourselves, push ourselves too hard, etc., and then we wonder giving feels like a chore instead of the joy that it is.
    Jean Sarauer recently posted..How to Grow Your Blog With Kindness

  34. Alex August 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    Jean,

    What can I say, apart from ‘congratulations and this is exactly what you had coming, there was never anything less for you girl. Karma is good like that :)
    I too was brought up with the values of treating others as you would treat yourself, you know – putting yourselves in others shoes. I think if the whole world could live this value then ALL problems would be solved.
    Anyway – at least YOU are leading by example.
    Always a pleasure to stop by the not so Virgin bloggers desktop.

    Take Care Jean, you’re an inspiration
    Alex recently posted..Article Marketing Part 2 – Quality vs Quantity

    • Jean Sarauer August 4, 2010 at 11:52 am #

      Thank you, Alex. You’ve been a real inspiration to me all along too. I so appreciate your positive spirit and the value you bring to whatever you do.

  35. Farnoosh August 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    Catching up is hard to do – but boy have I missed out so so much! Jean, my grandmother swore by one word: Kindness. Everything you describe here is true (and I never considered Katie’s blog small even though she has not been blogging long at all). Thank you for a great story! And I love to see virgin blogger notes grow because your writing voice and style is commendable. You have my support any day of the week!
    Farnoosh recently posted..Beyond the First 30 Days- Staying Committed to Habits

    • Jean Sarauer August 4, 2010 at 11:56 am #

      You must be seeing blog posts in your sleep with the way you’ve been making the rounds on here, Farnoosh I’m very happy to see you here and anywhere, but take a rest woman 😉 I think the whole ‘smaller’ and ‘bigger’ thing is silly, actually. Some folks even suggest asking people how many subscribers they have before offering them a guest post. Definitely not my style!

  36. Tia August 4, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    I love the principle of treating others the way we want to be treated, and how it applies to blogging. Blogging in a social vacuum just doesn’t work. The end result of what you’re talking about here is that blogging becomes less work, more fun, and much more rewarding overall. Great post once again.

    Cheers,
    Tia
    Tia recently posted..Two Cents Tuesday- What’s the Main Reason So Many Blogs Fail

    • Jean Sarauer August 4, 2010 at 11:57 am #

      When I first started blogging I really had no clue about all the support and goodness out there in the online world. It was a huge (and totally delightful) surprise to experience.

  37. ntathu August 5, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    Bless you Jean–what a joy to receive and read your blog and all the thoughtful comments and sharing. Makes me feel real excited and eager to start my blog, write and share what I know…(Am in process of getting things organised etc) it will be a new venture but your principles will guide me through. Thank you. Hugs ntathu

    • Jean Sarauer August 5, 2010 at 11:47 am #

      Thank you ntathu. I’m so glad to hear you’re starting on the blogging path. It’s a joy, really. Yes, there are road bumps and frustrations along the way, but the sharing and connecting are true blessings. Good luck to you, and please keep in touch!

  38. Brandon Connell August 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Kindness? Is that what you’re using? I thought you were making people comment by holding a gun to their head 😉
    Brandon Connell recently posted..The big fat blogger repeat

    • Jean Sarauer August 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

      Yeah, a big squirt gun – comment or else! :) Now I have to come over and see what that ‘big fat blogger repeat’ title is all about!

  39. finallygettingtoeven.com August 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    Thanks!
    finallygettingtoeven.com recently posted..Stop 22 – Inspiration Station

  40. J.D. Meier August 9, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    > the principle of treating others as I’d like to be treated myself.
    That’s been one of my most important principles in life. My Mom taught me that early on and it stuck.

    Ironically it stuck when it got re-enforced by an early substitute that said to think of her like a mirror because she’ll reflect back what she gets.
    J.D. Meier recently posted..Day 9 – Prioritize Your Day with MUST- SHOULD- COULD

  41. Katie August 10, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    Jean, you lovely woman. Thank you for mentioning our path crossings and our mutual admiration in your lovely post. I’m honoured. You are so right about kindness. It’s the ingredient that makes bloggers rise to the top. You are on your way and I continually love hearing about your journey. All hail, Jean the blogging machine!
    Katie recently posted..5 Simple Ways to Embrace the Bliss of Less

    • Jean Sarauer August 10, 2010 at 11:57 am #

      This blogging machine slipped a cog or two the last couple of days :) I’m so glad we’re in this ‘blogging thing’ together and in our other ventures and adventures too. Did I mention how glad I am that you’re back from vacation??? :)

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