Monday, February 12, 2007

Pay It Forward

Once again the AW blog chain has arrived. In the last post in the chain, Cath gave a big thank you to people who are willing to take time to share their expertise as scam-busters and mentors. I'll add my thanks as well.

Sometimes I feel like I am being a leech by simply soaking up the information shared by others, since I am not a scam-buster myself and I don't have any inside knowledge of the publishing world. Then I try to remember that I can do my part by simply sharing the knowledge that I do have. That means taking time to read people's questions at the Absolute Write Water Cooler (and the other forums I belong to) and answering the questions that I can - maybe answering a science question, or sharing a good reference web site, or even just saying "hello, welcome to the board". It means doing what I can to help out the people I know in both "the real world" and online. It means giving back at least as much as I take.

I try to do my best, but I know I could do more to "pay it forward". So that's one of my goals for the year: do more for others. Check back next February to see how I did.

I'll now pass the chain over to Brian at the Beyond the Great Chimney Production Log.

The posts in the chain so far:
A View From the Waterfront:Why participate in an AW Blogchain?
Just a Small Town Girl: accountability
Even in a Little Thing: AW Blogchain #8
Down From the Garrett: It's a Turkey
Writing from Within: Absolute Write Blog Chain #8
Curiouser and Curiouser: AW Blog Chain #8
The Road Less Traveled: Pay It Forward (here!)
Beyond the Great Chimney Production Log: AW Chain: Writing in the dark and sun.
NVNC ID VIDES, NVNC NE VIDES:Absolute Write Blog Chains
Fireflies in the Cloud: And if you gaze for long into an abyss. . .

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Blogger Brian said...

official website for Pay it Forward?

4:56 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Looks like it. I'm using the phrase in the generic sense though.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Bk30 said...

Man, I loved that movie. And, what a life lesson to keep with you. I think, Peggy, that you do a good job paying it foward. The little things add up, specially when most people don't even do that much.

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Gillian said...

Growing can be all about communities, can't it?

6:25 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Cath, great post. And I remember all the things you posted during the AW shutdown - you have contributed a lot in the fight against scammy agents, etc. Don't ever doubt it - all that Google juice adds up.

I'm glad you're part of AW and especially the Blogging forum.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Yikes! I meant Peggy - not Cath (although Cath is wonderful, too)! sorry!

8:02 PM  
Blogger Matt D said...

It my experience, the people with the biggest desire to "pay it forward" have been doing it all along, in hundreds of different ways, and not giving themselves enough credit for it.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Владислав said...

It is very nice movie. Have you seen it? I'm bloggin in russian about that PIF here -

1:39 AM  

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