I am certain many bloggers have wondered what makes one blog more popular than the next. Why are some hugely successful while others remain unknown? While there are many factors involved, one of the largest is simply this: great bloggers exist to help others. They give before they receive. A popular way to say this is that they Pay it Forward.
They help others by giving in many forms: of their time, their expertise, their money, and sometimes even other people’s money. John Chow did just that when he donated $5000 he was given for doing a good deed for a stranger who asked for his assistance. Then he doubled that gift by offering valuable links in his own blog to anyone willing to donate only $3.29 – one meal – to UGM to Feed the Hungry.
This is the key to giving: you do it without expecting to get anything back. The beauty of giving without expectation is that it generates far more good than the seed you planted. Follow John Chow’s lead. Give to others of whatever source you have. If you don’t have money, give your time and expertise. If you don’t have that, give a smile, or a hug. You could make someone’s day – and that will make yours.