The quality of a community is not measured by its size, but by the strength of the bonds tying each member to another. How can we foster this?
If you're not familiar with the movie "Pay It Forward" released in 2000, it's the story of a kid doing good deeds for others according to a simple rule: the recipient of a favor does a favor for three others they cannot complete by themselves, rather than paying the favor back. His theory: if everyone does the same, the world will eventually become a better place.
Paying things forward creates trust. It's not a calculated move or a transaction where you expect something in return: it's an act of compassion where you deliberately help someone in need.
This is what I'd like any member of this community to practice. Get involved. It doesn't have to be much. Just say hello to a new member, or read a piece and give one-sentence feedback. If we all make an effort, we can grow together and eventually get back all the time we invested.
Here are some concrete actions I'll implement over the next weeks:
- Daily reading: it doesn't matter if the topic doesn't interest you or if the grammar is terrible, give feedback. I used to read every published post every day, but I eventually fell out of habit. In 2020, I'm implementing new pages to centralize the posts published on a given day, and I'll go through them 4 days a week to give encouragement or feedback.
- Add value: there is a human behind each article released on this website, with hopes and dreams. Ask questions. Get to understand them. Figure out how we can help as a community and as individuals.
- Celebrate achievements: you can find a panel on the right side of the landing page announcing new achievements. Spread some love! A "Congrats" can go a long way. I'll soon be bringing back the weekly newsletter to help with that as well.
- Meet face to face: some members of this community already met, physically or in a video conference room. If you love someone else's writings, don't be shy and ask to talk.
- Think long-term. On 200WaD, you have the opportunity to interact with like-minded people on a daily basis. Use it to create together, improve your own writings, and generate new opportunities.
Talk to you soon,