Thanks to @stellarbelle for suggesting compassion as a topic to write in today's post aimed at helping people succeed on steem. It's a great idea and over the past decade I found this makes a big difference when working to grow your blog.
Let's Define Compassion
Doing a search returns:
Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
That's pretty much what we all thought. Like putting yourself in another person's shoes and seeing life from where they are coming from. Having concern for other people that may suffer or in an unfortunate situation we are separate from. We should show compassion in our daily interactions. Not only in person but also online in places like this.
We can show compassion in our interactions online much easier than we may in person. This is true if you are an introvert like myself. Many people online don't peg me as one because of how I conduct myself online. However, every person who knows me in person will tell you it's one hundred percent the case.
I'm INTP-A if anyone was wondering (the -A is for assertiveness).
Being Compassionate Around Steem
Whether you are using SteemIt, Busy.org, or another platform to access the steem blockchain and read posts, this next section applies. This is not looking for sad posts but having compassion for whatever you are reading. Most people put a lot of time and effort into their posts. Leaving a one or two word comment is not showing compassion or gratitude for their hard work. We should take the time to expand upon their original ideas and contribute to the conversation they started.
I sound like a broken record on commenting but it's important. My goal with these Tuesday/Thursday posts is to help everyone on steem. With the focus on people new to content creation and blogging. There is no reason for me to hoard my decade plus experience in blogging from everyone. Make sure you are taking the time to write out a good comment. Chances are if you are reading this word for word you are one to leave better comments around steem.
Compassion When Writing
I write to give value to at least one person every day. My poetry is to move people, my technology posts are to educate, and these are to help you stay motivated to get your blogging to the next level. That is compassion. Compassion in my writing. As I've said many times, if I was in this for the money I wouldn't be doing this. I would trade in and out of Bitcoin or doing anything else other than blogging. By doing this I give value to at least one person who reads my posts.
I am not a big player on steem and you might not be but that's all right. You don't have to be huge to help people but you must show compassion when you write. This will happen by thinking of the person spending their valuable time reading your work. If they are taking the time to read what you have to say you need to be compassionate and honor their time. They could do anything else but they picked your post to read what you have to say.
Giving value to your reader is showing them compassion.
You Never Know
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
I'm saying this due to what I've seen in the past. I have seen no one being mean or attacking another person on Steem at the time of writing this but I believe it is still good to say. As the quote above states, we can never know what someone is going though in their personal life. We only see what they create and share with the rest of the Steem universe.
When reading a poem or story that eludes to the authors feelings this is more important. We don't know how bad it is for them based on the content. We need to take the time to put ourselves in their position before making a comment or reaching out. If you don't agree with what is being said then it might be best to leave your opinion out of the comment section. It is better to say nothing than to make the situation worse for the creator.
Always ask, "Will my comment bring value to the author any readers".
Keep On Giving
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
I stated this idea in the post titled "You Need More Patience", the first in this series aimed at helping people get into the correct mindset when starting their blogging career. Giving is always more important than receiving. When we hop on a post and give a one word comment, it looks like we are just trying to get upvotes and curation rewards. It also shows you are not giving your all.
You need to give expecting nothing in return. Until you can spend your day on steem giving to those who work hard and not caring about the rewards you will never win. You may have short-term gains but people are keen on fakers. This will turn on you before you know it and you will end up being worse off than if you had just gave for the sake others, not yourself.
This mentality is the slow route to gaining on any platform but is the only method to hold those gains. Whether it be upvotes, comments, or followers, anything other than the grind will fade as the dew on a hot summer's morning. Build your blog buy giving to others. Not even giving back cause this implies that you got something first. Give your value and ask for nothing. People will respect you and the growth you have will be solid and firm, like building a house on the rocks and not the sinking sand.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or feed back you know where the comment section is. I'm also always open to direct messages on all the platforms out there so reach out! Oh, and if you have a topic you'd like me to cover please let me know and I'll add it to the list.
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