V is for Vested
According to Webster, being vested means a person is fully and unconditionally guaranteed a legal right to a benefit or privilege from the object interested in. But in order to become vested, you have to contribute something to the endeavor first. While it's not the precise interpretation of the way I feel, it is an accurate representation of how I regard my fellow aspiring writers here in the blogosphere.
I am vested in all of your writing pursuits. When you find success, I also feel accomplished. No matter how big or small, I celebrate right alongside of you. And when you’re struggling or doubting (and I say when…not if…because it will happen), I do what I can to see you through to the other side. I help support your book launches, interviews, blog tours, reviews, and any other promotional activities you can dream up. I am here through the thick and thin, and when you find it necessary to back away for some needed perspective, I’m here waiting when you return. I am a backseat passenger on your drive to publication, and I care.
And the best part is…I am not alone. The entire blogosphere, at least the parts I frequent, are made up of people just like me. I dare you to find a more encouraging group anywhere. And I’ll tell you why…because we each see ourselves in the other. I am you. You are me. This isn’t a case of who is going to claw their selves to the top, leaving behind the broken and defeated, but rather a positive group dynamic. Wherever possible, leave no writer behind!
I am vested! What about you? :)