Y is for Yin and Yang of the Blogosphere
The most effective, dynamic systems are those that apply complementary forces moving in seemingly diametrically opposed directions, interacting with each other to form a whole greater than its separate parts. The give and take. Yin and Yang. The blogosphere is no different -- and it’s those bloggers who figure this out that have an opportunity to really maximize their time here.
I’ve spoken many times about the importance of reading other blogs and commenting as frequently as you can. Without the outgoing show of support, the incoming feedback on your own blog cannot reach its full potential. One of the misconceptions newbie bloggers are afflicted with is the impression that they don’t have anything to offer, so they read and remain silent, inhibiting the Yin/Yang and subsequently their own growth. The blogosphere is a vibrant community and one of the things that make it special is that the information flow does not move in one direction. It’s introduced randomly (the origination is never important) and then it passes back and forth between thousands of blogs. The dispersal of knowledge (i.e. facts, tips, best practices, etc.) never follows the same path and is completely dependent on what I consider to be the tide of the blogosphere. Its ebb and flow is in your hands.
This June I will be married 30 years and one of the secrets for marital success -- I believe -- has been our smoothly flowing exchange of concerns and feelings, in both directions. The Yin and Yang. If you've been holding back from taking part in this wonderful writers playground, now's the time to dive in.
Did you know I was holding a contest during the A-Z Challenge? You can read all about it HERE.