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Apr
24

My Favorite Blogging Perk – Synergy

By Char

496315 beach physicsHindsight is 20-20 and if I even had an inkling of the power that blogging held for a work from home, freelance designer like myself, I would have jumped in much sooner! Since beginning my blogging journey almost one year ago, I have grown as a designer, a writer, a business woman and a person in ways I never could have imagined.

Apart from the daily professional development and being exposed to the trends in my field, blogging has given me the opportunity to synergize with super talented professionals that I would have never met otherwise!

Synergy or synergism (from the Greek synergos, meaning working together, circa 1660) refers to the phenomenon in which two or more discrete influences or agents acting together create an effect greater than that predicted by knowing only the separate effects of the individual agents. (wiki)

I have experienced the satisfaction of helping others and I have certainly been on the receiving end of a lot of great help!

In her guest post at Alister Cameron’s blog today, Randa Clay writes about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers. All of her points are valid and certainly worth the read, but her item #5 – synergize – is the one thing that I think every blogger needs to do, as it delivers the most pay off. As an example, Randa talks about our niche blogs and how we have generously given each other insight, feedback, how to’s and support – to the benefit of both of us. The end result is something much greater than we could achieve on our own.

byob2At the MomGadget forum, members regularly share their tips, ideas, and support for the benefit of all members. The community is thriving and as a result, we are all better for it – the synergy at play even sparked a new blogging network where bloggers bring their own blog. After all – what fun is success if you don’t have anyone to share it with. And those who have walked a similar path to yours understand the meaning of that success much more!

Most recently, I experienced blogging synergy first hand when I decided to make over this blog – right before your very eyes! Many designers would have considered it unprofessional – not me! I knew that some of my readers would love to see the transformation happen and could learn from it. Me, I got some genius ideas out of it – things I might have missed out on if I were designing in a vacuum. (Thanks Kevin and everyone else who gave me input – you rock!)

What is your favorite blogging perk? Join the conversation and we will all benefit!

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5 Comments

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Thanks for the mention Char. I’m with you- I had no idea how much I would gain professionally when I started blogging seriously at the beginning of this year, and I definitely would have begun sooner if I had known!

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Thanks for the comments Char! I’m with you all the way. I never dreamed in a million years I’d encounter the people I have or the success I’ve witnessed — and all because of blogging.

I truly feel like I’ve been blessed with some of the best life has to offer — all the way around.

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Randa & Gayla – getting to know both of you through blogging has been a HUGE bonus for me! Thanks for your continued support and inspiration.

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I have only been blogging a couple of month but am amazed at the things you can learn and people you can “talk” to that you just would never have had contact with otherwise.

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