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Blog Exercises: Volunteer

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.I’ve spent years contributing in many ways to WordPress including on the , WordPress.com Forums, and . The other day I was cleaning out tabs in my browser and stumbled upon an open WordPress.com forum post. I wondered if the user’s question was answered. It was, but not well. I added a better answer.

Four hours later, I’m still on the forums answering questions, going back hours and hours into the past to answer the posts with no reply yet. I looked at the clock and screamed at myself. I have work, real work, paying work. I have deadlines. Commitments!

But is it so much FUN! Seriously. I love it. I could spend days and weeks doing nothing but helping these poor people out having trouble with their sites, desperate for help. It’s so rewarding. It’s also a joy to play detective, digging through the help and support files, reading through the source code of their websites, and searching the web for answers to their problems. I love it. Totally addicting.

There is a time and place for volunteering, and clearly, a balance must be kept between income producing and pro bono work, but today, it’s all about the giving.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Your blog exercise today is to identify online or physical places where you may donate your services and expertise. Add to your schedule a few hours a week or month to give back.

For me, WordPress is my world, my industry. For you, it may be crafting, coaching, consulting, talking, or building. There are volunteer and community organizations and services attached to everything.

To expand my writing skills, I joined two writing groups not long ago. One offers community events and fundraisers for other groups, and I have found myself working their book sales, setting up sound systems for special events, marketing and promoting the events, and using the skills I have plenty of to help them with their mission.

Can you swing a hammer? There are Habitat for Humanity projects and community rebuilding projects all over the world. There are also local “help a neighbor” programs with tool sharing and house maintenance assistance for the elderly you might want to get involved with.

There are programs to teach writing and blogging to prisons, senior centers, community centers, libraries, and schools. You can do that.

Don’t know what to do to give a little of your time and skills? Ask your readers. What do they recommend for you to do?

If you wish to blog about your volunteer work, share it with your readers, especially if you have been involved with such projects for a long time. Educate them about the groups you help. Help them get to know you a little better by learning about how you use your time outside of work. Invite them to join you, or help them find their own path.

Remember, you set an example on your site on how to behave in the virtual and real world. Set a good example.

The world works better when we make it a better place. Give a little, and share your giving with your readers.

Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.


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6 Comments

  1. Posted September 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    This is a great message. In high school one of my biggest joys was volunteering.

  2. Ranjit K Sharma
    Posted December 10, 2013 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    On March 2013, I created the Facebook page called Zero Tolerance to Road Rage (ZTTRR). ZTTRR is a non-profit attempt to create awareness on the increasing incidents of road rage in India and elsewhere. ZTTRR considers the Gandhian principles of non-violence as the perfect way to systematically root out this social evil. I am using WordPress to promote ZTTRR. Kindly suggest how WordPress can help me in this.

    • Posted December 14, 2013 at 12:56 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the information and good luck with your cause. WordPress cannot help you specifically with your cause. It is a publishing platform. It is up to you to create the content, just as you do on Facebook, and to build a community around it. I’ve written much on the subject if you care to look around the site. WordPress.com is no different than the blogspot site you have, it’s just more powerful, slightly easier to use, and has a wider audience reach than blogspot sites tend to do. Again, good luck with your good work and with WordPress.

  3. Posted December 14, 2013 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your informative reply. Thanks.

  4. Posted December 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much for your comment. As these are blog exercises, lessons in how to block, is essential that you walk away from the site learning good blogging tips.

    First, in WordPress you do not need to leave your address in a comment because the comment form links your site to your name.

    Second, links and requests to visit your site are considered bad manners, as is including a link to your site in the comments, considered spam behaviour.

    Contributing to the coversation and saying something brilliant makes people want to learn more about you. Begging is just bad form.

    This is not said to be mean. I hope you appreciate that we are all here to learn and grow in this blogging industry.

    Thank you.

  5. Posted December 15, 2013 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    Thank you for being so resourceful. There is no question of being mean. You have spoken your heart, and tried to make a point, which is a gift, much lacking in today’s world!

    I’ll keep your suggestions in mind.

    Unlike professional blogs, my blog deals with a wide range of topics. Therefore, I tried to be specific, and wanted to give a link to the exact site.

    Moreover, I did not actually intend my comment to be seen as begging. But I apologize if it did. I only expected two things from the readers:

    Increase likes on my Facebook page on ZTTRR, and

    Read my blog post on road rage.


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