Most of us bloggers put aside time each week to go and read other blogs that we enjoy and leave comments. It's part of the deal when you want to build a network of like-minded followers. Often before I comment I'll peruse the other comments. This week I realized something that I hadn't necessarily taken note of before. Bloggers support each other like you just don't see in any other profession or activity.
The design business is fiercely competitive and people guard their best tips with their lives. Not bloggers. We do something and then we post every single step including our trials and tribulations so that others won't have the same difficulties.
Once our projects or thoughts are posted, bloggers stop by and read and then they take the time to leave warm and encouraging comments. There's no jealousy or spitefulness. Nobody leaves comments saying things like "I'm pretty sure I can make one of those better than that lousy piece of junk" or "what on earth inspired you to do that!". Bloggers tell you how great your project looks or what an insightful thought you just had. Obviously bloggers all had mothers who stressed the importance of not saying anything if there's nothing nice to say.
I've had emails from bloggers who have read about difficulties I'm having with a project. They offer support, suggestions and sources. I also recently received a gift from a blogger that I've never met. Not a giveaway that I won but an actual gift, with handmade wrapping and a cute gift tag (thank you Beatrice). Is there any doubt at all that bloggers are the nicest people!!
Thanks to all of you who make my week with your inspiring and supportive comments. You really do make my day!