Net.work.ing – noun
1. a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.
This word popped into my head this morning as I was thinking of a topic to blog about. Recently, many of our writing group have started up their own blogs in an effort to get themselves known in the world of books and writing, as well familiarize themselves with the electronic media and it’s impact on the publishing world. Many of them are first time bloggers and this is a new and exciting experience for them. Some of them have been blogging for years - if sporadically (that would be me).
This whole situation got me thinking about networking. In the business world, networking is the word used to describe contacts that will further your career or make you money. It’s all about who you know, not what you know, right? Well, that works in many areas.
Take our writing group. Where else would a bunch of writers applaud each other, support one another, and assist with questions and give information? There is no thought of jealousy (or if there is, no one mentions it) nor is there any sign of critism of each other’s efforts. We simply enjoy each other’s company, wish for all to succeed and cheer on everyone’s efforts.
With the blog issue, one of us asked if anyone minded her linking their blogs to her sight. Does this benefit her? Not directly, but it’s the whole networking thing. What helps you, helps me. What I do for another, comes back to me. The golden rule remains a constant, no matter where or who you are. Sometimes it takes a while, and we wonder if it will ever come around - but it does. Eventually. That’s why writers are such long suffering chaps. We have to be...editors take forever.
So find a good blog and do some light reading. We’ve all got something to say, and we all say it differently. In the end...it all gets read.
Here is a listing of some of our blogs: