Weltenschauung Principle #1
If you've been hanging around ActiveRain this past month, chances are you've seen this crazy 'W' word floating around. Usually once a year, we're invited to review, reflect, and write about the Weltenschauung of ActiveRain, or the guiding principles that make the AR community such a unique and beneficial place to us all.
For me, the heart and soul of ActiveRain lies within the community, and the foundation of that community is our business. For that reason, it's principle #1 that resonates most strongly with me.
1. We understand that the value of the ActiveRain community rests entirely with its members. We admire the spirit of real estate professionals and believe our goal is to fully engage their talents and knowledge for the benefit of all members of the real estate community.
I love this principle because it talks right off the bat about the value of the community. It also places a responsibility for that value on the membership. It's not just an option, but a responsibility of being in the rain to help provide value. When we all work to do that as individuals, it creates a synergy for the entire site and community.
Fact is, when you write something that adds value to ActiveRain, it adds value to me as a member. It makes everything I write with that 'activerain.com' url rank better in the search engines, and makes my phone ring. With every piece I write that adds value, it does the same for you. Together, we create value, resources, and help to make each others phones ring and businesses grow.
Though some may disagree, I think this principle also speaks to the danger of posting too much irrelevant material, point-grabbing, and robo-posting. All of the above don't apporach that goal of "engaging talents & knowledge" to benefit the community. Whereas posting to add value, education, & consumer or industry knowledge helps us all, plagiarism, robo-posting, or writing full of mistakes, misinformation, or things completely irrelevant to real estate, our businesses, or ourselves harms the community.
Principle #1 speaks to something all of us should remember - that this site is a big piece of the real estate community, and everything we write here is either adding to, or taking away from that same community.
A lot of people wonder "how do I get started with blogging" or "what should I write about" - keeping principle #1 in mind is a great place to start. If your writing is engaging your talents & knowledge to benefit the ActiveRain community, the rest will fall into place all on it's own.