Are you familiar with the Active Rain Community Guidelines? The overarching theme here is respect. Respect the industry, respect the law, respect your peers and overall, respect the ActiveRain community. One particular bullet point among the Community Guidelines really got my attention, “The point system is intended to encourage and reward genuine effort. Points for blogging will only be awarded for your own original content”.
The first part of this statement is what really matters to me; the point system is intended to encourage and reward genuine effort. I could write hundreds of blog posts about random topics just for the sake of getting points; however, I don’t. I enjoy the ActiveRain contests which encourage me to push my boundaries in regards to which types of blog posts I write; however, the primary reason I write blogs is to engage with the public. When I blog, I think what value am I bringing to the public, not how many points will this get me.
Similarly, when I read other people’s posts, I only comment if I have genuine value to contribute to the conversation. Sure I could gain a few points saying great post; however, If I truly feel the content is valuable I will take the time to identify key points that resonated with me and let the author know.
Oftentimes, I feel that a rainer is doing it for the points in the Q and A forum. If you don’t know the answer to the question and simply state “I have no idea”, what value are contributing? Do you really deserve your 15 points for “answering another member’s question”?
When you are going about your day, interacting in the Rain, I encourage you to think before posting. Will what I am posting provide value to the reader? Does this comment benefit the writer or someone else reading the post? Does my answer help the person who posed the question or spark debate among other rainers? If you can’t answer yes to one of these questions, you may be simply doing it for the points.