We've been members of this community since August 30, 2006. Now we promptly went AWOL after joining and didn't come back for 3 years.
After that, it took a bit to fully buy in, but once we did a commitment was made.
Why did it take so long?
There's a host of the usual reasons/excuses. Too busy (and this was before Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social media outlet was sucking up our time). Knew we should blog, but just didn't make the time. We had other irons in the fire. You know the drill!
But ultimately what got us to engage? The helpfulness of this community.
Here's my perceived reality. I can take plenty of online C.E. classes and learn very little. Often just a necessary digital hurdle to keep my licenses active. Don't mistake that for thinking I don't find value in continuous learning because I do. And that's where this community comes in.
Here's where I find the resources that actually help me in a day to day practical way.
There are many very smart people in this community tuned in to the latest shiny gizmos & techniques and they're willing to share what they know.
From there, I can assess what makes sense for me and what doesn't make sense.
And if I don't understand something, it's just a matter of asking. I have NEVER in my entire time here not had someone willing to help when asked. From the simple things like how to add a link in a post all the way to the complexities of setting up our WordPress site, there's always been someone here to lend a hand when I asked.
Frankly, there are many here that operate as an unpaid ActiveRain support desk. It's not an Ambassador thing, but a Rainer thing. People that understand the Pay It Forward mentality of this community get the importance of helping each other out.
We have quite a few resources here, and a lot of posts written that can be retrieved with a few clicks. Step by step tutorials, advice on what to write, SEO advice, etc. and etc. and etc.
Need help? Just ask! We're here every day :)
Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!
Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz