Giving Back to Community

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Photo Credit: Dust To Ashes via Compfight cc

During the holiday seasons people tend to give back to each other more. Giving back to their communities, neighbors, friends, colleagues, and often even random strangers.

A few days before Christmas, I was in the Starbucks drive-thru when the people in front of my bought my drink for me. It was a really awesome gesture so I made sure to do the same for the car behind me. I truly hope the chain kept going because there was another 3 or 4 cars in line.

That would have been pretty cool and I often wonder about times when people PIF (pay it forward) how far the chain goes. But alas, I’ll never know.

At the same time these things also kind of  bother me.

Why does it need to be a holiday? Why can’t we just give back all year? I know not everyone can give back monetarily all year long and maybe the holidays are just a nudge in the direction to do so. You know, kind of “out of sight out of mind.”

I get that and I’m no different. I genuinely want to make an effort to give back more this year… all year.

Not just to my friends and family, although they are priority I also want to give more to my community and “colleagues.” While we may not work directly together, or ever, there are plenty of people I consider colleagues in that they do the same work I do, in the same industry, and often attend the same events.

The other day, James Dalman, a designer who runs Freelancing Success wrote a post “What I think About The WordPress Community” and mentioned my name in it.

I didn’t see that coming at all. Honestly, I don’t consider myself much of anyone anyway. We have “superstars” in the community and I’m not one of them, which I’m totally fine with. I’m just a freelance developer doing my thing and generally minding my own business.

I’m not 100% sure how I plan to give back yet, but perhaps highlighting people I think are doing great things is a start. I think we put far too much emphasis on the “popular” and “rockstar” when there are lots of people in this community doing awesome things end up unintentionally swept under the rug.

Oh and be sure to follow James on twitter… I think we’ll be seeing some amazing work in the future.

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Comments

  1. James Dalman says

    Hey bro, thanks for the mention!

    The reason I wanted to include you is because you are important and I like that you just do you the work. There are already enough people talking about how important they are, rather than letting their own work speak for itself.

    People definitely place too much emphasis on the “rockstars” and that sucks. I think anyone who has the balls to step out and give it a run at their own business IS a rockstar. I personally prefer to be and hang out with the real people. :)

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Sarah says

    I feel the exact same way and I don’t even know if i added the HTML correctly but whatever dude… :) I LOVE this blog post!

    “I didn’t see that coming at all. Honestly, I don’t consider myself much of anyone anyway. We have “superstars” in the community and I’m not one of them, which I’m totally fine with. I’m just a freelance developer doing my thing and generally minding my own business.

    I’m not 100% sure how I plan to give back yet, but perhaps highlighting people I think are doing great things is a start. I think we put far too much emphasis on the “popular” and “rockstar” when there are lots of people in this community doing awesome things end up unintentionally swept under the rug.”

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