Last evening I went to visit a friend of mine at the bar. She is starting to build her own blog on WordPress, and wanted to chat with me about her site and how it is organized and show me her first couple of original blog posts. I immediately became excited for her and the journey she was about to step out on.
Over the years I have helped numerous friends start their blogs, make web sites and tell their stories, however I have not done a very good job of cultivating that about myself or on my own site.
In fact, the whole reason I joined Pdexposures was to help Nate and Tony launch their site. From that launch we built up a very successful podcast with an amazing audience of fans.
The start of this, was a simple tweet to Nate, one of my co-hosts. I knew that he and Tony had recorded an episode but they were trying to figure out how to host it. I tweeted at him that I knew how to upload the audio into WordPress and how to generate the RSS feed to create the podcast and submit it to iTunes.
By helping to promote them, they asked me to participate in the show, which was a joy to work on.
Last night while sitting at the bar, reading her blog posts and helping her plan what she wanted to do, I had a moment to reflect on how much I enjoy helping others to build things. Big ridiculous things that can help improve everyones day of life.
Helping others can teach you two very important lessons.
1. It can help you to understand your own gaps in your knowledge
When I began this project with Nate and Tony, I knew the rudimentary mechanics of installing a podcast into WordPress. What I didn’t know was how to setup the site to handle multiple feeds so multiple shows could exist on the same site. Additionally, I learned more on the SEO of a podcast and how to promote it best to get a great audience.
The biggest lesson learned was, “I am bigger than I think I am.” Over the course of the show we had multiple guests. Including a representative from Impossible Project, and Lomography’s CEO. Big names in the film photography space sent their representatives to help grow our little site.
2. It can help you to see what success is
Success is a strange thing. How do you define it? What is each individuals definition for success? Is it 100 Facebook fans? 500 blog readers?
Helping others succeed shows you the steps to a great goal, and how to get there and every milestone hit, only introduces a new milestone that can help along the way.
What have you helped others build?