Humility, Blogging and My Philosophy

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Do you have humility as a blogger?

Wikipedia’s definition of: “humility (adjectival form: humble) is the quality of being modest and respectful. Humility, in various interpretations, is widely seen as a virtue in many religious and philosophical traditions, being connected with notions of egolessness.”

While everyone probably has certain criteria or expectations when it comes to blogging, I believe every blogger should exercise a little humility.  Wondering how I see a blogger showing their humility?

1.) They realize that everyone has a busy life, and while there are hundreds of thousands of blogs for people to visit,  they are fortunate that their blog was found and read by these busy people.

2.) They pay a return visit (even if just occasionally) to the blogs of other bloggers that have taken the time to drop by theirs.

3.) When visiting other blogs they take a minute from time to time to let the author’s know that they’ve dropped by; either by leaving a nice comment, hitting the like button, or sharing that post with others.

4.) They frequently reply to comments left on their own posts to graciously acknowledge them.

5.) They reciprocate and follow those who follow them on social media venues like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

6.) They answer emails from readers.

7.) They remain humble by never forgetting where they came from.

From time to time it’s understandable that a reader get’s missed in the busyness of it all, but that’s really no excuse.  Blogging isn’t all about taking, it’s also about giving.

I’d like to think I have displayed humility in blogging. Unfortunately, I have to admit I’ve seen the lack of it during the last two years since I created The Joy of Caking.  And while I’ve seen the lack of it, I’ve also seen an abundance of it.  I suspect most bloggers can easily answer the question I posed at the beginning of this post.

So, in case you don’t know it, I truly appreciate everyone that stops by to read my blog, comment, like, or follow me in some way.   Thank you!





Homemade granola; not today, maybe tomorrow

When I woke up today and thought about writing the post I had planned, I agonized. My brain is tired.  And what seemed like a great post on Friday seemed like such an insignificant post today.  It’s amazing how something can happen and change your  perspective.

And then Saturday came…  My husband and I are members of a local search and rescue team that responds to incidents of lost and missing persons in our area.   On Saturday, we received a call  that our team had been activated for a search.  We quickly gathered our gear and immediately headed to the reported location.

Many times when our team is activated the search is often called off before we even reach the scene.  This is always a good thing.  It means the person has been located and there is no further need for our assistance.  But as we drove closer and closer to this scene that anticipated call never came.

Instead, we arrived to find an elderly woman suffering from dementia was missing from her home. It was suspected that she had wandered off on her own while her husband had made a trip to the local grocery store.

Hundreds of community members, volunteer fire departments, search and rescue teams across New York State, along with members from a search team in New Jersey showed up to help.  Some people handed out fliers, many searched the large area by ground, and the Civil Air Patrol took to the skies once weather permitted.  Local residents, businesses, and fire department auxiliaries provided the volunteers with unlimited food and drink.  It is truly amazing how people will unite in a time of crisis. 

Long hours of volunteering, lack of sleep, and an unfavorable outcome has made me re-think my intended post today.  Homemade granola; not today, maybe tomorrow.

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