Long ago, my friends and I came to an understanding. We wouldn't buy each other birthday or Christmas presents unless we really found something we wanted to purchase for the other person. We didn't want to do it just because we felt we had to. That has worked really well.
The same is true if someone does something nice for you or helps you out in some way. We then feel compelled to do something in return.
Reciprocation is nice, but does it need to be a requirement?
In the blogging world, it seems to be necessary to reciprocate. You follow me, I must follow you.You leave comments on my blog, I must comment on yours. You purchase my book and talk about it, I must purchase yours and do the same.
I think it all must come from a different place. A desire to want to help others, not a "should." Perhaps you follow me and I go to your blog and I don't relate at all to what you talk about there. Should I become a follower anyway? Isn't that ingenuous, because I probably won't come back to visit again.
I want to be a good blogging buddy. I have tried to purchase everyone's book with whom I have formed a connection - a continuous connection, not just a one or two time thing.
How do you all feel about reciprocation?
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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here on Monday and Tuesday. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair.
"ONLY ONE THING IS MORE FRIGHTENING THAN SPEAKING YOUR TRUTH, AND THAT IS NOT SPEAKING IT." Naomi Wolf
"We are called human beings, not human doings."
Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
"The way to do is to be."