Friday, June 29, 2012

15 DAY WRITER'S CHALLENGE | DAY 15: SERVE


I'm 3 days late in completing the final day of the Great Writers series. Life rudely interfered in the flow of my writing.  If I don't finish it now I'll probably be the only person who joined the challenge and gave up on the last day! It's akin to a marathon runner saying screw it and collapsing a few feet from the finish line. 

Day 15's challenge is to serve. 

The challenge

Ready to be generous and serve your audience? Here are a few ideas (pick one):
  1. Do a giveaway of a product or service. Find authors or organizations wanting to partner with people like you, and ask them for donations. Do this to build trust with your readers, and make sure whatever you give away clearly adds value to their lives.
  2. Conduct a survey. Find out what readers (or perfect strangers) want, what they struggle with, and create something for them. This can be a blog series or an eBook or a whatever. Just make sure there’s a need for it before you make it.
  3. Write something important and give it away. Publish an eBook to Amazon and distribute it through the KDP Select Program. Or offer it in exchange for people subscribing to your blog.
  4. Answer all correspondence. Respond to every single email, phone call, tweet, etc. until you can’t possibly keep up. This is how tribes are formed — through accessibility.
The intention behind my blog has always been to serve even though my words are sometimes misconstrued. I've received puzzled frowns, smug smirks, and caustic remarks toward my need to write in a blog. I've heard it all. A handful of negative comments is negated by an e-mail, text, or verbal confirmation from someone who was deeply affected by my words that it altered their perception on life. An e-mail from one reader shared how my blog post about my kids compelled him to express his gratitude toward his own mother. 

Sharing my experiences and conveying my challenges are my ways of serving others. I know it's impossible to be understood by everyone but that's not my goal. I aim to serve the few whose hearts resonate with my words. 

Whose hearts have you served today?