A Writer’s Responsibility To Community

4 Feb

003And a very Happy Tuesday to you all. I hope you all had as good a weekend as I had….my favorite football team is now World Champion!  My goodness, it certainly has been a boost for the community here in the Pacific Northwest.  People cheering with each other, high-fives with complete strangers, smiles on the faces of those you pass, team jerseys and colors everywhere…..and that is what I want to talk about today….community.

But first a quote…..


We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.
Cesar Chavez


I have pounded this point before and I will continue to pound it.  I do not do this for me….I have had more than enough support in the last three years. Other writers have written articles about me, shared my work and bent over backwards to sing my praises…and I am eternally grateful for it.  My platform is strong and I am finding a modicum of success with more to come.

No, I am discussing this again because there are writers out there who need support and need a kind word.  If anyone should understand that it should be other writers.  We need to support each other.  Every one of you who is reading this has a blog….you all write articles….I am calling on you to support some other writer who may need a shoulder to lean on.  One kind word from you might be all the encouragement that writer needs to carry on.  Please give it some thought and give back to this writing community.


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Yes I love prompts and from your feedback I know you do as well…so here is a picture that hopefully will jog something loose in your brains and make it to the paper.


I would like to introduce you to my friend Victoria.  When she isn’t doing recipes she can churn out a very good article.  One such article can be found here.  Please give her your support.


Thank you for the visit and support.  I hope your writing flows smoothly today and always.  I will see you back here on Thursday with more odds and ends about writing.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

18 Responses to “A Writer’s Responsibility To Community”

  1. Janine Huldie February 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    You know you are preaching to choir on sharing and being there for my fellow writers, especially you always! Thanks Bill once again for just being you and have a great Tuesday now! 🙂

    • Billybucb February 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

      Yep, Janine, disregard this message. 🙂 But thank you for showing up day in and day out.

  2. 1authorcygnetbrown February 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Hi Bill! Thanks for introducing me to Victoria’s content! Our words do matter!

  3. Shauna L Bowling February 4, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Bill, writers supporting writers is what it’s all about. I love it when I read that someone ‘didn’t see that coming’ in a story I’ve posted. One thing I would like to point out is we need constructive criticism as well. Being nice all the time just isn’t real. Sometimes we make mistakes, our delivery is flat or predictable, typos abound, etc. At those times I would expect my readers – especially readers who are writers – to contact me privately and point out any areas in which I need to improve.

    That being said, when I receive genuine praise, it lights my fire and keeps me going!

    • Billybucb February 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

      True words, Sha, and I especially like the part about contacting us in private…I do not believe in public constructive criticism…I think that is embarrassing and uncalled for. Thanks for your thoughts, Sha. Hugs coming your way.

      • Shauna L Bowling February 4, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

        I agree. Those who chastise in public should think twice. Even pointing out typos in the comment section is uncalled for. Shoot me an email instead and thanks for pointing out the error. We’d hate to have our posts floating the www with a bunch of boo-boos in them!

  4. Christy Birmingham February 4, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    It really is about supporting other writers – here, here! I agree, Bill. I’m also happy to hear you have a strong foundation built. You deserve it! Oh and… YES, awesome about the Seahawks win!!!

    • Billybucb February 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

      Thank you Christy. I love this writing community and I just want to see everyone help each other….this is not an easy profession we have chosen and we need all the support we can get.

  5. ruchira February 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    i agree happiness can really unite people and even strangers talking to each other.
    Sorrow also has its own plus points but then the air becomes a little cautious.

    I will check out the writer, victoria you have mentioned.

    have a good tuesday, bill

    • Billybucb February 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

      Thank you Ruchira! I appreciate you taking the time to check out Victoria.

  6. Cloud Tops February 6, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Hey Bill I prepared a Bubblews article for ya for old times sake, it will be my original long winded response. This shall help many more folks from both Hubpages and that awesome community to smell the digital rose here in terms of showing care, and sharing effectively online for our fellow writers.

    Thanks for posting this bro, its so important for us to play fair with each other, and to continue to support one another especially for those folks who indeed go the extra mile 🙂

    • Billybuc February 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

      Thank you Mike. I’ll get over to the Bubble and check it out.

  7. Cloud Tops February 6, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Hey Bill, I feel what you’re stepping in bro, and so I am preparing to share my original respond which as you know is long winded like mine usually are. I share for my fellow authors here in such way so they will truly know I cared for their content. I am a man of true integrity, and would rather not share at all if I didn’t care for a persons offering, so I filter through what I like, and share that way.

    I won’t share something I don’t like, some folks out here are super fake though, and aren’t being true to themselves or others and will share anything to appear as a genuine person when all they’ve been doing is spamming. It surely takes caring for the content you wish to share for others, not just some drive by comments, and rapid fire abusive FB likes. Some folks have no idea about the balance and about leaving insightful comments of high value towards the author who indeed had written such. Some are here for self, while others are here for making friends, and professional contacts. We must decide who we are going to be online, I chose to become a community organizer and world leader online, but I still continue to share smartly, in a sincere manner, and responsibly. I will pray for those who have yet to discover such truth bro.

    • Billybuc February 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

      I love it Mike and I agree with you….seriously, if I can’t give back to the online community then I have no business being on it.

  8. Melanie Chisnall February 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder Bill. I used to be so good at doing this and then… well, you know how things go 😦 I’m going to make the effort to support/share at least one writer’s work each day. That’s not asking too much. Hope you’re having a great day over there in the cold. I’m counting down the days to Autumn 🙂

    • Billybuc February 6, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

      Mel, thank you. I think you are very supportive…as for the cold….yes indeed, a bit nippy this morning.

  9. dee dianna February 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    I appreciate the support of the community of writers that surround me today. Sometimes you just need someone to bounce an idea off of or to have them listen to your concerns.

    • Billybuc February 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

      Very true Dianna, and who better for a writer than another writer. 🙂 Thank you always.

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