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Today is Blogger Appreciation Day [UNOFFICIAL]

It’s Monday morning here in Australia and even Problogger’s suffer from ‘Mondayitis’ and find it hard to get themselves going. However today has been a little different – for some reason today there’s a little extra inspiration in my inbox.

You see today I had three completely unsolicited ‘thank you’ emails from readers.

I’m lucky enough to get these sorts of emails from time to time and can’t express how much energy that I find they give me.

I’m declaring today Blogger Appreciation Day [UNOFFICIAL]!

I’ve been chatting with a few bloggers of late who’ve been feeling a little down in the dumps about their blogging – so perhaps everyone could do with a little lift.

Lets spend today doing a few random acts of kindness and encouragement for our fellow bloggers.

I’m not writing this in the hope of getting more emails myself (I’ve got my share for today already) – but instead want to encourage you to take a moment to email another blogger and to thank them for something that you’ve appreciated about what they’ve done lately. In a sense it’s a ‘Pay it Forward’ exercise.

Some might see it as a marketing or networking exercise (and it might actually pay off) – but I just think it’s good kharma and part of being a blogger.

We’re in it together, blogging is about collaboration and together going further than we can by ourselves – so why not help another blogger today by shooting them a word of encouragement, a pep talk, a congratulations, an idea to help them improve or some other positive constructive message. Better still, do it publicly on your blog and tell the world about another blogger who you appreciate.

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Comments

  1. Tsufit says:

    Darren,
    B.A.D. is good…
    Tsufit
    (What, you’re looking for profound on a Monday morning?)

  2. zoot says:

    I decided I’d show my appreciation by leaving comments at every blog I read. So, of course, here’s my appreciation for ProBlogger. I read every day (even though I’m only a “regular” blogger, not a “pro” one) but I don’t think I’ve ever commented.

  3. Mark Avey says:

    Excellent idea, Darren :)

    You can find my public appreciation at http://www.psionmark.com/blogging/blogger-appreciation-day/

  4. Denise says:

    This is an excellent idea! In fact I just wrote about the idea of “paying forward” the blessings that are given to us which is similar to what your are saying but only pertaining to blogging. I am glad this idea has hit the blogging world. It’s a great idea! Check out my post at:

    http://blessingsfromabove2.blogspot.com/2008/04/bless-it-forward.html

    Have a wonderful day!
    Denise

  5. david cheong says:

    Nice idea of show appreciation. finally we all blogger have a day of our own, the blogger appreciation day :) .

  6. Wonderful idea – read my Blogger Appreciation Day post here http://nantucket-art.com/2008/04/14/blogger-appreciation-day/

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  7. Blogmastr says:

    I’ve got 20 minutes left to participate (here in AUS atleast) so I’m gonna start by saying thanks to you and everyone else who has contributed to Problogger! Thanks!

  8. rjleaman says:

    What a lovely idea to start out the week! Yes, there are marketing benefits to “paying it forward” but that’s certainly not the main point of acknowledging other bloggers who are especially influential in your life (nod to Chris Garrett). It doesn’t take very long, working online each day, to learn that you do indeed reap what you sow and that ‘karma’ – good or bad – is a very real and powerful thing. It’s just a shame that we can’t be mindful of this every day, instead of needing an (unofficial) Blogger Appreciation Day to kick into gear!

  9. Diane Chen says:

    I posted my acknowledgement of the day on School Library Journal’s blog “Practically Paradise.” Thanks for the medicine for Mondayitis.

    http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/830000283/post/900024890.html

  10. I want to thank Darren for your inspiration and all bloggers for following their passion, for writing with purpose, for realizing their potential to make a positive difference in the world.

    Blogging is about self-expression, about living your dreams fully, about being who you are, about exploring and expressing your own uniqueness. That spreads light into the world.

    Joseph

    http://www.ExploreLifeBlog.com
    http://www.Peace-Together.com

  11. Seat42f says:

    GREAT Idea!!!!!!!!! and yes I have a case of the Mondays… Perfect timing on your post/idea

    http://www.seat42f.com

  12. Hey Darren,

    Long time reader (about 2 months), first time commentor. I’ve been blogging for about three years, mostly as a way to process my own thoughts and share the journey. I just launched my third serious blog and it’s taking off with more gusto than any of my others. I give you some of the credit because of some of the things I’ve learned here.

    Good on ya mate!
    Bill
    http://www.alookbeyond.com

  13. Subash says:

    Oh really, this is quite nice since I’ve started blogging quite recently. And it’s really nice to take this day as a “Bloggers Appreciation Day.”

    Let’s hope blogging lives on.

  14. Wonderful Idea. Thanks for all of your support. I am spreading the word!

    http://www.platenuts.com

  15. Shane says:

    This is an amazing idea Darren! On my blog I have posted about it and shall be making it an annual event!

    Thank you Darren for making for a good and useful blog!

  16. Lynette says:

    Great idea – and no better blogger to start it off than you!!!

  17. I love the call to pay it forward. This inspired me to write a post publicly doing just that. Thanks for the “call to arms”.

  18. What a great idea, Darren! I hope this becomes Official next year ;)

    There are so many bloggers that have helped me tremendously, but I am especially thankful for

    - Shane of Shane and Peter Inc.
    - Naomi of Itty Biz
    - Wendy of eMoms at Home
    - Jon of Freelance Folder

    I posted my own experiences with these amazing bloggers on my blog: http://www.idesignstudios.com/blog/2008/04/14/blogger-appreciation-day-unofficial/

    Thanks to all of you! :)

  19. Kaushik says:

    Many many thanks to Darren for this great idea of unofficial appreciation to the fellow bloggers.Its great feelings for an unknown online fellow. Long live bloggers!

  20. Mike Lierman says:

    Just like to say a thanks to all of the bloggers out there who work so hard, sometimes it doesn’t even pay off for some bloggers.

    I am showing my appreciation by quoting this article and my thoughts along with a link on my homepage: http://www.techdata.phinxfx.com/today-is-blogger-appreciation-day

    Thanks to all of the bloggers out there!!
    -Mike Lierman

  21. Great Darren!

    Bloggers rock! It’s because of our 17,000+ bloggers in our network that has made Chitika one of the leading ad networks in the new web. So a big thank you to ALL bloggers!

    Karla, Chitika, Inc.

  22. Darren, one of the first things I read today was your comment on Twitter with a link to this post.

    As I read this my Mondayitis evaporated and I have smiled to myself all day as I put a post on my blog to help spread the word, then visited all my favourite bloggers to tell them they are appreciated.

    So, last but most definitely not least, to end the day as I began it, I have returned here to say thank you! Not only for inspiring such a feelgood start to the week, but in general for all your great advice and useful tips, so generously shared with us.

    It will no longer be Blogger Appreciation Day where you are (assuming you are in Melbourne?) and it’s almost over here, but am letting you know … you are very much appreciated!

    :o)

  23. TonNet says:

    I always admire original ideas and this of course is the best of all Mondays. Thank you!

  24. Ava V says:

    i’m glad i saw this, i’ve been feeling uninspired lately.

  25. Darren,

    What a wonderful idea!

    Thanks for all you do for bloggers everywhere!

    Happy Blogger Appreciation Day!
    Jeanne

  26. Barry Johnstone says:

    Every single day is Blogger Appreciation Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. sdenterprise says:

    nice one!

    I am a bit late, but problogger is the first site I go on every day before looking looking at all of my eco email and RSS feeds for the day!

    It can be hard just woking away in this wee office in my pants! with little to remind me of why I spend those wee hours blogging away!

    Then blogger appreciation comes along and reminds me that there are loads of you out there in your Internet Pants or Blogging Boxer Shorts!

    http://forbloggerssake.blogspot.com/2008/04/monday-14th-april-2008-pat-on-back-or.html

    Happy Blogger Appreciation Day (yestarday lol)!

  28. Terry Finley says:

    I appreciate the world of blogs
    and the opportunity it affords.

  29. mysapce says:

    Blogger appreciation day is wonderful, especially after all the hard work you put into it.

  30. Sikis says:

    Darren, one of the first things I read today was your comment on Twitter with a link to this post.

  31. Why is it unofficial? if you have a reference that official.