“With great power, comes great responsibility.” – Uncle Ben (not the rice guy) to his nephew, Peter Parker aka Spiderman… It's about to get a little sappy and soppy at the Hangover Coffee Klatch.
The above quote is corny and true. Though, even when great power is not involved, it's very likely we have responsibilities to meet and uphold. This applies to me in many ways. As a business owner, I have an obligation to provide a certain level of service to my clients, I have a responsibility to handle my share of the workload so that my partner doesn't get overwhelmed. Here, on the Urban Dater, I also have a number of responsiblities; sometimes that responsibility is to entertain, sometimes it's to answer questions from people seeking advice and sometimes it's to our community.
With respect to community, I've elaborated on its importance to me in the past. If there was no community, then there would be no Urban Dater. As much as Taylor and I love to dish, we don't exactly do this for the pay or because it's cool. We do it because we feel like we're helping people through our type of assholery (new word, peeps).
The community piece is especially important to me because it has helped me to be a better blogger; community is what keeps me going, really. There are great people I've met through this Urban Dater project who have helped along the way and I'm very grateful!
It's because our little community is so great that I'm happy to give back it to it whenever I can. Taylor and I had someone reach out to us for a cross promotional content thing and for some advice on their site. We couldn't do the cross promo piece, but we could help them with their site. I took a look before bed aka 2am and sent my opinions and remarks. Having taken a recent look at their site, it seems they took some of my suggestions to heart. Good for them! It's that type of stuff that helps grow a community and its talent.
The above example should serve as a standard for how I ought to conduct myself at all times. That is, if he have the knowledge, the ability and expertise, we should be helping people, when they ask. Period. That's a pretty bold statement, but that's also the reason the Urban Dater continues to grow; it's through the support and help of our community. Especially from our friends and, of course, our readers.
This whole stupid post could be summed up with a simple demand: Help each other.
I want to thank all those who helped us along the way and continue to support us. Taylor and I appreciate and love you all, you know who you are. To our readers, we do this for you because it sure isn't for the pay. =)
If you ever have a question about blogging, love and relationships or anything in between or outside, just ask us. We're happy to help.