The Man Behind the Curtain: How the Wednesday “Hate” Series Came to Be

randomlychad  —  July 7, 2011 — 3 Comments

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If you’ve seen the Wizard of Oz, you’ll recall the scene when Dorothy and her friends make petitions to “Oz, the Great and Terrible,” only to discover–with Toto’s help–that Oz is nothing but an old man behind a curtain.

I make no claim to being a wizard of any sort, but I am old(ish). While I realize that this post may only be of interest to my fellow-bloggers, it’s a risk I’m willing to take. There is perhaps some application beyond the blogosphere.

If you read my Blogger blog (by the way: thanks for following me here to my new home), you know that several weeks ago I started a new series about “hate.” (It replaced a series I’d been doing on the intersections of life and art). I wish I could say that I planned it that way–but I didn’t.

The series was originally intended as a one-off as an homage to my blogging mentor, Bryan Allain. That was really all I envisioned.

The real magic happened in the comments to that post. Ben Emerson*, a fellow-BlogRocketeer**, pointed out that my post had great potential for highlighting Bryan’s great content. I wish I had thought of that!

Thanks, Ben, for being my muse!

So I did just as he suggested: I edited the post to include links to Bryan’s blog. The rest, as they say, is history.

From Bryan, I moved on to Jeff Goins, Tamara Lunardo, Jamie, the Very Worst Missionary, and yesterday I featured Matt “the Seekingpastor” Cannon.

And all from an innocuous comment! Who’d a thunk it?

Going into it, I had no expectations, but if I’ve learned anything, it’s that it is indeed more blessed to give than receive. By highlighting these awesome bloggers, I’ve actually gained new readers. By giving, I got–so much more than I could’ve imagined! (I didn’t set out to “get”–sure, I hoped–I set out to write the best posts I could highlighting my blogging friends).

If there’s a lesson in this, it’s that you never know when your generosity will pay off–just trust that it will.

Whatever platform God has given you, by all means share it.

And look for more “hate” coming your way each and every Wednesday. 😉

Where have you reaped the rewards of sharing your influence? Please share in the comments.

*Ben is blogging his way through the entire Bible; checkout his site at The Whole Dang Thing.

**If you’re a blogger, and you’re not aboard the BlogRocket, what are you waiting for?




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