I’ve been sharing a lot about
showing appreciation, gratitude, and support. I’m going to wrap things up by
writing about writing about being a writer who shows appreciation, and it’s importance. Even though I’ve touched
upon this topic already, I believe it’s worth going into detail again.
I see freelance writers consistently
asking for help, work, and resources. I see others routinely sharing
information, job leads, and advice. Unless it’s happening behind the scenes in private
groups, chats, and messages, I don’t see a lot of this . . .
“I appreciate your support about […..].”
“Thank you for sharing [job lead, resource article, advice].”
“The answer you gave me to my question helped a lot, thank you.”
I’m not saying we need to bow
down to those who are providing us with the support, resources, and advice we
need throughout our career. I am saying
that we do need to show them some gratitude. Sharing information is part of how
we all operate—we find things we believe will benefit others in their business,
so we pass it along. We’re not doing it because we want something from anyone
However, if you find it useful, make a comment stating as such. Those who are
receiving support from other freelance writers
should consider showing their appreciation to them. If you receive advice from someone in a public setting, like
social media, for example, thank that individual publicly.
Now, I’ll backtrack a bit here
and say there are some who do an excellent job at this. When I say I don’t see
a lot of this, that doesn’t mean I don’t see it at all. There are some
freelance writers and other creative professionals who routinely call out those
who play key roles in making their
Why is this important?
We’re not working in a bubble. Yes,
we’re working alone in our offices (unless we’re working on our couch next to
our children in the living room or a coffee shop surrounded by strangers). For the
most part, this is a sedentary job where we have little face-to-face contact
with others while we’re completing tasks. What
this means is, we could be working
alongside other freelance writers and professionals in different capacities. So, in essence, we’re not working alone at
Okay, before I start sounding too
preachy (maybe I already am?), I’ll conclude this post with this question:
Do you feel you’ve been showing
appreciation to your professional peers?