Just this morning I had an amazing conversation on Twitter with fellow Project Purse Club members Emma (@TheRealSupermum) and Shara (@MommyPerks) about women and support. And then it evolved into how it's so hard, especially in the female blogging community, to find support because (in general) people hoard jobs and information and then make it extremely competitive ... when it really doesn't need to be.
For all of you "hoarders" out there, I'm going to let you in on a valuable piece of information:
When you're sharing information, you become known as the "go-to" person. When that happens, people will refer you in conversations. Think about it, you've probably seen someone talk about something in a blogging group or on Facebook. The next time someone asks for that topic you say, "Oh yeah, I think Sarah knows about that. You should contact her."
I regularly work with sponsors who ask for more bloggers. When this happens, which bloggers do you think I go to? (Hint: It's not the ones that never share with others.) So, if you're one of those paranoid bloggers or businesswomen who always feel like others are out to get you, you're missing out collaborative business/blogging efforts. Trust me on this one.
Sometimes schedules are so full (between work, personal, hobbies, etc.) that you just can't take on another job (as painful as it is to your wallet). When my clients need something ASAP but I'm at a point that I just can't squeeze another thing into my schedule, I go to my "overflow" list. These are trusted bloggers and businesswomen who share with me, practice reciprocal referrals (you refer me, I refer you), and have quality work. If you're not sharing with others, you are missing out on getting on their "overflow" list.
So, stop feeling like everyone is out to get you and steal your glory. Go ahead, take a baby step and share today. You just may be surprised what doors open for you.