For most writers, the whole process can be pretty isolating. Physically, mentally and geographically. So keeping in contact with like minded people is essential. Networking, sharing the good, bad and ugly moments of your writing life, receiving and giving support and encouragement to others, learning about writing related topics - all this is a valuable part of your growth as a writer.
Being a part of a writing e-list is a great way to do this. Over the last couple of weeks there's been a huge amount of traffic on a couple of the loops I regularly participate in - the ROMAUS, RWNZ and BI50D loops, as well as their pages on Facebook. Most of it has been good news - sales, releases, reviews, The Calls, contests finalists, contest placings, requests, new agents etc.
After reading hundreds of messages, the one quality that stands out is that positive attitudes reinforce the success of the group as a whole. And it's not just a one-off occurrence. It continues to be a perpetuating cycle of encouragement and support, bolstering everyone all of the time.
Reminds me of the old adage - "success breeds success".
Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?