MINOT, N.D. — When I first started writing on the internet, the topic wasn't politics but snowmobiles.

I got my start writing about politics in my early twenties when I started a blog that would go on to be the foundation of my career, but long before that the internet and its possibilities for sharing and communication intrigued me.

When I was a teenager, and because I was an inveterate nerd, I spent my free time building websites (my favorite platform was Yahoo's now-defunct GeoCities).

Being a kid, I didn't have a lot to say (that came later) so I made one about snowmobiles. My favorite models, etc..

It even got some media attention. Keith Darnay, then working for the Minot Daily News, wrote about it in his Internet Explorer's Club column.

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Writing about interesting websites in the newspaper, like printing everyone's name and home address and phone number in a book and distributing it to every house in town, is just something weird we did back in the 1990s. There was no Facebook or Twitter available for me to share Darnay's mention of my website. Instead, I cut the column out so I could show my grandma.

I was thinking about Rob's Polaris Homepage again after stumbling across a grant program from the Vela Education Fund. It will provide funding, from $2,500 up to $10,000, to individuals who are willing to share their passion and their talent with others.

Are you good at woodworking? Know a thing or two about small engine repair? Want to help kids learn the basics of household finances? A grant like this could help you start a YouTube channel. Or a podcast. Or a website. Or an in-person class.

Full disclosure: I have no affiliation with the Vela Education Fund. Those folks didn't ask me to tout their grant program. I'm just intrigued by what they're trying to do.

It's something we need more of.

The internet has become a place we go to fight about politics or complain about how the local sandwich shop forgot the pickles. It will probably never stop being that, but what if we all made an effort to make it something more?

We all have something we're good at. Something we know and love and could share with others to help brighten the world a bit.

We should do more of it.

Maybe a grant could help get you started, or maybe you could do it on your own. Either way, I think we could all enjoy hearing a bit less from one another about what makes us angry and a bit more about what makes us special.

We all have something we can share.

We all live in a time when sharing it is easier than ever.

What's stopping you?

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Rob Port, founder of SayAnythingBlog.com, is a Forum Communications commentator. Reach him on Twitter at @robport or via email at rport@forumcomm.com.