“I came for writing, but stayed for friendships.” (A friend of Pauline’s: The Contented Crafter)
Although simple and real, many of us can relate to that quote. Seasoned blogger know the importance of community and the effect it has had on them. Yes – selfish bloggers exist – but for many, the interaction with a global audience is one factor that keeps them going.
The original post (On the Blogging Blues – April 27, 2015) focused on breaks, but the suggestions in the comments covered a wide range of blogging topics. This is Part 3 of the series that uses reader comments around a topic – this time it’s Community.
Thanks to everyone who contributed comments that led to this collection.
Post for readers, not yourself.
Interacting with others beats counting stats.
I still struggle with the many posts that hit my reader every day – let alone replying to comments. Blogging simply takes an incredible amount of time and energy.
If quality and community are important, bloggers needs to reciprocate..
Blogging is posting, commenting, and visiting others.
The best thing about blogging is the friends you make.
The way one interacts elsewhere is an important trademark, thus causing others to want to visit.
Then again, blogging is like a collective that feeds upon one another … and I am fortunate to be in the midst of a wonderful community.
A person starts blogging because of the writing, and then they learn the power of the community.
The best blogging relationships as similar to the best in-person relationships – that is, they work both ways.
Not only reply to all comments, interact with your guests, and definitely write more than “Thanks for commenting” or “Thanks for visiting” – and then visit them. After all, don’t you want them return?
Humans are social creatures who enjoy meaningful social contact with others.
Everyone wants higher numbers, but community is more important than stats.
A blogging community is like a collective that feeds on each other – and resistance is futile.
Next Topic: Posting and Frequency
I’ve said it many times and also written it here – I truly believe in the good of the majority of humanity … and to me, bloggers have reinforced that believe. Here’s a jazz great to end this post in a fitting way.