As anyone who has spent more than a few minutes in solitary confinement will tell you, no man is an island! Whether we like to admit it or not, we need each other. I grew up on a heavy dose of Mr. Rogers, so I know full well how important it is to have a “neighbor” you can depend on. And being neighborly is, interestingly enough, at the core of the blogging philosophy.
Bloggers aren’t usually writing for the benefit of their health (although who knows what new research may turn up in next week’s health headlines). They are writing to share their knowledge, their insights, and their feelings with others. The hope is that other people will read what they have written, and interact with it, in the form of blog comments, quotes, and forwarding that content to others who might be interested. One of a bloggers best friends is his or her blogroll, which highlights other blogs they are following, and often that are following them. And thus, a community is born.
My blogging community started with a small group of folks who were taking the online blog writing course with me. As we launched our new blogs together, we would post comments on each other’s posts, and receive the favor. There is nothing better for a burgeoning blogger’s self esteem than getting “go get ‘em” cheers from folks you hardly even know! But as time has progressed, many of us in the class have continued to follow each others content – – not because it is part of an assignment, but because we feel a connection with them. By allowing us glimpses into their lives, their heads, and their hearts, we feel a vested interest in their blogs.
Blogs can become, essentially, a 21st century version of a block party! And who doesn’t love a block party?? There may not be that intoxicating smell of charcoaled meat in the air, but otherwise the elements of society and friendship are all there – – sharing ideas and information, having animated discussions, working together on common goals, finding common interests, supporting one another, and inviting outsiders to join in.
What would your blog community look like? Who would you want at your block party? Sign up today for the free introductory blog writing course, or for the in-depth Blogging 101 course, and find out for yourself what belonging to a community of like-minded (and unlike-minded) people can feel like. Like it or not, we need each other. And, as Mr. Rogers would say…
It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Won’t you please….
Please won’t you be….
Please won’t you be, my neighbor?
Until Next Time,