You have a next door neighbor who you have never met. She leaves for work before you and you reach home after she gets home. You don’t know her name and you haven’t even seen her. One day, she is late and you get to see her locking her door, the same time you step out. You both smile at each other. Quick pleasantries and there you go. Now you know her. Every now and then, you get to see her in your local store and one day in the business park. Who spoke first is not of importance. What’s to note is that now you both are not strangers and you can knock her door at the middle of night if you need something. She has also got the same comfort.
Writing is an art and when bloggers write, they put one word after the other and connect the dots. What starts off an idea or a thought, takes the shape of blog post. It’s a story and words are woven together so that they all make sense in unison. And then as you hit publish – the post is out there in the online world.
Community The Heart Of Blogging
Then you stop, smile and meet another blogger. You meet not one but many bloggers who you had not known earlier but you like their work. They reciprocate and stop by your blog. Not because they have to but because they like your work.
That’s how a friendship shapes up between people who know each other only in the online world. People who live across geographies and time zones. It’s a community out there. While some are regular readers, some are visitors and some lurkers.
Exactly how it would be in any community.
Imagine how lonely it would be if there were no discussions and exchange of ideas on a blog post. The community provides you that safe space.
You are stuck with your blog design and you are forced to seek professional help. Another blogger convinces you to read up things online and try it out. You succeed. That’s how you build a skill.
You are unsure of your writing and writer’s block is shadowing you. The community comes to help. You participate in a blogging challenge and the mojo is back. It’s team-effort that sees you through.
Community is an important aspect of blogging and between bloggers who know each other through the written word, nurturing relationships is very important. It all comes back to you in the end.
The comments, the shares, the conversations are superficial. But if I stop blogging today, will there be people who will ask my well-being and encourage me to come back? If yes, I can proudly say, I have made some friends in the community.
If blogging is the body, community is the heart that beats in it.
Day 1 of the Write Tribe Festival of Words #5. Remember, we’re keeping it simple:
- Read and comment on the Write Tribe post of the day.
- Add your link.
- Visit as many links as you can (all would be nice) and make meaningful comments on the posts.
- Share the posts of other participants on social media.