"Blogging is about community, and community is about relationships." - Armchair BEA, 2011
The best perks of being a blogger are the connections I've made with writers, authors, and other bloggers. In real life, it is so easy to gravitate toward people who are most like us. This is true on the internet to some extent as well, but in the virtual world it is perhaps a little easier to find- and to risk getting to know- people from different walks of life, people from different places and backgrounds, people who read and write different genres, people who just have a different outlook. I am constantly surprised, challenged, and inspired.
Some of my most rewarding blogging experiences have been collaborative. Recently I invited some blogging/writing friends to contribute guest posts celebrating mothers in children's fiction (label: mother's day) - it was so exciting to see the range of fictional mothers chosen, the different writing styles, and the the personal experience each writer brought to her essay. Even more fun was the process behind the posts - the inviting, the enthusiasm, the planning, the publicizing. The response from readers, many of whom were new visitors to the blog, was overwhelming, and incredibly thoughtful. I've also especially enjoyed interviewing authors, such as Jennifer Sommersby and Lisa Bergren, both remarkable women and writers.
The blogging and writing community has also taught me so much. I'm constantly in awe of/humbled by/inspired by the talent, creativity, dedication out there. Every day brings new ideas, new books, new perspectives - and always a much-needed dose of humor. These few months on the blog have been a real education - in so many ways. Hmmm, all this talk about community reminds me of something....
Ack! That I'm at least a season behind, that's what! But also that there are some similarities, no?
In the world of blogging, what does community mean to you? (And if you were one of the characters on Community, which one would you be?)