#socialbloggers 11 – networking with other bloggers
Hello, internet friends!
I hereby present to you, the oh so mighty eleventh weekly #socialbloggers chat. Where we talk about all things to do with blogs and those of us that have involvement in them.
Saturday’s topic was around the friendships and relationships you make through blogging.
I’m sure most of you would agree, that when you started your blog, you hoped to attracted some loyal readers who would come back and read about your life again and again. Something you probably would not have expected, is to meet somebody that you would talk to regularly outside of your blog. Somebody you would get to know, understand, listen to and connect with. And how easy is it to tell somebody who lives far from you, has no connections to your friends or family, those little things that you would not want to be public knowledge? It’s easy. And scary. And liberating. And brilliant. And scary.
I like to think of it like this: You live in a town. You grow up in your town. You go to the school down the road and make friends. You connect with some people better than others and they become friends. You go to high school and outgrow some friends, keep some and make a whole new bunch. This happens throughout college, university, your work life etc.
Now, imagine if you were not confined to just those people in your town, school, or university. Imagine you had a way connect to people on a bigger scale. In their hundreds or even thousands. People who share the same interests and views of you. But you never would have had the chance to talk to them before as you would probably never have even known they existed.
This is what makes the internet so magical. If you can make a life long friend that matches and compliments you so well just in your town, imagine how many other people there are in the whole world who would just click with you if they had the chance to meet you.
Now you have that chance. Through blogging, through twitter, through hashtags. We are able to connect with people who love the same things we do, we can read about them, follow them and reach out to them.
This is what blogging is about.
This is what the internet is about.
So let’s explore another one of the wonderful positive aspects of blogging: Friendship.
Q1: Have you made any friendships that go deeper than just followers?