I did not plan to become a blogger. In fact, I had never read any blogs before I had my own. At first, I just wrote for the pure pleasure of writing. I was surprised by how good it felt and was shocked when people actually provided comments. At first I had ambiguous feelings about people reading my blogs; I wanted them to read them, but I was terrified that they might judge them; find the writing weak or the content banal.
I continued to blog because it felt almost necessary to write. But I was also encouraged to keep blogging by a small number of faithful readers who were quick to share their feelings about a post and generous with their praise. For the first several months, I did not spend much time reading other people’s blogs; it was more about the writing. But as time went on, I started to make time to read other people’s blogs and found it inspiring, interesting and fun. I learned that people were writing for so many different reasons and about so many different issues. I felt like a whole new world was opening to me.
But I was still shy about commenting. I was afraid that I might say the wrong thing; that my comments might by viewed as unwanted advice. But as I started to get more comments on my blogs, I realized how good it felt to have someone take the time to offer their thoughts, express their appreciation, or engage in a discussion. So, little by little, I began offering comments myself; my feelings about their posts, the occasional observation or opinion. Once again, I was surprised by the grace and goodwill of the people writing these blogs. No one seemed to misconstrue the intent behind my comments; everyone seemed genuinely pleased to receive feedback on their posts. It was refreshing and welcoming.
Over the last few months, I have found something shift within me. I am no longer commenting on people’s blogs; I am engaging in discussions, offering support, and expressing appreciation for an insight beautifully articulated or an experience bravely offered. I have become attached to the people whose blogs I follow and to those who offer comments on mine. I had one blogging friend who stopped blogging for several months and I missed her terribly; both her blogs and her comments. So, I feel like I have finally arrived; that I have gradually been drawn into the blogging community. I now blog for the pleasure of connecting with these people I have “met” through blogs. I am developing relationships with people of all ages who live in countries all around the world; what a lovely gift!!
- What I Learned About Blogging When I Quit Blogging (blogher.com)
- To Blog or Not to Blog? (journalmissionalliving.wordpress.com)
- Playing Nice in the Blogosphere (notthehardestpart.wordpress.com)
I loved your post! I believe that many of us are nodding our heads as we read your words. It’s good to write and so very wonderful when we can be in dialogue with others. Thank you for your honesty and openness. (And, I love the pictures you used!!)
Thanks Sharon….I liked the photos too… I love how all those different animals are sharing the food together amiably. Thanks for dropping by….Kim
Well said. The community of bloggers I’ve encountered since I started writing has been one of the most wonderful side affects of my hobby. I never would have guessed that I’d come to be actual friends with people through blogging, but I have. It’s a beautiful thing.
it is true….it has been a lovely surprise!!
Blogging really is like that… Winds us in and takes us on a surprising journey. Spiritual, as much as anything. So glad to have met you :)
Alarna…it is true. The feelings are mutual!! Kim
This is interesting, your venture into blogging.
Me, I’d heard of blogging years ago and from my understanding, it was people writing about their daily life. I thought ‘boring’. Yet, given I have a “book inside me” and almost died 2011, and every time I started my move I also dismissed it – no one would read this/this hurts/I can’t do this…I decided to put it out there in bits, as I write, see if it has any effect, rapport, feeling to people.
I know think blogging is terrific because having started my own, I’ve discovered so so many unique other blogs and my eyes are wide open how many individual and creative people there in the world – everyday people. I find blogging to be very uniting.
Exactly…it is wonderful adventure you can take right from your own living room….Kim
Every things moves and changes and even our blogging habits alter and change.. its good that you are now finding yourself ‘Giving’ to others, And I would say 3/4 of the time I spend on my PC in blog land is leaving comments upon other blogs rather than producing blogs of my own… Life is getting so exciting as I see Change is so many I visit :-) :-) all good Kim…
Lovely post :-)
Thanks Sue…I know that I have really appreciated the many comments you have left on my blogs; in fact, comments such as yours encouraged me to do the same for other. It is encouraging that you feel you can see these changes in so many people. Kim
I can’t agree more about the value of the blogging community, Kim. And as a fortunate recipient of many thoughtful “KP Comments,” I am very grateful :)
The same goes for me….I look forward to your comments and miss you on the weeks when you are too busy to drop by. Be well. Kim