Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Blogosphere

Yes, it is a thing. Blogosphere, as a word, was coined in 1999. Wikepedia states: "The blogosphere is made up of all blogs and their interconnections. The term implies that blogs exist together as a connected community."

This community is becoming increasingly more important to me. I began National Blogging Post Month (NaBloPoMo)this month, dedicating myself to the idea of blogging everyday for the month of November.

Initially I did this to increase readership on my blog, and to stretch myself by writing daily, but by the 3rd of November it had become so much more.

There are hundreds of bloggers who have registered on Blogher and we are all encouraged to share our daily posts. There are already well over a thousand posts to read.

I am fascinated by how quickly I have found numerous bloggers that I resonate with and want to keep following. It seems as if like finds like. Often the blogs I find are written by women who are mothers, who battle depression, who have poetic souls, who find humour in daily happenings. Often they are women of faith.

In other words, I find my community.

The news over the past two weeks has been horrific and yet as I read the daily blogs I am inspired and hopeful. The blogs are about people striving, trying to figure it out, putting themselves and their stories out there.
And after reading a few dozen I feel calmer, more hopeful, more understood.

I know there are nay-sayers out there that dis the blogging movement, but I think it is brilliant. We can't all be journalists with our own editorial columns, or authors of great fiction, but we can all tell our stories, sharing our point of view.

A view that is unique and yet familiar, and in that familiarity there is an opportunity to reach out and support someone, to not feel so alone, or lonely, to allow that still small voice to have a moment, when it is quiet, to be heard.

So this is a shout out to all you bloggers out there.

Thanks for putting your thoughts down and out into the blogosphere.

This is also a shout out to all the readers.

Thanks for listening, and commenting, and coming back.

Here are some blogs in my community you might want to check out:

Rubber Shoes In Hell. She is amazing, and funny, and real, and awesome. I am an unabashed fan - check her out - I think you will be glad you did.

Life with Roozle. This is a new blog to me, and I have been reading through the archives. Her tagline is "Two Moms. One Roozle. Life Rules". This blog rules. As a mother of a queer daughter I love the blogs I find in the LGBTQ community.

One more - because I like to do things in threes -

The day I found this blog I so needed what she had to say. I was a fan after the first post.
Momastery

Feel free to share blogs that help you find community in the comments below.

We are in this together.




13 comments:

  1. Love this. I agree, the sense of community is beyond anything I could have hoped for. Yes, the news is horrific these days, but with women like this putting their arms around each other, I think we're going to be OK. Great post.

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    1. I love that image of women putting their arms around each other. Yes!

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  2. Oh wow...thank you so much for including me! I am honored!

    I did not know about the November blogging thingy..but I am so uninformed about so much when it comes to blogging. Don't tell anyone, but I have NO IDEA what I'm doing. I just write stuff down and go on my merry way.

    I would like to go to BlogHer next year, though. I think I'm going to make that happen.

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    1. well, I saw how many followers you have on twitter, so clearly you don't need to work as hard as I do to increase readership! And the blogess follows you, too! swoon! I would love to attend a blogging conference one day. Adding to my bucket list.

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  3. Loved your piece today, and totally agree - I've never found such a supportive community! And that's what it's all about, really. Without readers, where would we be? And that keeps me reading other blogs, as well as writing one! I'm definitely going to have a look at that 'Momastery' one - sounds intriguing!

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    1. Thank you Susan, and now I have to go check out your blog - loved the post on being professional vs. amateur. I am in your camp on that one. And now I have to go back and read you manifesto.

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  4. What a great piece! I am new to blogging (4 months) but have learned so much through the process. I came across your blog because of the Nablopomo challenge. I will definitely come back and read your blog.

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    1. Glad you liked it....Now I will go look at yours too. Nablopomo has introduced me to so many great blogs (housework is suffering though - hee hee)

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  5. I used to keep a blog where I talked about my life and shared deep thoughts and I loved the sense of community you talk about. It's nice to feel like someone is hearing you and you can find people who are feeling the same way. Now I just have my knitting blog, which I try to keep on-topic and light spirited, but I still like the feeling of putting something out there into the world, even if it's no longer my deepest thoughts.

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    1. It is interesting how we all find our voice and then our community. I blog about knitting sometimes, but it usually turns out to be a metaphor for other things in my life. I will check yours out as soon as I post this reply! Happy knitting.

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  6. Thanks so much for this piece... I heard it loud and clear. Maybe somewhere out there is someone who will hear my voice too.

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  7. You will...You have....I like pinot gris too! see? we already have something in common!

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