I’m taking part in a wonderfully large collaboration, organised by Shania – who, by the way, is a great blogger and I applaud her immensely for setting this up and bringing us all together! Apologies for the lateness of posting this; I had to sort out a rather urgent situation today and couldn’t schedule it on time.
We were tasked to write about our favourite part of blogging, and it took me a while to narrow it down. I love so many elements, from writing posts to reading other people’s, and interacting with the people that make blogging so amazing.
My answer has always been, and will most likely always be, the community. I’ve always blogged on WordPress, and so only have experience with the bloggers on that site, but never have I met such friendly people who are willing to help you whenever you need it.
It is somewhat daunting to be thrust into blogging, with no way of figuring out what to do: who to talk to, how to act, what to post. When I started, I was certainly terrified, but reaching out really paid off. As soon as I asked for help, I received it – from one person at first, and then that expanded. My questions of “How do I talk to more people?” eventually transgressed to “Could I get your advice on something personal?” and I now never feel self-conscious about wanting assistance.
Because of the nature of my blog, I write pretty personal posts. Right from the beginning, the people who follow me are the most supportive people, always leaving beautiful comments and making me grin stupidly every time I read one. Whenever I read a post which has a fair few comments on it, there are people giving help to others, advice and compliments and anything in between. The fact that people aren’t afraid to get out there and tell someone how lovely they are is exactly why I continue blogging. People being there for each other is one of the greatest things in this world, because it shows that no matter where you come from, you can still be loved by anybody.
My interactions with bloggers on platforms like Twitter and email have proven to me that people are reachable, not just through their blogs. I’ve made some of the best friends I’ve ever had, laughed, cried and shared every corner of my thoughts, all with these people I’ve (mostly) never met. It’s refreshing, and I want people to know that whoever you are, you’ve brightened up my day simply by being kind to others.
This community isn’t just a random group of unconnected bloggers. We’re together, and it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been blogging – everyone helps one another, including new bloggers. It makes me so happy.
What do you like about the community here – or is there a more important thing you love about blogging?
Thanks to everyone else who took part in this collab, and I look forward to reading your posts!
From Elm 🙂