I have been blogging for many years now and can honestly say I still enjoy it. It’s something that’s become a part of me and has helped enormously in many ways over the years. Through the good times and the bad, my blog has waited patiently for me, knowing I’d be putting my thoughts into words at some stage. And I have.
It’s been partly therapeutic, a bit insightful, a tad honest, and then again sort of addictive. When I blog I feel productive, creative and connected – it makes me a more observant person and gives me a desire to share – whether or not anyone reads my words or not!
We all have stories to tell and usually our blogs are the way we share our thoughts – for whatever reason.Tweet
I particularly like the feeling of belonging to a group of like minded people spread all over the world. One thing many bloggers I’ve spoken to over the years have said is that what they didn’t expect to happen was to find friendship and acceptance as a part of their blogging ‘journey’.
I’ve made many friends, met some in person and others are friends inside my computer. I got over the scary feeling of meeting bloggers in real life because when I did meet them they were exactly as I’d imagined from their words and views.
Many bloggers have also said they didn’t expect to find friendship and acceptance as a part of their blogging ‘journey’. But they did.
In a post I wrote What makes you return to a blog again and again? I asked readers to tell me why they return to some blogs more than others and the results were very interesting!
Do you join in link ups?
One of the best ways to find bloggers is through link ups or link parties, which can be problematic if they are too big and unwieldy. I participate in a few link ups as a co-host: What’s on your Bookshelf on the 3rd Friday of each month and 2022 Word of the Year monthly updates on the last Friday of each month. My co-hosts are bloggers I’ve met through blogging and a connection was made through reading and commenting on various posts. Some of us have gone on to form an online bookclub together and I consider them to be some of my closest friends.
Then there’s Natalies Weekend Coffee Share on her Natalie the Explorer blog, Terri’s Sunday Stills over at Second Wind Leisure , Gail’s Wow on Wednesdays on her Is this Mutton blog and Marsha’s Writers’s Quote Wednesdays on her Always Write blog and Donna and Deb’s What’s on Your Plate on the first Wednesday of each month – just to name a few that I like to pop in and out of as the whim takes me. These bloggers are people I’ve not met in person, they live in Canada, America, England but they are still ‘friends’ of mine.
When joining a linkup, the rule is you don’t link and run. Always comment on the host’s post and follow any rules, whether it be to visit/comment on at least 2 other posts in the linkup or something similar. As we all have limited time available it’s becoming harder to visit all the blogs we want to, so many people are being more selective in their engagement. But it’s a rewarding way of doing things and I enjoy it!
As a co-host of our link-ups I always try to visit everyone who leaves their link and leave an appropriate comment. Yes it takes time but it is part of being a blogger – it’s a 2 way street and interacting with others is a big part of it.
Friendship is mutual. And honesty shines through. Every.Time.Source: Deb from Deb’s World
Denyse’s Life’s Stories Link-Up
Which leads me to talk about Denyse’s link-up. I can’t remember when we crossed paths but we connected due to our past professions of teachers/managers in the education sector. I followed Denyse’s cancer journey (coming in halfway through it I think), we’ve messaged each other about lots of things and she was a great help when my Mother-in-Law, Ruby, was going through her own cancer treatment and subsequently passed away in December 2020. We’ve not met in person but when we do meet up it will be like meeting an old friend and I know we’ll sit and talk for hours!
I loved participating in Denyse’s Life This Week link-up with her optional but always interesting prompts every Monday, then for her monthly Life This Month free range link-up and more recently her fortnightly Life’s Stories link-ups. I know Denyse has been offering this link-up since 2016 and was committed to visiting and commenting on everyone who left their link – which is no mean feat!
Today is Denyse’s final link-up after a mammoth 6 years of offering this service to others to share their stories. Thankfully she’s not finishing with blogging!
You can read her final #LifesStories post here Endings and Beginnings – a huge thank you from me for all the effort she has put into offering this way of sharing our posts to a wider audience and for the friendship she has provided along the way.
To answer my own question
My title asks a question and my answer is yes I do feel a part of a blogging community and link-ups like these are why. Many of my non-blogging friends and even members of my family often wonder why I do this blogging thing but I do it because I’m passionate about words, sharing thoughts, connecting and staying engaged. It’s also great fun and I get to meet some lovely people!
What about you?
I’m linking up with Denyse and friends for the final time #lifesstories
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.