Blogging 101: Something Wild & Crazy

You know – we’ve all been blogging for the past year and we’ve become a community of writers, bloggers, friends and fans.

I’m wondering if we can take this to a new level? By this time, blogging probably isn’t scary any longer like it once was and I propose we try something different and intimidating. Like putting our voice out there (podcasting) or connecting with each other using Skype or creating and posting videos (called video logs or vlogs) or creating an online conference where we can connect, collaborate and grow something unique.

What else? Maybe we can begin a blog where we all add a paragraph or post a photo and all create a story around it?

My blogging friends are an amazing group of writers and we each bring something new and wonderfully unique to our posts. We write about fashion, home, family, travel, hopes, dreams, illness, education, humor and even cemeteries.  We support, unite and encourage each other.

Maybe we can go out and find new bloggers and follow them, add comments and share insights. Remember how cool it was when we first started and someone subscribed to our blog. ‘Way Cool!’

Would you care to be a guest on my blog? I’d love to have you write for me sometime. Care to visit me online and we can create a podcast. Even with these ideas I’m not thinking big enough … this is where groupthink comes in handy!

I suppose it’s because I’m on the edge of this lovely cliff and I want to stretch my arms and soar like an eagle but I want to do it with others and compare our flights, thoughts and observations. And I want to see what photos you took and you can see mine. I want to show you the video of me leaping with my mouth wide open to catch the air. And I want to see your face too.

Guess I’m just crazy but sometimes that’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Empty Bowl becomes a Friendship Bowl

When I began blogging I felt like my site was like an empty bowl. I was confident that it would fill up, that I’d find something to write about, that someone would join in and read my blogs and as the bowl emptied, it would fill time and again.empty bowl

That is what has happened. Just recently some of my blogger friends have been sharing what they do when they’re in a slump. Some plow through it, others move, some write, others indulge in chocolate (ok, that one was me …) and on and on.

The idea that one can post about something and others can chime in with help is a beautiful thing. Unseen friends from across the nation and over the oceans are there with fingers at the ready to offer support and help.

A blogger community has grown and continues to grow. Having the courage to write about one’s health, a dying family member, an employment issue, weight problems, homesickness and our hopes, dreams and despair is bold and embracing in so many ways.

Adding insight, asking questions, offering praises and appreciation is a way to help others fill their empty bowls. And in turn, they help me fill mine.

A warm hug to my community of wonderful bloggers, friends and colleagues!

~ Marge ~