Ok, project for this week? Get the ~(!#$@* blog introspection challenge out of the way. Really. Not least because from next Saturday I expect there will be lots to say and comment on. Behold the Becoming… So, today’s topic is “my favourite aspect of blogging”. No question – it is the communication and community aspect of it.
For me, writing has always been about communication. Of course I write because I want to record what I find note-worthy. But a secret diary is not my cup of tea. I *want* to reach others with what I write, I want to be read, and ultimately I want to be responded to. The response aspect is what I am most interested in. Because it serves two purposes for me.
- It allows me to connect with others, and subsequently to develop a feeling of belonging to a community, or a group. I like the sense of belonging, of being part of something, of being accepted, possibly even of being validated.
- Responses are valuable impulses for my creativity. Feedback from readers can trigger my imagination and my creativity. It serves as inspiration. And it also works as positive reinforcement of my creative projects. When someone tells me they like what I have created, I feel inspired to continue on.
The community aspect may be a bit of a double-sided sword. Community comes with conflict, and our little corner of the interwebs is no exception. And yet I continue to enjoy being part of this community. I don’t believe that the total number *all* RA fans make up a coherent, homogenous community – apart from the shared interest in/appreciation of Richard Armitage, that is. As in RL, there are many different corners within the community, some I get on with like a house on fire, some that I have my problems with, some that I deliberately ignore, and some that I simply do not know. But the sub-community of the larger community I am part of, I happily belong to and communicate with. And if I can reach beyond the boundaries of *my* little corner of the fandom, I’d be thrilled if I met new people.
What about you? What’s your favourite aspect of blogging? And readers, have you got a favourite aspect of commenting? Let me know ❤