Sol·i·dar·i·ty (noun) Unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.
This is inspired by No Love for Fatties’s post last week about the Solidarity Blogger Award. (Also if you’re not following her yet, do it! She’s awesome! 🙂 ) I decided to make this into my own post because I wanted some time to think about the topic, plus it gave me a post for the week.
When I think about blogging, my first impression of it is that it’s one sided. You’re writing something and just putting it out into the world for everyone else to read. But then you’re able to comment on each other’s posts. This turns it into a two-way conversation, and if I learned something from my master’s program, it’s that two-way communication is extremely important for creating relationships, especially online.
In that sense, I’d consider blogging, and especially WordPress where all of our blogs live, a kind of social media. I mean, it’s sort of like a really long form Twitter, except the comments on here aren’t as mean or you don’t end up in the Twitter comment vortex that I sometimes find myself in. The way that blogging is set up gives you more opportunities to share via words, pictures, and other types of media.
And through that, you can meet other people without leaving the comfort of your own home. Which, for introverts like me, is awesome. I mean, I can chat with you guys and I don’t have to put real pants on. Since I began blogging more consistently last year, I acquired a lot of new blogging friends, and I’ve found out that we all seem to run in the same blogging circle. (You know who you are.) I think that’s pretty cool, because I can go to someone’s post and see some of my other friends have commented on it too. (I’m calling us all friends because I think we magically become friends when we like the same stuff and follow each other’s adventures through life.)
Back when I was on Tumblr more actively, there was a handful of us that communicated a lot and were friends, and although we don’t really use that platform anymore, we all still follow each other on Twitter and Instagram. But after using both Tumblr and WordPress, I like WordPress better because of how it’s structured and how it allows for more communication. It’s easier to like and comment on other people’s posts.
One thing I love about blogging on here is that I’ve gotten to know all of you guys! I love following along on your travel adventures or reading your book reviews or just seeing something cool you did lately. We’ve created this little community from all over, and that’s one great thing about the Internet. It almost feels like we’re hanging out together and chatting about our lives, but realistically we’re in different states or different countries.
When I first started Strikeouts + Sprinkles, it was just a place for me to write when I felt like I had something to say, and I didn’t really have any blogging friends then. So I didn’t really stick with it. But once I started making connections last year, I wanted to post more about what I was up to, because I was looking forward to your guys’s comments and what you had to say. So far everyone I’ve encountered on here is so nice and welcoming. And I think we all need that right now. Just a little friend in our corner that we can pop in and say hey to.
So thank you to the blogger group that I ended up in for being awesome, and I’m looking forward to connecting with more bloggers this year! I need to get better about posting on the blog’s social media accounts, but follow Strikeouts + Sprinkles on Twitter and Instagram if you’d like!
What does solidarity blogging mean to you? How has being in a blogging community changed your perception of blogging?