Blogging relationships. Oh where would we be without blogging relationships?
When you first think of blogging you think of it as a solitary enterprise – I know I sure did. When I was first staring out, a little over 2 years ago, I never imagined that people would actually find and read what I was writing in my little corner of the world. But surprise! I was wrong! At its heart, blogging is really all about the community that is created surrounding your blog and the relationships that you make with each other that stem from what you write.
It was so wonderful to meet many of you at BEA last year and certainly at Book Blogger Con – I mean what better way to meet people who do the same things you do?! I have appreciated getting to know you better – whether it is through the type of content and style that you choose for your blog or through the Sunday Salon/Suddenly Sunday type posts you do that reveal things that are going on in your life. We come together because of our love of books, but we stay together because of the things that we have in common and the things that we share with one another.
One of the relationships that has meant the most to me that grew out of this blog has been getting to know the ladies who put together our blog, the Historical Fiction Round Table: Arleigh (historical-fiction.com), Lizzy (Historically Obsessed), Allie (Hist-Fic Chick), Marie (The Burton Review), Lucy (Enchanted by Josephine), Susie (All Things Royal), and Amy (Passages to the Past). This group blog grew out of our respect of each other’s individual blogs and the camaraderie that we all had about Historical Fiction as a genre. Every day when I would come home there would usually be several emails from the ladies going back and forth discussing some topic. Sometimes it would be about a book we all happened to be reading, other times it was about content for the blog, and other times it was just to vent frustration about things that were happening in our personal lives. None of us had met each other but we knew so many things about each other and really became good friends. I have since been able to meet Allie, last year at BEA, and from the moment we actually met it was like we had been friends forever. We have even teamed up as roommates this year for the Historical Novel Society conference in June. We have been there for each other through many situations over the last 2 years and I especially want to thank Arleigh, Lizzy, and Allie for helping me through an especially devastating time for me over the last couple of months. Without their personal support it would have been much more difficult for me.
Relationships in the blogosphere are just as important as face-to-face relationships in the real world. You can make friends for life. Don’t let people knock the importance of the relationships created on a blog.
You can check out other posts like this at the Armchair BEA blog where there is a link-up of today's posts.
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