Blogging is reaching for a community.
It doesn't have to be, but for me and many others it is. I feel most lonely when writing the first draft at the keyboard, the reader not present yet, only a ghost, a wisp of air. I am filled with doubt as I punch out each word, and behind that doubt is the question: Will they like me?
This is a profound question for a writer who puts his soul to the public. If readers don't like what I write, then they don't like me because my words are all they know. I find the process like trying to make friends with people you can't see, touch, or hear. I am lonely as I write this entry. Lonely and anxious.
A blogging community should ground a blogger in rich friendship, discussion, and exposure, but most networks plaster Google, affiliate ads, and get rich quick schemes all over their sites. This indicates their value system. They feed on our loneliness and desire to succeed because they know we are vulnerable, and the vulnerable and money are easily parted. They are scams and pyramid schemes to take the money of bloggers. They care not for the individual.
Realistically, they have to make money, but there are many ways of doing so, and BlogCatalog has found a way to elevate bloggers on a pedestal and facilitate friendships. They tell Google and other mooch affiliates to screw themselves, and they are determined to make a community for bloggers. The VIB membership is the key to its success, and I'll let the video tell the rest of my story. Click "Read More" to watch my take on blogging communities.
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We welcome your own experiences with any blogging network or community. Comments are appreciated.