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  • You must include at least one positive keyword with 3 characters or more.
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Writers Cafe - Does RSS Impact On The Community Aspect Of Blogging? Let’s Explore Community Building

Welcome to the Writers Cafe.
Last weekend’s Writers Cafe was a lively discussion on Is The Word Blog On The Way Out? And How Do You Explain A Blog To Non Bloggers? If you missed it, it’s well worth checking out - lots of great ideas and links shared.
This week, I’d like to use that discussion as a jumping off point for this week’s Writers Cafe about building blog communities.
The great response and stimulating conversation got me thinking about a blog’s community. In the comment thread, I observed

The richness of all the descriptions shared here lies in the fact that each speaks as much of the person explaining it, as about the blogging process itself. It’s also about the purpose of the particular blog and the nature of the client’s business…

I think the most successful blogs (not just traffic wise) involve their communities, work with them, respond to them and support each other. This is when genuine networking happens.
Lillie Ammann commented -

This discussion is a perfect example of blogging at its best: thoughtful and thought-provoking comments and links to other ideas - an online conversation.

And from Karen Swim

Hi Yvonne! It is always great to be a part of the community here…

Joanna Young shared
… comments and community and conversation - it is vitally important to me, and I wouldn’t / couldn’t blog in the way that I do without them.
Joanna also pointed out that Seth Godin has a very strong following without allowing blog comments at all.

  • Would you say he has a community?
  • So what constitutes a community?

We talked about different blogs having different purposes, so there’s no need to impose “shoulds”.
RSS
I know some bloggers read (or at least scan) up to 200 or more RSS feeds per day.
When so many blogs are followed by RSS only, does this impact on the community aspect of those blogs?
How important is the headline when reading from RSS?
Are you more likely to read the whole article if you specfically visit the blog?

On the other hand, sometimes even though I visit a blog and read excellent information there, I don’t feel I’m part of the community. If the information is interesting enough, I will still visit (or maybe subscribe), but tend not to get involved in the community aspect.
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SOME JUMPING OFF POINTS FOR DISCUSSION
COMMUNITY BUILDING

  • What is it about a blog that makes you want to join the community (or not)?
  • Why do you stay? Why do you move on from one community and look for another?
  • Can a blog/blogger have a community without comments
  • RSS & COMMUNITY -
  • Do you prefer to visit a blog or to use RSS (or both)?
  • Does RSS impact on the community aspect of blogging? If so, how?
  • How important is the headline in RSS reading for clickthroughs to the actual blog?
  • With RSS, do you only click through if you want to comment? Or are there other reasons?

Writers Cafe Open Topics
Any topic goes - not just this one. Feel free to throw open any writing, blogging or business related topic or to ask questions, network etc.
Great Grow Your Writing Business Meetup
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Be sure to tell me which time zone you are in. We won’t be able to meet everyone’s needs, but with different time zones and countries, it’s a bit of a juggling act.

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"I wrote the rest of The Innocents Abroad in sixty days and I could have added a fortnight's labor with the pen and gotten along without the letters altogether. I was very young in those days, exceedingly young, marvelously young, younger than I am now, younger than I shall ever be again, by hundreds of years. I worked every night from eleven or twelve until broad daylight in the morning, and as I did 200,000 words in the sixty days, the average was more than 3,000 words a day- nothing for Sir Walter Scott, nothing for Louis Stevenson, nothing for plenty of other people, but quite handsome for me. In 1897, when we were living in Tedworth Square, London, and I was writing the book called Following the Equator, my average was 1,800 words a day; here in Florence (1904) my average seems to be 1,400 words per sitting of four or five hours."
Mark Twain

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