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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.
We talked about different blogs having different purposes, so there’s no need to impose “shoulds”.
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.
SOME JUMPING OFF POINTS FOR DISCUSSION
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