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Is the blogosphere a closed community?

Quick post here (maybe one later too, you lucky lucky things you..). Last night a blogger who I respect & enjoy reading wrote a lovely post about how the blogging community can be a bit intimidating for newbies like me and how she would like it to grow and be welcoming. It is afterall a community and anyone can join, but naturally people will form frienships and that’s totally normal.

Now as you’ll have noticed I am not intimidated in the least bit and have just dived right on in and feel extremely welcome here in this virtual community. I can honestly say you get out what you put in. I blog frequently (too frequently some might say) but that’s because I love it. As a result I have built up a healthy following (still sounds too close to Jesus for me, but that’s the lingo). I’ve found some great blogs to read (which I’ll tell you about soon) and have garnered some great advice for helping me on my journey as a Mummy.

Now what’s interesting about Sally’s post is not the post per se (which is thought provoking), but the rather heated comment debate that followed. Go on take a look and tell me what you think.

Now, I really must get on with some work. I am in the office, missing my usual day with the girls as I have quite a bit on at the moment. So really can’t dawdle any longer on here.

Thankyou for reading, happy Fridays to one and all xx

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  1. Thanks for the link – nice post!

    I think what’s interesting is that the original post was very clear not to be critical of anyone or to suggest that a clique was deliberately excluding new bloggers. But people still get defensive.

  2. I am relatively new to blogging. Like you I just dived in, started commenting and following and people reciprocated. There have been blogs that I later stopped following and I’m sure people have done the same to me. People blog for all sorts of reasons and it’s nice to read other people’s experiences. It’s very therapeutic and I welcome anyone who wants to have a go! x

  3. I definitely don’t think its’a closed community – though I do understand how people can find it intimidating! I’m a bit shy IRL, so I’m a bit hesitant about commenting and the like, but I have to say that so far, everyone’s been really welcoming!

  4. Bronagh, I’ve found it to be friendly too – except my Davina/TV post which stirred a few people up actually…

  5. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!

  6. I’ve only been doing this since August last year and to be honest I’ve just got on with it and blurted things out.
    BNM

  7. I think if you want to get followers then you have to integrate yourself, no-one is going to do it for you. Go on other peoples blogs, comment and follow if you like them.

    Twitter can help but it’s not essential.

    A bit of controversy can help as well. ;-)

  8. I agree, I think you have to make a bit of an effort and actually that’s part of the fun.

  9. Joining British Mummy Bloggers definitely opened the door for me – before then I felt totally in the dark about the whole thing. I have quickly learnt, like you, that you get out of it what you put in. I love it!

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