The question being asked this month for February is: Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?
Friendships Built Through Blogging
I know a lot of writers who do blogs tours, but I’m not one of them with the exception of this particular blog. I joined this one because of a friend’s recommendation. While I’ve been a guest on a few blogs here and there, mostly I was a guest helping a friend who had a sudden cancellation in their schedule and needed someone to fill the hole quickly.
One blogger, with whom I’ve developed an online friendship, publishes blogs written by the authors per her questions and then, she writes her own review in a separate blog. I’m totally amazed at her devotion to read the books and review them all with a short summary and a thorough explanation of what she likes about the book, along with her rating.
I’ve belonged to another group of writers for several years, but this group is about sharing our promotions, and over that time, I’ve gotten to know several of the members.
My claim is that it takes about three years to build a solid friendship. That theory appears to hold true both for online and in-person friendships alike. We may not be best friends but we’re no longer just acquaintances either. We’re more like friend-acquaintances. Willing to share tips, advice, and our experiences, whereas we might not be willing to do the same with acquaintances. At least, that’s been my experience.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!