Ode To Bloggers

Before I entered the blogging world I had a vague idea of what it was. I knew there were lots of different types, covering all sorts of topics. I was aware of blogging as a platform. However, I didn’t really know what that meant or what it entailed.

What I also didn’t realise, which seems silly to me now, was the people I would encounter and how much I would come to value their ideas, their feedback, the sheer warmth they could portray through a few words on a screen.

When I started, just two months ago, it was really from a notion I had. I was, and am, on a journey of self-improvement. It was just another step. I wanted to get into the habit of writing daily and it gave me an outlet for that. I wanted to write things on a public forum, not thinking if anyone would read what I have to say, but as a means of keeping myself accountable for my actions. Codifying my journey to being better. The things that have helped me. The highs and the lows. Maybe to have something my son could read when he was older to see what his father was really like.

What I didn’t realise was I wasn’t just a singular entity on here. A self-contained cocoon. I wasn’t aware that it was like joining some sort of massive club where people wanted to talk to you and have you talk back to them. Embarrassingly I did not reply to my first ever comment. I thought it was a place people might just leave you a message like on Facebook or Twitter.

Speaking of which I didn’t even have those platforms on my phone or computer. I had steadily cut myself off from the outside world. I had little friends. The ones I used to have I had lost touch with. Unbeknownst to myself I had become lost.

But something has happened over the past two months I certainly never expected. In the course of pouring my heart into this I have found, amongst the daily outpourings of poetry, prose, motivational quotes, pictures, even diary type blogs, a wealth of inspiring outlooks, and inspiring people.

Ah, the people. The people I never even considered when I first started. The people who have come to be the biggest, and most welcome surprise. It’s not just the blogs some write, which are as diverse and heartfelt as anything. It’s the interaction. It’s the fact someone has taken the time out of their lives to not only read what you have to say but also let you know what they felt about it afterwards.

Yes, I’m aware it’s not all roses in the garden. That there are people chasing likes and follows. That some people will like posts before they’ve even had time to read them. That some information is a little dodgy. Like people telling you how to write blog posts but having spelling mistakes in the first paragraph. You can’t teach what you don’t practice. That’s ok. That’s the nature of the beast. To each their own after all.

I can accept that little bit of negative because it is far outweighed by the amount of wonderful content, and wonderful people that are found on here. The abundance of positivity, goodwill, heartfelt comments and posts is just staggering. My experience has been nothing but positive. There are people I have messaged with that I wish I knew in real life. I think they would be great friends and wonderful company. Some have been nothing but kind and sincere. Some impartial but truthful. But all, all of them, I would consider not just good people, but great people. People this world needs more of.

So hats off to you bloggers of WordPress. I am glad to have found you and I intend to give back as much, if not more, of what you have given to me. Much love to you all.

P.s. I didn’t intend to write this tonight as it’s not my usual thing. And that it isn’t actually an ode in its truest form. It’s just that I was after reading someone’s latest post (as heartbreaking as it was) and felt the need. Take care.

 

37 thoughts on “Ode To Bloggers

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I wrote about this 2 days ago, I was a bit rude I guess but as you stated in your post, it’s the interaction with great people, like-minded people that it’s important in blogging
    Best of luck always πŸ‘πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Huguetta. Yes, I read your post. I wouldn’t consider it rude at all. You just don’t hold back. I like that! You seem like a no nonsense lady. That’s an admirable quality.
      Best of luck to yourself also!

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      1. Thank you for the nice words CJ and glad you appreciate these qualities as you appreciate honesty as well!
        I just like this forum to be different than social media where people like blindly and all they care about is the pictures and appearances…here it should me more intellectual and more about respecting other thoughts and effort… Wish you the best always and many posts to come πŸ™‚

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      2. Thanks Huguetta. I think this place is a lot different from other ‘social’ media in that the posting requires some thought and time. For a majority of us anyway. That’s easy to see when you look at someone’s blog. I know it makes me appreciate their efforts more.
        As for yourself. You seem like the type of woman a person would always know where they stand with you. What’s not to like about that?
        Same to yourself regarding the best wishes good lady πŸ™‚

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  2. you seem a natural writer and i’m happy that you’ve found a forum here. you are so right, while working on our craft or just to express our thoughts and ideas, the people appear and we find a community we never knew existed

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  3. Followed is just a little of the great friends you make as a Blogger. Here you pour your soul and they respond and encourage. Some even feel your pains. Where else are you to find other’s? Good luck.

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  4. hello, well written, i started 1month ago and really like it, enjoying the process and the progress, trying to improve my english, so ii could write something more, i have many topics and ideas, but i can’t express it perfectly, so for now, trying little by little, by small tiny posts, and i think it’s okay for now, i think community here it’s wonderful, they we always have few people who we have to ban or unfollow, but it’s okay as wellπŸ˜„ !!!I didn’t intend to write this tonight!!! But you did and i really liked to read it, voila

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  5. you are amazing! and i really loved reading your joy in this, that came through so beautifully. and also how much you like yourself and what you are accomplishing. keep it up and revisit this on the days it may not all seem so smooth, remember you do have a lovely community behind you.

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  6. Yes !!!!!!!!! It’s so true and it’s an incredible feeling to bond with other bloggers and feel that connectedness. That’s one of the many reasons I love WordPress. Everyone on here gives great feedback and we all support each other on our journeys. Like you, I came back to posting never expecting anyone to even read my stuff let alone like or comment. But when they did, I was so touched. Then reading others posts and getting to comment and connect with others is just even more inspiring πŸ™‚ and make me more motivated to keep posting and keep connecting . It’s a beautiful thing honestly.

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    1. Good evening to you too πŸ™‚
      Sorry if I have missed your comments. I normally just check them on my phone and don’t know where the spam box is on it.
      When I am on my computer I’m usually busy writing.
      Much apologies! I will check it out the next time I am on it.
      I hope you are keeping well πŸ™‚

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      1. Yes, you have spam box on word press site, i just don’t want you to think i forgot you, i didn’t, but seems i just checked all the post what i have commented and there is no comments, i have only on explanation, they are there and waiting for you to read them😁 yes on phone is difficult, i’m mostly on my phone as well, have a nice week and check it when you have timeπŸ€—

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      2. I felt so bad I went upstairs and checked it! Sitting in front of my computer now with a lot of messages from yourself in my spam box 😳
        Terribly sorry for that. I wasn’t even aware they were there. Thank you.
        I hope you have a great week yourself πŸ™‚

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      3. Oh, seriously? πŸ€— It wasn’t rushy, come on😁i just didn’t knew where they are, you know sometimes i comment few post in the raw of the same person, i think this is the reason why they are in spam box, but it’s okay, happens, finally i got to talk to you😁

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      4. It’s fine. Was putting my son to bed anyway. He’s waiting patiently for me.
        Thank you for bringing that to my attention. I will have to keep an eye on that in future πŸ‘€
        Yes, finally lol
        Best wishes to you and continued success with your blog πŸ€—

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