This Just Makes It More Interesting

I’m sure this wonderful, well thought out, time devouring, thought/post/observation/analogy, has been tossed around the blogosphere many many times over.  But it hit me today, and has just sorta changed, ever so slightly, the way that I “look” at the blogosphere.  Personal, I think is the word I’m looking for.  Interesting is another one.  

“Where did ever come up with such a great idea, Scott?”

Well, I’m glad you asked.  

This took off from a comment/reply that I had left on cheerfulmonk.com just this morning.  Please read the whole post, but what I found…um…most interesting (not about the whole thing Jean, it was all interesting) about the comments was:

#2 Scott on 10.20.08 at 1:13 am
Sorry about that, after I re-read my last post a few more times, it sounded more like a shameless plug. Not intended.   

Scotts last blog post..The Ever-Changing Thought is..Um..Changing??

#3 Jean on 10.20.08 at 1:54 am
Scott,
Thanks for coming by. I didn’t think your first comment sounded like a shameless plug. In fact, I refer to some of my posts in comments on other people’s blogs. I don’t think of that as plugging my blogs as much as going deeper into a conversation. I encourage people to do the same here.   

I like your blog and have added it to my Live Bookmarks. )

“I didn’t think your first comment sounded like a shameless plug.”

It then hit me.  If the blogosphere is a large, striving, community (world is how I picture it actually), then each niche is a neighborhood, and in that neighborhood are individuals (tecthought.com, cheerfulmonk.com, pickthebrain.com) blogs, which make up the houses in that neighborhood.  We are free to roam from neighborhood to neighborhood, house to house, checking out all the cool stuff “they” have that we don’t have in our neighborhood, and then we take that back to our neighborhood, our homes (blogs) and improve it as well as improve the community and the blogosphere.  Very fascinating to me when I look at it from that vantage point.  

I’m new to this house, neighborhood, community, and blogosphere (turns out, I’m not liking that word so much) and I have been blessed to have been welcomed the way that I have.  I hope that I am able to contribute to the growth the way that I intend. 

“OK Scott…jeez, the point?”

Hush.  I’m getting there.  Our doors (sites) are always open to strangers passing through our communities and neighborhoods and homes.  Peeking in to our “private lives and thoughts made public” and we are all OK with that.  All that we ask is one thing from each other.  One small payment for me allowing you to enter my house, neighborhood, community freely.

“OK Scott…come on already!”

Ready for that payment?  Here is all we ask of each other. Leave a comment.  Mindboggling isn’t it. I know!   That comment is your way of saying “Hey, when you get done at Jean’s house, or Seamus’ house, or Ron’s house, your all invited to my house, my neighborhood to hang out for a while.” 

PAY IT FORWARD – That phrase is used a lot here in my “real” community as we have just went through that horrible tornado back on Feb. 5th.  My community here really grew as close as I have ever seen (and we didn’t rely on the government (shameless political view there sorry)). I hope that when the tornadoes hit our communities here in the blogosphere (there has got to be another word for that), that we can all band together and help each other rebuild their “homes.”  Help the new guys moving in get off the ground.  I’m willing to pay, help in whatever way I can.  Are you?

Jean, though it wasn’t planned, even made the same comment we make daily out there in the “real world.”

Thanks for coming by“, she said.  Gives me chills.  A whole new perspective on this thing we call a community.

 

Let me help you help yourself!

SC

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7 Responses

  1. Actually I write “Thanks for coming by” a lot, and I mean it the same way as I do when someone comes by my house to visit. My blogs are about sharing and building community, and I actively encourage people to visit the sites of the other commenters. That’s why I include links to the commenters’ last post (if they have a blog) and sometimes link to their site in a comment. See, for example, the comment to rummuser (hopefully the links will work):

    “rummuser,
    Sometimes taking a class is the easiest way to get started. I cheerfully admit, HTML looks intimidating at first. But I write all of my posts in it now and don’t need many commands.

    I just went to your site and found your picture. I did the same for Evelyn. bikehikebabe’s is here. ”

    I would have included a link to your About page, but I didn’t see a picture. The purpose of the links was for commenters to see one another as real live people. Yeah, yeah. I need to put one of myself on my blogs. But Sammy and Banshee, my granddogs, are much cuter than I am!

    As I’ve mentioned in some of my posts, one of my main aims in life is to make my little corner of the world a friendlier and more loving place. Blogging is an easy way to do that.

  2. Thanks for the comment once again. Not sure why it just hit me today, I’m a little slow, but I have gained much more respect for blogging in general. I really don’t think I’ll be able to visit a blog without leaving some comment. That too could get annoying, not to me, but to the originator.
    I’ll see about getting a picture up there for ya. I don’t do pictures very well, but I guess I can make an exception if your going to plaster my face in the comments 🙂 It’s a great idea really.
    I’ve got another idea…but you’ll just have to wait for that one too.
    Thanks again!
    -Scott

  3. Scott,
    Welcome to the neighborhood. I look forward to your “next idea,” but will spend a bit of time learning “about you” as well.
    In certain ways, your writing style is similar to mine, where I frequently address my audience: “I’m getting there.” “The point is coming – be patient.” It’s like having a conversation with your readers, not just “writing a blog.”

    Well done! (The new subscriber said…)
    Rita

  4. I, too, always thank the first-time commenters to my site. Like Rita said, blogging is about conversation. I do get on my soapbox at my site, as it is the vehicle for my voice, but really, all I’m saying is: this is what I think. What do you think?

    In fact, I find that it gets better response when I give something to react off of, instead of just asking a blank question. My recent posts on kids and education have gotten lots of passionate comments, which is great.

    Because that discussion is what makes blogging so great. People exchanging opinions and ideas, deepening our understanding of humanity.

    ari

  5. @Rita – Thanks for the welcome! I’m certainly feeling it. The next idea is still in it’s idea phase. I like the idea, it’s my blog so maybe I’ll just run with it and see what happens. Stay tuned. Hey, when you learn something “about me” just let me know what it is. I’m learning about myself as well. Maybe I can get some ideas from you. 😉
    I’m still trying to find my writing voice I think. I do know though that a blog that is not like a conversation, I could never do. I like the “personal” feel that I have now.
    I’ll be over at your place soon. Thanks for the comments and subscribing. It does make me feel like i’m succeeding.

    @Ari – I agree whole heartedly. To me It is about conversation. I may get on my soapbox at some point, I may have already and just don’t know it. I guess it kinda depends on what the opinion is about as to whether or not I’ll put it out there in the community. I like to keep certain opinions to myself. Mainly politics and those types of things that I know I won’t be able to persuade a reader either way. Again, I haven’t tried it, I may at some point just to get out of my comfort zone. Remains to be seen.
    Thanks for coming over, and especially thanks for the comment. You got me thinking, and I like that.

    I hope everyone has enjoyed their visit. I’ve enjoyed having ya.

    -Scott

  6. Hi Scott – I see our blogs as our homes in blogosphere, too. We welcome our guests and we introduce them to each other. When someone is in need of help, we ban together to do so, and then we move around the “neighborhood” to visit others. Some welcome our visits with a happy “hello”, whereas others (often the ones with the BIG houses) are busy with other duties so they don’t always see us.

    From someone who’s “lived here for awhile”, to someone new in the neighborhood, I say “Welcome, and hope to see you around”.

  7. Hey Barbara – I figured most probably already had the vision. I’m a bit slow, my mind is still repairing itself I guess. I’m caught up on the “meaning” of the blogosphere I think. It’s great.

    Thanks for the Welcome, and oh, I’ll definitely be around!
    -Scott

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