I’ve been meaning to have a blog party for forever. It won’t be your drink-and-decorations kind of affair. It won’t even contain the only two reasons why I go to a party: food and dancing. But, it is a rather communal affair often hosted by bloggers, where they ask fellow bloggers to plug their blogs so that others can check them out. I don’t know why I am telling you about it instead of just asking you to share, but I guess it’s because this seems to be confessions week here on Of Opinions and I have to make yet another one – I don’t think I do much here community-wise.
Don’t get me wrong. I know my lovely readers here take me for a more-or-less nice person. I, myself, appreciate what a lovely community I am surrounded by. I see familiar blog names and faces pop up here and there on WordPress, and love catching up on those who are a little niche. We comment back and forth, give shout-outs once in a while, and it does feel like real people are involved, not dry, robotic interactions done on the basis of likes and re-blogs. But, I feel I don’t do much, both in terms of paying back, and exploring new.
There are two reasons for this. One, I am not very organised with my blogging. I don’t really plan, or set aside specific time for it. I do it whenever, wherever. I’ve been catching up on blog posts I missed in recent months due to various reasons by reading up specific bloggers one at a time (I think I’ve caught up with the brilliant, mathematically whimsical Stephen1001 by now). But, many of you, judging by your commenting in the community, have worked out a more integrated approach to blogging, where you can juggle all aspects of blogging without letting it take up too much of your time.
The second reason is that I emphasise most on writing. Yes, even if the average age for a published author seems to about twelve in this century, I still think I have time to make it. It concerns me more than community. Not very polite to admit, you might say, but I did call this confessions week. I am not very good at navigating people as a collective. I often don’t know what to say; which is why I end up saying too much (as demonstrated by my somewhat long comments). When I write a blog post though, I have ample time to brood and edit. I have my say, and I try to say it to the best of my abilities. Self-absorbed it may sound, but that is what entices me the most about doing this blogging thing.
However, I deeply appreciate whatever responses I get to my posts. And I know you appreciate the same with your posts. Which is why I don’t want to litter it with likes. Sometimes, you don’t have anything to say. Likes are fine then. But, putting something down makes you rationalize your thoughts about what you read better too. It doesn’t have to be impressive, a gold-star worthy comment, but if it adds to the discussion, why not? Sometimes, even if you want to say something, you can’t find the words. Maybe you process what you read at a later time, and you’re not sure if what you have to say then is worth being shared. I feel this the most when reading creative work, poems, short stories and such, where the best ones have a lot to chew on, and if I do come back with a comment belatedly, it will inevitably read like a boring academic essay.
I suppose my blogging community reflects my flesh-and-blood community. I have good intentions, I hope you believe me when I say I do, but I’m lacking in execution. Some of you share posts on your social media. Some of you collaborate with other bloggers. Some of you do round-ups, mentioning your favourite reads. I do nothing of the sort. Having said that, Of Opinions is reaching the 2000 followers mark, all thanks to you, and I hope things will be different from now on. I will give back more, I will explore new. And I will start right here, by having a pre-blog-party party, and ask you to share:
1) What do you blog about?
2) Any specific posts you’d like me, or other readers to read, and a link to it. If not, then a link to your blog should suffice.
There will be a blog party after I hit the 2000 mark, where I will do my best to bring as many people to the party as possible. By the way, guest posts are always encouraged, on which you can read more by clicking here.
I thank you again for making it all possible. Apart from my selfish need to spout opinions, you’re the only reason I keep coming back!