Arlee Bird, the A to Z Challenge founder, wrote a post on Friday about the reciprocity of blogging that is a must-read for anyone who blogs, whether you are part of the A to Z Challenge or not.
I've been blogging for 4 years and it can get discouraging when people don't return comments or follow back. If one is following new blogs of interest and leaving comments regularly, then certainly others should return the favor. (Not constantly, of course, since we all have lives outside of blogging, but you know what I mean.)
When it happens, you have the reciprocity of blogging, creating a happy, rewarding experience for everyone involved. When it doesn't, one wonders "Why am I doing this again?"
Even those of us who have been around for awhile need to participate in the reciprocity of blogging. Which is one of the main reasons I join the Challenge each year. It's a great opportunity to discover new blogs of interest, and to set goals of my own.
I'd love nothing more than to get my follower count to 1075. I also want to discover new Wordpress blogs and follow them, since my author website is on Wordpress. I'm quickly becoming a fan of Wordpress, really like the clean, professional look of those sites, and I follow only a handful-- ones I found through the Challenge.
There's so much that can be said about the nature of blogging-- the etiquette, the purpose, designing one's site-- but Arlee's post was one of the best I've ever read. Here's the link again, and as Challenge participants, I hope we will take his challenge to us to heart. Let's not forget the reciprocity of blogging, because without it the exercise of blogging seems rather pointless.
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf