Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Writing Community

I've been thinking a lot about social networking lately, and particularly about writers supporting writers through blogging, twitter and Facebook.

My husband started an experiment in January. He's an entrepreneur, so he thought it would be fun to blog business ideas. He'd never blogged before but, not one to do things half way, he decided to post every single day of 2011.

I told him how to make friends through blogging, (visit other similar blogs, follow, comment, start a conversation, etc.), but he hasn't had a lot of success. After 200 posts (more than I've written in the 2 years I've blogged), he still has less than 10 followers and rarely gets a comment.

I tell you this not because I want you to pity my hubby and follow his blog, (though you can if you want, it's here), but because I think his experience has shown me what a unique and supportive community we writers have.

It's easy to make friends in writer-land. I'm grateful for that.

Have you felt welcomed by the blogging writer community?



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17 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've noticed that too, but I've also found the YA community to be awesome for this. Maybe it's just me, but I found if I commented on a romance writer's blog, the majority never visited mine and commented back. I always comment back, and I get 30-60 comments a post (while the romance writers were getting 10). That was part of the reason why I dropped the secondary blog I was doing with an erotic romance writer. It wasn't worth the effort.

Jen Daiker said...

The writing community is amazing. I've been a blogger for two years and have met so many amazing people. It's truly been amazing. Now at 1500 followers I still meet new people daily and it's so warm and inviting. We are an awesome group of people. It's a blessing to have fellow writers understand each step we go through!

I don't get as many comments nowadays but it's also because I don't have time. I'm with Stina though, when I was writing YA I was getting SO MANY MORE comments. Now that I write chick lit I get a lot less. They're just not as big of commentors. Strange.

John Waverly said...

In a word, yes.

A newcomer might be tempted to say, "Of course they're welcoming to bloggers. They're all readers and writers. Reading and writing is what they like to do." The funny thing is that my writing friends are just as welcoming in person at conferences and get-togethers. That welcoming feeling is why I decided to stick around.

Diane said...

I have been embraced and so encouraged by the writers out there. :O)

Jade said...

I love the writing community! It has surpassed even my highest expectations. We're an awesome bunch of people, that's for sure.

Jessica Nelson said...

Oh yes!
I really think this has to do with personality and outlook on life. For example, who we are really influences what we write, so writers of similar genres may tend to share certain perspectives. I think writers, esp. fiction, have a certain empathy/relational outlook on life and that's why we support each other in blogging. I hate to break it to your hubs, *grin*, but people who are oriented toward business are less likely to spend times on blogs reading and commenting. I think for him, something more fastpaced like twitter might work better. Or perhaps a website with "articles". I quote articles because I think businesspeople feel better if they're reading a financial article rather than a blog post. :-)
Best wishes to him though! And yep, I'm so thankful for all the wonderful writers I've met!

Em-Musing said...

Yes! I love our writer community. Someone is always there to read or comment.

Patti said...

I agree, the writing community seems to be some of the most friendliest.

Scott Stillwell said...

I'm just getting started, but I'm already seeing what you are describing. As far as your husband's blog goes, I think a lot of entrepreneurs and inventors are usually paranoid about putting their nascent ideas out into the world for fear of someone stealing them, which probably makes them less willing to discuss their efforts in a public forum. A good idea is a lot easier to steal than an 80,000-word story.

VR Barkowski said...

Yes! The writing community is very supportive. Especially, as Stina noted, the YA community. Other genres not so much. Not certain why this is, but who cares? It's the shared experience of writing and seeking publication that matters, not genre.

Keisha Martin said...

The writing community is amazing but it's a give and take relationship which consist of checking out other writers blogs on a frequent basis, commenting etc.

That's how a good relatioship is build, I connected with you because last year your amazing agent was on your blog seeking romance mss and although I did get a request that fizzled the opportunitry enabled me to network with you, and be part of your journey as yoyu are doing for me.

Sometimes I feel lonely when I write my kids and husband and extended family has no clue the emotions that go into writing but writers know so that makes me feel good to be part of a dynamic creative community.

Sorry for the long post=)

Keisha Martin said...

Forgot to mention thank you, thank you, for following my blog =o)

Medeia Sharif said...

I began my current blog two years ago. My first two blogs were rather quiet, but with the new one I was posting links and reciprocating comments. The support has been amazing. I've connected with many readers and writers. And then I end up connecting across different venues, because I follow the same people on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, and Goodreads.

Anita Saxena said...

I have made so many writing friends and its all been through blogging. :)

Elle Strauss said...

Interesting experiment and commentary. It's SO easy to make blogger friends in the writer/reader community. Yay!:)

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Natalie, first off, welcome back! Second, I've really enjoyed entering this sphere. As my focus has changed and I've had to pull back from actively reading tons of blogs, I've received less comments...of course. It's a circular thing. The more you are able to put into it, the more you get out of it. I've found a happy place, though. I'm no longer intent on growing my blog by leaps, but just keeping the friends I have, meeting a few new ones every once in a while, and reciprocating as I can. I agree that the writing community, both online and off, is awesome, and I've especially found children's writers to be outstanding individuals across the board.

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Natalie! It was so fun seeing your comment at my blog! :)

Yes, I feel the writing community is very supportive, online and off. So unique and special!