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Community Building
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We humans are social animals, we have an inherent need to be with others. Loneliness is painful. We’re not built to be alone. And my time as a blogger has demonstrated to me the importance of being part of a community.

In the beginning, when I began blogging, all I was led to believe, mistakenly, was that all that mattered was great content.  Don’t get me wrong, content is essential and always will be but it wasn’t just my content that helped me get to where I am today.

Things really took off for me the moment I became a member of a particular Facebook group. Almost overnight, I began forging relationships, which have helped me in so many ways. I began to interact with other bloggers, people from all around the world who were willing to support one another and connect.  It was an amazing community that was building right in front of me. I was a part of it, and am happy to say I still am.

Yes I’ve moved on a lot since those days. I have transformed from a hobby blogger to a pro-blogger, running a quite successful online business. But I remermber my roots, and the people who have helped me on my way. I still make sure that I visit, and comment on their blogs,  because they are the people who I call my friends. Some have departed to pastures new, but to me they are still the same people that I was fortunate enough to unite with on my journey.

Everyday people partner with one another to help each other.  In the blogosphere this is particularly true. Within this community that I belong to,  we all support each other in one way or another and it’s not labeled as partnering, it’s based purely on friendship and support.

I know at times where many from this group have been on the other end of their keyboards through all hours of the day or night to offer support to an online friends, for no other reason than they are part of this community, and in need of support. There are two particular ladies, both who I adore and respect as bloggers and people who have done this many times for each other, and for fellow members of the community.

To me we are the same people, who now have maybe different goals, different perspectives, but the friendships we have created over time should not change. We should still be supporting each other, ensuring we grow and flourish and fulfil our dreams.

What we all have in common unites us more than our differences. Networking makes a big difference for all of us, this will never change. We all together created a community based upon reciprocity and camaraderie. I for one will never forget what you each gave to me, and the community itself provided. We were held together under a banner, but it was each of us as people that gave this group its vibrancy and fellowship.

It went a lot further than providing ways to promote each other and benefit from one another.

Yes of course we did the norm:

  • Commenting on Blogs
  • Linking Blog Posts
  • Promoting each Other
  • Supporting joint Causes
  • Chatting in facebook

But it was always a lot more than that. We had a community that believed in engagement and caring for one another. We proved that blogging and social media, when done correctly, can be the basis for a community that will love and support you through the hardest times in your life and be there while you come to terms with this world of blogging. It created an unbelievable support structure that benefited everyone. It led to friendships. These people became part of my life.

I cherish those that have been part of the community and would do anything to support them, no matter where they are trying to go.

Everyone out there needs to be part of a blogging community. It will help put some life into your blog and help you by having a team around you that you can pull support from when you need it. Go create life time friendships and be part of a community that will help you take your blog to where you want it to go.

I am now a member of various communities, and I love the interaction it brings me.

Do you support people elsewhere online? Perhaps on Facebook or other social networks?

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About the author: Larry Lewis
I'm Larry. As an Executive Life Coach, entrepreneur and writer, I am an unshakable optimist dedicated to helping you become the person you most want to be. I am devoted to sharing ideas, tools and resources that will help you create a better, stress free, well balanced life.
17 Comments
  1. baldychaz October 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    One of the best parts of blogging is meeting people and working together.

    • admin November 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      Charles i’ll drink to that

  2. Alpana Jaiswal October 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I know what you mean,and I can go to any extent to do anything for my co bloggers…I so much agree with everything you have written here,asif my heart is speaking out…And I need to speak to u…

    • admin November 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      Alpana from what i have learnt from you and about you, you are one of the most supportive, loving people i this blogosphere i so adore.

  3. Corinne Rodrigues October 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Larry – this is so beautiful…in the short time I’ve known you I’ve seen you taking off as a blogger, but you always remain humble, sincere and above all, Larry! Love ya!

    • admin November 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you Corinne, and i trust if you see me changing my approach, and excuse the expression, climbing up my own a*s* that you will let me know …. i know you will

  4. sulekha October 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    A wonderful way of putting your and our feelings across. Larry, I too have formed everlasting bonds in this blogosphere and met some really special people. Thank you all for being here.

    • admin November 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Sulekha you have added a wonderful new sparkling personality to an already great community

  5. Luchi Smiles October 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Well said!, joining groups is the best way to connect. I am a member of several blogging groups but the recent one seems to be the best 🙂

    • admin November 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Luchi just enjoy everyone you connect with on the internet, everyone can offer you something, and just remember its all about giving and taking

  6. Martha Orlando October 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I know my life has been so enriched by joining a blogging community. The support is tremendous and I feel blessed each day to be a part of these wonderful peoples’ lives.
    Great post!
    Blessings!

    • admin November 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Martha, they also are blessed by you and your wonderful sincere blog writing

  7. Jessica Mokrzycki October 28, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I definitely agree with this post! The blogging community I have been a part has caused me to come into contact with extraordinary individuals I wouldn’t have gotten to know others. It has encouraged and inspired me. It’s one of the best parts of blogging 🙂

    • admin November 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      Jessica if someone had told me the type of blogs i’d be readig and lovig, i’d have said they’re are mad. Blogging has from those i’ve met allowed me to take a new look at faith, and this has benefited me greatly. You and Martha truly have both been inspiring to me

  8. Mary Hudak-Colllins October 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Building bonds of blogging are instrumental to our success. Maintaining them is crucial to our success. Once in awhile, you will lose a contact due to unforeseen circumstances, but belonging and participating in communities is so very important. Sometimes, it can become overwhelming and we all need those moments to step away for air, but I believe that brings us back stronger with a renewed perspective on things 🙂

    • admin November 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      Mary, we to often put pressure on ourselves, and with blogging this is so easy to do. Sometimes yes it is necessary to step away. I have no doubts those that do, will find at some time i the future the desire and passion will return. To me nothing is better than the blogging community we can find ourselves in.

  9. Michael Camire December 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Larry you are so right – I love meeting and chatting with people all over the world and sharing with them. Blogging, social sites, twitter, etc., has brought so many people together, some in friendship, new business partnerships, and even marriage.

    We all need to remember those that have helped us with the use of all these new mediums that technology has brought to us. It’s always good to come around and remember them.

    Thanks for the great post and reminding us all that we need to remember those in our past that brought us to the point where we are today.

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