The Blog Love is Here!


I have a great deal of respect for bloggers. Specifically, the community of parent bloggers.

There are an intertwined collective of mum and dad bloggers who weave an interesting web of dialogue on twitter, which I have been dipping my toe in to. They’re lovely and interesting. Welcoming and interactive too, actually.

I therefore metaphorically raised an eyebrow when respected and rather good DIY Daddy blogger Nigel Higgins (@NigeHiggins4) wrote about it being a lost time for bloggers in terms of support.

Nigel expanded:

Blogging, I have always thought, was a community we were all proud to be a part of. To support and help each other, but 2017 seemed to change where it was the norm to jump on people if they made a mistake or wrote something that was considered controversial. (Full post here).

Now, with the exception of something that happened that was tweeted about on Christmas Day with a particular male blogger (and I’m reluctant to go there), I’d felt that the other bloggers were rather nice. Certainly within the twitterverse. But then I thought about it some more.

I retweet, and respond, but the penny is dropping that that isn’t really enough. While tweeting is another way to get yourself across and address issues, it isn’t blogging. So in engaging on twitter, I wasn’t doing a damn thing to help my fellow bloggers’ blogs. Our main courses are our blogs. Twitter is the side dish. The amuse bouche. A taster dish on the deli counter at Tesco. You understand what I mean.

I want to support other bloggers, but more than that, I want to support their blogs. It takes so little effort and means so much. Finding a naturally occurring comment on a blog post is such a lovely thing to find. There are groups where bloggers comment on each other’s posts, but that isn’t anywhere near as pleasing as one happening just because somebody liked my writing.

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And there’s selfish reasons for doing it too. Exposing myself (!) to other blogs and other people’s writing can only improve my output too. I may even become more interesting, but one step at a time, eh?

So, Nige, yeah. I like how it feels when people read my blog, so I’m responding to your call and making the effort to spread the joy and be an all-round supportive member of the parent blogging community. Group hug!

4 Comments

  1. 9 January 2018
    Reply

    Wow Grant, this is so kind of you, this is exactly why I blog to receive such a positive reaction thank you so much. The post took me about 6 weeks to write and was born out of a couple situations that happened to me on social media in 2017 , but also it happened to two mum bloggers that I am big friends with. For me blog Love is important and then transferring to our daily lives. It can make the world a better place because it’s sure as hell a bit of mess at the moment.
    Thank you so much for mentioning me as you said when somebody takes the time comment it makes all the difference makes your day which this has Today. 🙂

    • 14 January 2018
      Reply

      Thanks Nige. I know from your twitter feed that you’re very vocal about your support for other bloggers, which I greatly admire 🙂

  2. 14 January 2018
    Reply

    Keeping the love going…
    I enjoy dipping in and out of different blogs. I like that feeling you get when you read something and find yourself nodding your head in agreement with a parenting blogger and want to reach out and give them a big virtual high five, so after reading this post that’s what I’m going to do. To often do I skip a comments section and not show my appreciation for what I just read.
    I feel quite fraudulent using the term “blogger” referring to myself as I just have a wee page I ramble on once a week, if it gets any sort of traffic sometimes that’s the support I need to make me write again but your right it’s nice to support others with a common interest.
    *virtual high five*

    • 14 January 2018
      Reply

      *virtual high five back*
      Cheers!

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