Blogging builds connections

A few day’s ago Dave Winer wrote this on his blog.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a group of bloggers, people who write regularly, who are friends but might view things differently, but agree to read each other’s pieces and speak up if they had something to say. They would know what they said would be read by other bloggers.

It’s a nice idea and one that he’s had before. As a founder of Radio Userland, this is how we did blogging in the early 2000’s. Read something on a blog, and comment on your own linking to the original. Always respectfully. Sometimes in a long chain of responses back-and-forth.

It’s how I met Euan Semple, Matt Mower, and Terry Frazier. They might not invite me to stay a few days if I visited, but we’d certainly find somewhere to share a meal and have a good chat if I was in town and half-way across the world from my home.

For years and years however my blogging has been sporadic as I got caught up in the story of blog to create an audience according to formula X. I’d forgotten that I’d created an audience in the past just by being me.

Today, I blogged to comment on a blog post from Euan. It felt different. It felt connected. Expect more of that in the future.

Some additional thoughts:

  • Like Radio Userland of old, WordPress lets other bloggers know when one of their blog posts has been linked elsewhere. That’s how links to newly found bloggers are made.
  • You don’t need to blog to build such connections. You can do the same with responding to forum posts in any of the forums you follow.
  • I can’t get this to work for me in Twitter, though I know many can. 140-280 characters is not enough.

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