Hello everyone! Welcome new subscribers!
I’m sitting here in one of my favorite summer coffee shop escapes, thinking about the life of my blog/website. My move over from the original Woman Wielding Words led to a HUGE drop in followers. Understandable, I suppose. I try not to take it personally. I have also noticed a general drop in posts from blogs I follow, and an overall drop in comments. So perhaps it’s simply that blogging has its ebb and flow. That’s okay too.
After all, it is summer and perhaps people are out living lives, enjoying nature and family, and avoiding technology. I’m all for that.
As much as I wish I could claim hundreds if not thousands of readers, I also realized something today. I’ve found the most joy out of blogging from the relationships I’ve formed. I love the discussions, the comments, the questions, the support. In the past, I’ve written a lot about the web of connections that joins us all, and the power of those relationships. They are the most wonderful things in life, whether those connections are made in the virtual blogosphere or in real life face to face contact.
However, I have been REALLY bad about that myself lately, because it’s time-consuming to read every blog, comment on every post, and create those relationships with everyone who fascinates me as a writer and a person.
Yet, each day a few more people sign up to read my words. Today I began to wonder, who are these people? What drew them to my blog? What are their interests? How do they spend their time? Where do they live?
You know, the questions you wonder as you get to know a new person. The questions that you learn about each other as you move from strangers to friends.
So today I would like to invite you to join me here at this coffee shop (which is called Hey Good Cookies! and has lots of good cookies). Take a seat, get some tea or coffee, and let’s get to know each other better.
New followers and long-term friends, use the comments to introduce yourselves. Then, perhaps, reply to someone else’s comment or make a new friend by visiting another person’s blog. I’d love to hear from the lurkers–the one’s too shy to make comments. This is a safe place, where you can drink a cup of tea and meet amazing people.
Unsure what to say? Here are some of the things I would love to know:
- What’s your real name, or (if you don’t want to share that) what name do you like to go by for comments and interactions?
- Where are you from?
- What drew you to blogging? What makes you follow a blog?
- What interests you in life?
- What do you do for fun?
- What makes you unique? Now, don’t say nothing. We all have unique things about us.
- What are your hobbies?
- What kind of books do you read?
- What kind of blog do you write?
- What fun/interesting/exciting things are you doing this summer (assuming you are in summer, if not what are you doing this winter).
- Where is your favorite place to travel?
- etc. etc. etc.
Now, of course, you don’t have to answer all these questions or any of these questions. Share what you wish and make a new connection or two or three. See you at the coffee shop.