Monday, April 29, 2013

On Community

So I feel like I've been (mostly) back on my blogging game lately with fairly regular posts and new ideas and all that junk. But one area I feel is lacking a bit is the community aspect - I used to find new blogs and leave comments and talk to new people all the time - and I just haven't been able to get back into that habit recently.

It would be cool if anyone who sees this post would leave a comment just saying hi, leaving your blog link (or twitter or shop or whatever), and maybe asking questions or leaving suggestions for blog posts or topics or anything else really. You could even email me (wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com) and we could talk about guest posting or maybe being featured here in some way (I've been thinking about bringing this back... good idea/bad idea??) Mainly, I just want to start conversations with people again, as I have always felt that was one of the coolest parts about blogging. So talk to me and let's be best friends forever.

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  1. I've noticed the same kind of thing lately myself. I've been more of a wallflower in the blog world, and I really miss being more active. I hope you find that sense of community again!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone. I just feel like a lot of the blogs I used to read aren't around anymore and I don't remember how I used to find new blogs so easily...

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  2. Ha. Community is so important and I also feel like I've been lacking. One thing I've been focusing on lately is how I got to this moment. Right now. What choices did I make along the way to get me here. Obviously life is made up of a bunch of different forks in the roads, but can you think of 1 choice that you made that was so important, that maybe if you had chosen differently, you would be some place else?

    By the way, longtime reader, but this is the first time I've commented! It's probably time I delurk myself...

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    1. I do that with so many blogs! Even when I have something to say, I usually end up just reading more and then forgetting to leave my comment (oops!) Anyway, wow, that's a good question. I guess quitting my full-time job to freelance was the "biggest" decision I've made recently. But I'm a firm believer that all the little decisions add up to be just as important. So I'm pretty sure that where I chose to go to breakfast one morning may have also changed my life in some way. It's weird to think about!

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  3. Hey, girl, hey. (According to my students, I say that a lot so I've decided to own it online and off. Thoughts?)

    I think community is an important part of blogging. Otherwise, it's like you're talking to yourself, ya know? And if you're anything like me, you already do that enough... I struggle with feeling community-less too or, more accurately, like I'm trying to fit into multiple communities and have a half a foot in each. It's a hard balance.

    You already know my Twitter, but my new-ish blog is here. It's pretty random over there but we should totally trade guest blogs or do silly questions.... something! I also have Creative Kin if the urge to write something artsy career/freelance related ever strikes you.

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    1. Own it, girl! I totally talk to myself all the time, but I guess I don't want to broadcast that on the internet (with the exception of right now). And yes, I think we should probably trade guest blogs AND do silly questions! I really miss coming up with those weird topics.

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    2. Sounds like a plan to me! Guest blogging and silly questions it. I love coming up with that kind of stuff too.

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  4. hey Im here! and I feel you, I am in the same boat, but let's talk and exchange ideas and stuff!!

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    1. Yes, let's! I just stopped by your blog too :)

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  5. Hi! I've been stopping by your blog ever since you mentioned my Nsync wreath! Nice to meet ya!
    morgangesell.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh my gosh that's so cool! I love that wreath so much! So nice to meet you too!

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  6. I'm in the same boat as you. That year I took away from blogging really turned me into a wallflower and now I feel awkward trying to join the community again. It's like when you and a friend grow apart and then all of a sudden you want to be best friends again.

    It's going to take some time to get back in the groove of things but I think forcing myself to not be so shy is what's going to help. I know when people comment on my blog it always means a lot to me, so if I can make someone else feel that way then I'm happy. And if friendships come out of it, then it's even better!

    Anyways, I hope we can both find our sense of community again :)

    P.S. even when I fell off the face of the earth, I never stopped loving your blog <3

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    1. Well, I never stopped being jealous of your year at Disney World, either! It's totally understandable to take some time away from blogging so you can enjoy experiences like that. I didn't do anything exciting for that long, but I have taken some breaks so I know exactly how you feel - I think wallflower is a good way to describe it.

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  7. Hi Annie,
    Just saw your post in the BizSugar community and wanted to reach out and say hello. You're right. Community is one of the coolest parts of having a website. It's a pretty cool part of running a business too. Thanks for the great post, however short. I think the message is clear. Reach out and connect!

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  8. Excellent post! I love this idea. I know we follow each other on instagram, so there's that! But I'm with you, I have stopped commenting on a lot of people's blogs because I just didn't find that it was actually building community, but hey, look at you go, making it happen. LOVING it!
    Are you enjoying your colour coded book shelf (says me, the instagram creep)

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