The Fellowship of the Bloggers (An observation)
DISCLAIMER: This post is just an observation of the writer. You have the right to react or give out your own point of view or idea, but be constructive enough and respect the idea of the writer. After all, this is my blog. Respect is highly recommended.
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A well-known blogger texted me and invited me for a meet up (eyeball) with other bloggers one night. Since I do not have the right to name names and since I respect each others privacy and their plea not to post any pictures from that meet up (at least for 2 months?), let’s just named and hide the blogger who texted me as Ms. Well-Known Blogger. Anyways, I was invited and so I said yes.
I never imagined that on that particular day, I will create a post out of that meet up. This is the second time to be with a group of bloggers but this one was unforgettable. Nothing really fancy happened on that evening, but it’s just a night full of realization and awareness of what is commonly happened during meet ups. At least my circle of blogger friends is now growing as I happened to meet 5 new faces on the blogosphere. Though I visited their blogs maybe once or many times but seeing them face to face is such an honor. Thanks guys (you know who you are!)
Since I’m not an active participants in meet ups and eyeball with other bloggers or any events, I only knew few bloggers, those whom I get in touch with and had a constant communication through facebook, twitter, through text or those who constantly visit my blog and religiously leave some comments. I am a shy type specially meeting up with people I do not know (yet). But the shyness and timidity will only last for a few hours and will eventually expire when I’m at ease and comfortable with the people I meet.
Getting to know YOU, getting to know all about YOU
Due to my shyness and silent type characteristic (laugh out loud!), I got the chance to observed and determined common questions they normally ask about you. It’s actually a getting to know each other or probably to break the ice and shyness in you. It’s also the chance for you to be open to them and make you feel that you belong to the group. I listed the some of the common questions they normally ask. You might add some on the list.
· What’s your name?
· What’s the URL of your blog?
· What’s the name of your blog?
· Where do you live?
· What’s your line of work?
· How old are you?
From those questions, it’ll start the conversation and will lead to a more meaningful discussion with them. When the ball starts rolling, you start to laugh with them, crack some jokes with them and you feel the camaraderie. Most bloggers normally have sense of humor, though I meet a lot of bloggers who are just like me, silent at first but deadly in the end (laugh out loud again!).
Topics commonly offered on the table
Normally, when bloggers situate in a table where food and drinks is overflowing, the conversation goes on and on. The topics actually vary from personal to professional level, but common topics are:
· Which one is better Wordpress or Blogspot?
· Future events and activities (those that will promote blogging)
· A unforgettable post from a blogger
· Sharing of events that you participated
· Unforgettable experience in a conference/event/activities (for bloggers)
· Personal life (love life to be exact) of a Blogger.
I realized that meeting up with other bloggers; you will learn so many things from them. You’ll get the chance to know them personally and the type of life they have as a regular employee, as blogger, as a person, and as a citizen to the community.
Blogging has been my avenue to express what I feel inside; whether it’s an experience I got from my past or a new discovery. To others, blogging could be their way of releasing stress and expressing their opinion and as a person. To some, blogging is a way of life, a way of living by earning through blogging. But whatever purpose that we have, what’s important is giving time to know the people behind that blog. It’s a plus if you appreciate not only the blog but the person behind it.
Kudos to all bloggers!