Blogging is both individual and communal. If you’re feeling too isolated and not connected enough, try one of these supportive blogging communities.
Part of what makes your blog a “blog” instead of a personal diary is the way it connects you to other people: when you’re blogging, you’re part of a global network. Hopefully, you’re already making the most of that by reading other blogs, leaving comments, and engaging with your own readers.
Participating in community-run blog events is another fantastic way to connect with other bloggers. Along with The Daily Post‘s daily prompt, weekly photo challenges, and Blogging U. courses, there are many more blogger-run events on every topic imaginable, like:
A long-running and ever-popular event, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields‘ Friday Fictioneers brings together hundreds of writers from all over the world to share 100-word stories based on a prompt or inspirational photo.
Not only is Friday Fictioneers a way to try your hand at a new kind of storytelling — or a low-impact way to try fiction writing — it has a large and incredibly supportive community of participants who are always ready to visit fellow writers’ interpretations and leave both praise and thoughtful, constructive feedback. It’s fascinating to read the variety of quick takes on the prompt, and motivating to see how this community of writers lifts one another up.
Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge
Photographer and blogger Cee loves the art of photography — and loves sharing it with people almost as much. On Cee’s Photography, this community-minded shutterbug runs five different photo events each week to inspire and connect photographers of all levels.
We particularly love Thursday’s event, the Black and White Photo Challenge for helping budding photographers look at their subjects in new ways. Weekly themes as varied as “Shoes and Feet,” “Glass,” “Fences,” and “Faraway,” push you out of your photographic comfort zones, and her helpful tips (and the feedback of other participants) help you improve your eye.
The Blacklight Candelabra
Interested in giving in-person events a try in 2015? WordPress.com’s new conference series by and for bloggers, Press Publish, kicks off next month.
If you spend time on The Daily Post you’ve probably seen Bumblepuppies, writer of a blog by the same name, commenting or helping other bloggers in the Community Pool. Never content to rest on his blogging laurels, he now runs The Blacklight Candelabra, where he offers a new writing challenge each Monday.
Recent challenges invite participants to listen to a piece of music, sketch out a character based on your impressions of the music, and write a post involving the character; or to re-write a famous quote and then describe a world in which your new idiom is true. If you’re missing The Daily Post‘s weekly writing challenges, you’ll find some familiar faces and ideas to provoke and inspire over on The Blacklight Candelabra.
Around the World Reading Challenge
Challenges can go beyond the blog, too. On Booking It, blogger Debra shares her twin passions, reading and travel, and invites you to join in, with the Around the World Reading Challenge. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: to read and blog about six books in 2015: one book by a writer, living or dead, from each continent.*
We’re barely more than a month into 2015, but the challenge page is already filling with links to bloggers’ takes on books by Nadine Gordimer (Africa), Haruki Murakami (Asia), Hilary Mantel (Europe), and more. It’s a great way to broaden your own reading horizons, get recommendations for authors you might never have stumbled across, make some new friends, and grow your blog — a win-win if ever there was one!
Been thinking about starting your own event, but not sure where to start? Try our step-by-step guide to being the perfect host.
None of these floating your blogging boat? These four are just the tip of the blogging iceberg (bliceberg?). There are dozens more options in our Community Event Listings (and many, many more just a Google search away).
Is there a blogging event you love, or do you run one? Share! (And why not submit it to the Community Event Listings page?)
*There’s no requirement for an Antarctic author, but if you find a long-lost Emperor Penguin memoir, I’m sure you can petition for bonus points.
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