Often us folks who spend (a blummin' great big portion of our) time online refer to the space we share as our community.
I think I like this definition of what community is the most from those I searched out - 'a unified body of individuals'. Nothing fancy, just does what it says on the tin; it's a space we all arrived at individually, but now share together as one.
That's what is so great about this world wide websiphere of ours - it unites us via the means by which we choose it to; be it our blogs, through social media, or via some other path of communication. And it shrinks our HUMONGOUS world down into manageable bites, allowing the dreams we had as children - to have pen pals across the world (anyone else ever that one?) - to come true, as well as offering us the opportunity to connect with others who share common interests, goals, wishes, thoughts......and puts smiles on our faces in doing so.
Now, do tell me, what isn't wonderful about that?!
I must admit that I can sometimes forget - as someone who is active on social media - that it could feel as though the community I often so strive to create and be a part of across there may mean that there's a distinct lack-of such a feel over here. But trust me when I say, however, that I take your investment in me and my tales to be no less important than of that put in by those I may tweet hello each day. My words come to life via those who read them; I love writing, I love moulding and filling this space with my thoughts, but you - all of you - make it that extra bit special.
Boy - that's quite some talent you've got.
To put it in terms of cake - because, why wouldn't you? - you're the buttercream icing (or frosting, whichever takes your linguistical-fancy) on top of my red velvet, and lets be jolly honest here, my tales just wouldn't be the same without that extra layer of good-ness on top.
Collaborations with friends
I've come to realise (a little slowly, it seems!) that, for those of you who don't ever get to see my tweets (golly, are you missing out!), it's unlikely you're ever have the opportunity to hear about my collaborations with fellow bloggers, unless I share about them on this space.
So, that's exactly what I'm doing today!
Trina - a fellow blogger, creative-extraordinaire, and one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend - and I are collaborating over on her beautiful space. I picked a quote to share - the beautifully put 'Invest in people who invest in you', from Alison of The Alison Show - and we're chatting about what those words mean to us on Trina's Of Trees and Hues.
Not only that, but we're inviting all of you to take part, as Trina has opened it up as a blog hop. So, please do head on over and share your thoughts on what we had to say.
This month's post in Kate's 'How do you deal?' series is the third I've now collaborated with Clear The Way on - beside a bunch of luverly bloggers - and each new entry has offered an intriguing and thought-provoking topic to interact with.
Published in Kate's Feminist Fridays category, the question posed allows for us to discuss thoughts on ideas in relation to our feminism; before 'guilty pleasures' we spoke of disapproval, and - before that - leering, and each time I've received the email from Kate with her new question I've had a really fantastically brain-ticking-time putting together my answer to it.
The series is such a motivating one to be a part of, therefore I absolutely encourage you to become so; it certainly will get you thinking more about topics you may never have broached before, or get you thinking about those you have in a different way!
Before I go
I know the internet can be daunting, so if you're struggling to find yourself a place in the community, or to wade through the great magnitude of voices in search of those that call to you, I'd love to help you do just that!
Let's all invest in this community.