Thursday, October 3, 2013
Blogging & Fly Fishing: A Sense Of Community
You, Pond Stalker, can go fishing! Forget about the flood. That is the past. Presently, the effort being applied by all those who have gave time and money into helping assist with the clean up mess and the do-overs in Northern Colorado is well on its way. We as Coloradans will rise again! Let there be time and we will see sparkling waters, beautiful trout, ponds filled with Bluegill and Bass. Those, big ol' Carp, ain't going nowhere we can't find one with a little effort.
You know having lived through the Flood of 2013 in Colorado, and, seeing the relief efforts that are in place brings forth with pride the great Sense of Community that we have here where I live. It is truly remarkable!
With that being said, I would like to direct this post to the Sense of Community that we all share in the blogging world with our blogs, and, with our individual fly fishing interests whatever they may be.
I have been a Blog writer for many years now, and while I in no way consider myself to be an expert at anything, I do have lots of experience and thoughts about the concept of Sense of Community via blogging. Good blogs have to have regular content. Good blogs must be able to capture the reader with information that they can use and apply in their own life experience. Good blogs must draw the reader back in the future wanting to read more about what you have to share with them.
The Sense of Community on a blog begins with the post, acquiring some readers, readers being willing to post a comment in regards to the post, and finally, the blog author taking the time to respond to those comments given by his or her readers. Pictures, videos, Blogrolls of your favorite blogs etc, all bring about a sense of community to a blog.
As an example, on the Pond Stalker Blog, down the right sidebar you will see Picture Links that take you to just a few of the many blogs I enjoy from other fly fishing or outdoor oriented blogs. In this case, I have linked up to the most reliable group of folks who have been long term supporters of my blog writing. They visit often, they comment often, offer wit and advice, and give me the feeling that they enjoy being a part of this community. This particular group of bloggers have followed me all over the road map of blogging for at least (5) years that I know of, probably more. I am willing to add others there also as the Pond Stalker blog grows, since this is a newer blog, as supporters come forward to share in the Sense of Community.
Note also that I have decided to go forth with a Facebook page for the Pond Stalker. Lots of stuff over there that you won't see here, So make sure you hit the the Facebook "Like" button and see what is going on on the Pond Stalker Facebook page!
I realize I am getting a little long winded here, but, the Sense of Community is just that. I read dozens and dozens of well written blogs every week and leave comments on those blogs on a majority of the posts I read. Let me wrap this up by saying how frustrating it is too me to leave a comment on another fishing blog, wanting to be a part of that community, only to "never" have the blog author respond to not only mine, but, any of the comments left by other readers. It happens way more than you think! There are those that respond to comments on their blog and always make you feel welcome, Those are not the ones I am talking about here. I am just asking that you do a little self evaluation of your blog. Do you respond to your readers? Do you provide them a Sense of Community? If not, you might find that the Sense of Community is the very reason your blog is getting less views or maybe just less comments being provided.
Hope you all stayed with me through this ramble! I like the Sense of Community!