What is it about … our community here in WordPress that you like or dislike?
Whilst l have other social community platforms at my disposal and that l am signed up to the likes of Facebook and Twitter [the latter being Scrappy’s] l don’t use them in a communal way and haven’t done so properly for roughly 17 months – yes folks, since joining the WordPress Community l have become way less community orientated with the aforementioned platforms.
In truth, l wasn’t overly social in the first place, perhaps with the exception of Twitter but l felt obligated to be artificially social there due to the very nature of the application – Twitter is fast, Facebook is slower – but neither particularly felt like home.
Since l started blogging l have at times found myself overwhelmed by the way this community rolls, it’s openess and ability to welcome those new to the fold. The willingness to offer help and support has been astonishing, and as corny as this reads, l feel l had finally found my tribe. Like minded souls who shared my loves for words and fun, creativity and inventiveness, and allowed me to be who l was and not give me a hard time for just being me.
Apart from a few altercations l have never felt like l didn’t belong here, and that if anything it was quite the opposite and for me especially l felt like the bar Cheers …
… and their theme tune “Where everyone knows your name’.
Of course during my travels l have read both comments and posts where not everyone feels that way, and asUrsula of An Upturned Soul pointed out, there are times when you simply clash personality wise with another blogger/writer – your personalities simply don’t gel.
But those moments are very few and far between and l find that the community here at WP is very forgiving and patient, as well as understanding. So when l say that l regard everyone here as my tribe, l do indeed mean that.
Since being here, l have learned a lot about myself, as well as surprised myself – l am not that social in the real world, because l don’t particularly like people, but l should clarify that a little more – l don’t like society, l happen to like people a great deal as they are so wonderfully fascinating.
I try to be as community orientated as l can, and at times l fail miserably. I am terrible at finding balance between my writing and visiting other blogs and commenting, it’s a flaw, but one that l am working on. I have improved vastly in the last couple of months, although my readers might think l am still somewhat tardy. Of all those that follow me, l have a dedicated readership of around 100 people, l remember Victoria of Ray Not Bradbury writing about the facts and figures of statistics of followers versus readerships and audiences, and that my figure of 100 or 5 – 10% is about right in reference to my overall actual followers figure.
I try to interact and engage with those 100 every month, and it does prove hard, as said yes l am more social here, but l still struggle with sociality as a concept and l always have, so whilst l still might be slower than others, l do assure you l am much better than l was. I do my morning call out to 3 bloggers a day, as a hello to them, to let them know, that l am still thinking of them, but l simply cannot get to all of them each and every day.
With the games l offer, this too is a way of encouraging interaction from my readership, no different to many blogs who additionally offer prompts, so whilst l don’t offer word prompts l offer puzzles and games. But what l do so love about this community is their patience for allowing me to get better at being better.
I try to be if anything a connector of blogs, l always try to leave thoughtful comments instead of something horribly generic, l never like a post unless l have read it, as that just seems terribly wrong, l respond to my commenters as best as l can, l share or Blog Nod as Ursula calls it as much work from other writers as l am able, and above everything l try and offer out as much diversity to the readership as l can, so all in, l try to do my uttermost to be community minded. But l do have failings and flaws, but don’t we all?
But tha’s me, how about you?
What do you like or dislike about the community here in WordPress?
Are there things that simply don’t gel with you? Are there things perhaps you simply don’t like about community anyway, and you find that here those dislikes are present.
What are your expectations of a community in the first place, if you have any?
Are you community orientated, or do you prefer more of a secluded environment with a much smaller circle?
What advice perhaps would you award another who was looking to build up a rapport with their own audience and readership that make up their own community?
Let me know below in the comments section.