Sunday, December 21, 2008

Community

When I talk about my blog to people, whether it be fellow bloggers or people who are unaware of the blog world I will often cite reasons for starting this whole blogging thing. I lurked the blogosphere blogless for over a year I think, I enjoy reading and being a grad student I often don't have enough time to really get into a good book and so rarely bother trying to read one. Blogs were different, they are like a long series told in many short segments and it was easier for me to read a post or two or 100 in my spare time (aka time I should be doing lit review, bleck). Another thing about blogs I found was that if I really liked something brought up in a post I could comment about it and therefore interact with the author, how cool is that?!

As is often the case reading one blog led to reading another and another and another... The blogs I read in the beginning were premie blogs but eventually that led to blogs written by non-premie parents. After awhile I noticed that there were these social clicks/rings between some of the blogs I read, this intrigued me. Not too long after this I was reading one of my newest favorites and came across this post. I got a good laugh out of it and commented, we had a comment and e-mail exchange in which we discussed the idea of my having a blog:

NukeDad: I know that a lot of people who read it [his blog] are bloggers themselves, are you a blogger?
Blogless Microblogologist: I am not a blogger myself, life as a grad student who doesn't get out much does not make for much amusing blog material*.
NukeDad: Keep in touch, cuz when you start your blog I want to be one of the first subscribers.

This exchange happened about two weeks before I started this blog. I had actually entertained the idea of starting one before but had concluded I would be the most boring blogger ever, him expressing interest in a blog by little ole' me made me think about it more seriously. After this conversation I talked to Baby Sibling about hypothetically starting a blog and we threw around some ideas of what I would call it and write about and she came up with "Microblogology" and I instantly fell in love and HAD to start the blog immediately.

Back to the concept of community, the topic of this post, I even named it that. Seeing how the different bloggers interacted and formed friendships definitely attracted me to joining the blogosphere and becoming one of them and not just be a lurker on the outside looking in. Life can be a little isolated when you live 350 miles from most of your family and friends and don't make friends that quickly/easily in general but especially in the college setting**. So I started the blog and it did not take that long for me to make a few friend in the blogosphere. Not too long ago (ok fine, forever ago), I was recognized for this in what I consider to be one of the best awards I have seen by WeaselMomma, this is so sweet of her (thanks WeaselMomma!) here it is: “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

How sweet is that?! Only problem I have is that I have to choose 8 people, there are WAY more than just 8 people in my blog roll who totally deserve this award, but here goes:
  1. NukeDad
  2. Nonna
  3. LiteralDan
  4. Sweetened Taters
  5. Missives from Suburbia
  6. Waltz in Exile
  7. Former Goat Nanny Diaries
  8. 7 Acres of Heaven
I see this as a sign that I have made it into the blogging community, a community that I am very proud to be a part of. I have witnessed several occasions that highlight how awesome the blog community is but the most recent example I have come across I think is a shining testament to just how great our community is. It all started here, on WeaselMomma's blog, her husband had lost his job and she jokingly suggested that her readers should help them out by clicking her google ad links***. What started as a joke ended up earning her almost $200 since all of us WeaselLovers started clicking her ads, she was amazed and so grateful that people took the time to actually click. It was exciting and fun since she would update us as to how much money was earned at the bottom of her posts. Then out of the blue it was over, google got rid of the ads program and never sent out the $200. And then, just like a pheonix rising from the ashes (a second time in a way), the blogging community rallied. They would NOT be beat by this, they WOULD help the Weasels! And thus the Save the Weasels' Christmas was born, run by Big Bad Daddy Rant and pimped by others, like NukeDad.

Unfortunately I got behind on my reading because I had to work and did not find out about this until now, too late to donate nor pimp it, left only to document the fact that not only did they manage to replace the $200 they managed to earn up $250! In the end it is not about the money, of course it helps, but this $250 means so much more than its face value. This money represents how people can come together in times of hardship to help someone out just because it is the nice thing to do. The moral of this story is that there is still good in this world, sometimes it seems hard to find but it is there. I don't know about you but this definitely helps restore some of my faith in humanity! And this act of unselfish love couldn't have been directed at a nicer family, I had the great honor of meeting them with my little Niecey over thanksgiving break and they are truely wonderful people.




~~~~~Copy LiteralDan Section~~~~~
*I must say I stand corrected, apparently a few people do find my world amusing.
**In my experience as both an undergrad and a grad student one tends to form a "buddyship" with someone that ends when the shared class ends. To me a real friendship is one that continues on, even if you don't talk much when you eventually do it is like nothing has changed, the majority of my friends that fit into this category are ones I have known since K-12.
***Google ad links was a blogger feature that allowed you to host some ads and if people clicked them the blogger would earn money from it, like 0.001 cents a click so it took a LOT of clicks for this feature to make a blogger much money.

14 comments:

Weaselmomma said...

I love the blogging community and am so glad that you are a part of it. You truly deserve that award.

nonna said...

thanks for the award, brat lol now i gotta DO something with it AND subject 8 others to do something?

just kidding, i am very honored to be listed among the other (much more) deserving writers. and i am soooo glad you decided to blog and that i found you too.

side note: it took me well over a month to realize that your name was microblogologist. my little brain just automatically read that as microbiologist for forever!

The Microblogologist said...

WeaselMomma: Thanks, it made my day when you gave it to me! I'd been meaning to write a post on it this whole time but was too busy with work. When I was catching up on your blog and saw what they had done it totally fit into a pretty neat post if I do say so myself ;).

Nonna: You're welcome, and blame WeaselMomma, she started it by giving it to me! I am glad that we have met, the blogosphere is so cool for facilitating people who would never otherwise connect with each other to become friends, it is fun and amazing =)!

Hehehe, I noticed that you were using microbiologist instead, I was waiting for you to notice it had a blog shoved in there. In my psych course for undergrad we learned about how people do not really read the whole word, the brain just pays attention to the beginning and end mostly and fills in the middle based on what they know. I sometimes have to pause when I write it, lol.

joshua said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Sharon

http://www.autoloans101.info

NukeDad said...

Thanks, Karen! I actually received this earlier from Tom @ Being Michaels Daddy, but I'm not complaining! I need to start a "bling" page anyway. Would it be bad taste to bling this twice? Hmm....

The Microblogologist said...

Geoff: I am pretty sure a poll of my readers would vote overwhelmingly that you deserve two copies of this friendship award! Disregard the fact that there would be more votes than readers, I am from the Chicagoland area and have readers from said city...

Note: You only get 2+ votes if you are dead or a resident of Cook County and voting for someone like the highly esteemed indicted governor. I hope my new hero realizes his job in my home state is far from done!

Susan said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Susan

http://www.car-insurance-choices.com

nonna said...

i think joshua/sharon/susan might be a split personality or maybe just a spammer, not sure which

p.s. i just published a comment from you and it freaking disappeared! you said something about wanting to go check someplace out...was that on my last post??

The Microblogologist said...

Nonna don't burst my bubble that the fake people don't really read and adore my blog, let me have my delusion of popularity! I've been waiting for someone to notice I let the pretty innocent seeming spam comments past moderation so I could use that line... I need to get out more! I was amused that the one seems to be like a split personality, or a transsexual/hermaphrodite, not that there is anything wrong with transsexuals and hermaphrodites of course.

I commented on the post from a million years ago about mammoth cave. I've never done the cave thing and think it would be interesting to see one, especially if it had cool stuff in it like bats and weird rocks that look like they might be giving me an obscene gesture... And what gives, I get busy and you start posting 100 posts a day?! I guess to make up for it you tried to get LiteralDan killed by suggesting he tell his wife her hip situation could be worse, seriously I love both of your blogs, no need to have him wacked by his wife, sharing is caring! (hehe)

Back to catching up on your blog (aka not packing) =).

waltzinexile said...

Awwww, thank you-- I have been so behind on my blog reading that I just now saw the lovely honor (and onus) you have bestowed... I will have to give this some thought while I do the post-holiday "purge and donate extravaganza" over the next few days.
Did you make it home for the break yet?

The Microblogologist said...

I drove over on Christmas day, got in too late for dinner but at least we made it. You're welcome on the award, you definitely deserve it! I'm all behind too, what gives with this grad school stuff interfering with blogging?!

LiteralDan said...

In all the hubbub, I never acknowledged this, and I feel awful-- I've added this award to my virtual display case.

Thanks so much, and please forgive me!

The Microblogologist said...

Dan: It took me awhile to acknowledge this award when WeaselMomma gave it to me so I certainly can't get mad at you! I more than understand being busy and reading your blog I know you are definitely a busy person. You are very welcome =).

Senioritis10 said...

Awwwwww!!! you put me in your post! I feel loved, just thought i'd let you know i'm blogging again. Spread the word!