A blogging community consists of people who have similar area of interest and discuss in a blog (Anthony, 2009). A blogging community is essential to being a successful blogger. Through a blogging community, you are also creating a name and reputation for who you are and what you have to say. Community is alive and well in the blogosphere. It is emerging in a variety of patterns and manifesting in all sizes and types of communities (White, 2006).
A blogging community can be created by:
- Take the lead and be the community that you want your readers to be – readers follow the lead of bloggers in how they’ll interact with each other
- Ask Questions – the key to more comments and interaction on a blog
- Link to reader’s blogs
- Answer reader’s questions
- Invite Readers to Take the lead with guest posts, giving advice to each other etc
- Mention readers in your blog
- Allow comments for everyone
Blog researcher Efimova (2006) suggests the communities formed around an author-centred blog are likely to depend more on the connections of blog-readers with the blogger personality than the topics she covers.
Anthony 2009, What is a Blogging Community?, The Travel Tart, viewed on 17 November 2009, http://www.thetraveltart.com/what-is-a-blogging-community/.
Efimova, L 2006, Author-centred vs. topic-centred blogging, Mathemagenic, viewed on 17 November 2009, http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2006/08/14.html.
Rowse, D 2008, How to Build Community on Your Blog, ProBlogger, viewed on 17 November 2009, http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008/04/26/how-to-build-community-on-your-blog/.
White, N 2006, Blogs and Community – launching a new paradigm for online community?, Australian Flexible Learning Network, viewed on 17 November 2009, http://kt.flexiblelearning.net.au/tkt2006/edition-11-editorial/blogs-and-community-%E2%80%93-launching-a-new-paradigm-for-online-community.