Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.
Why did you first enter the blogosphere? Was it to hear yourself talk? No, probably not. It was probably because you wanted to talk to other people out there. Find out how things were going in Idaho and Maui, London and Manila all without leaving your keyboard. Maybe you were looking for people who were just like you, or perhaps you wanted to branch out and step outside your comfort zone. So if we all have this common goal to interact, why does the blogosphere make it so challenging to have a real conversation?
The Comments section is pretty much all that bloggers have to conduct conversations in the blogosphere. And that is highly unsatisfactory as far as I am concerned. I leave comments all over the blogosphere on a weekly basis. How am I supposed to remember where I left all of those comments and go back to find out what the blogger had to say in reply? Most of the time I end up conducting conversations beyond the blog via e-mail. And although that is fun and in-depth, it only works one-on-one. What I need is a place to chat with my peeps. Without 140 character limitations. So what better place than right here in Bumble Town?
I've installed a Chat Box here on our blog to test out this idea of mine. You can find it by scrolling to the bottom of any post or by clicking on the **Live Chats** link up above, beneath the tabs. I was thinking of doing monthly chat sessions for anyone available and interested. It could be a fun Tuesday night social hour where we gossip and laugh and give each other pats on the back for being the awesome bloggers that we are. Or it could be an extension of a blog tip topic - a Friday night breakout session of sorts to help each other learn something new. Maybe it could be a place where guest bloggers could lead a Sunday afternoon chat about their particular passion - sharing recipes or book review techniques, gardening tips or telling jokes.
All I know is that I would love to make it work out somehow so that I could have a great conversation with small groups of you together - at the same time. Interacting, sharing, learning, laughing. Making the blogosphere multi-dimensional, the way I want it to be. How about you?
Would you be interested in monthly Bumble Town Chats? What would you want to chat about? When would you prefer to chat? Let me know in the Comments below (I know, back to the Comment conversations) and then I'll be sure to announce a schedule in an upcoming Friday "On Blogging" post.