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A Community of Caring

In the past, community was typically defined as a social, religious, occupational or other group whose members resided in a specific locality.  In today's world of  Internet technology and communication, community has come to encompass so much more. 

Last night I was thinking about my community of blogging friends.  It has grown tremendously since my first years as a blogger when there was a handful of us who regularly exchanged comments on our blogs.  In recent years I have seen my blogging family expand not just in terms of numbers, but in the wonderful diversity of folks I regularly interact with... people from all walks of life and from all around the world! 

People blog for so many different reasons... to create, to entertain and amuse, to journal, to vent, to heal, to teach, to encourage, to enlighten, to share their perspective or artistic talents, to uplift, and to inspire.  What we have in common is the desire to connect and communicate with each other. 

Over time we learn a lot about the people we blog with.  At the present time I have blog friends who are fighting cancer and other challenging medical issues, friends struggling to find jobs and feed their families, friends in relationships that are coming apart, friends with children who are in trouble, friends who have recently lost a loved one, friends who are battling mental health issues or dependencies, friends who are searching for faith and meaning, friends who are fighting lonliness, and friends who are struggling to stay alive. 

Time and again I see bloggers reaching out to each other with compassion, support, hugs, smiles, and the comfort of a few words that say "you matter to me and I care about you are going through".  It's gone far beyond reading posts and exchanging comments, to include emails, texts, snail mail, phone calls, prayers, and for some even visiting in person!  In my own life there was a time when I wouldn't have made it had it not been for a few blog friends determined to stand by me and help me find my way.  I will be forever grateful.

Blogging may have started out about being a place to share our writing and it's still a fantastic venue for doing that, but in the wonderful wisdom of the universe it has become a means of connecting people heart-to-heart. Blogging has evolved into a community of caring... a place where we can truly make a difference.  I like to think that's really why we're here! :-)

5 comments:

  1. AMEN JOSIE AMEN!!! I have found hope in our wonderful blog community and well life without HOPE is no life at all! Thank you HUGS & prayers & LOVE dear beautiful sister/friend!!!

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  2. What a very nice post, Josie. I agree. Blogging is a wonderful way to connect. I, too, am very thankful for my blogger friends.
    And what a nice comment from Janice!

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  3. I totally agree Josie! You said it all so well. I think of you all as blog family, and friends. I love to pray for the needs of my blog friends...and I always feel free to ask for prayers when I have a need.

    I think it is a wonderful source of encouragement. I enjoy blogging so much. Several people I know have stopped blogging. I think it is easier for them in their busy lives just to tweet or to post on facebook. I do those too...but it isn't quite the same as blogging.

    Thank you for reading my blog and for commenting. You are a sweetie.

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

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  4. This is so so true. At a point when I considered giving up blogging and letting mine go, I was not yet a part of a blogging community. I am so glad I hung on because it was right around the time I came upon so many of you!! I couldn't imagine my life without my blog friends now. As incredibly busy as my life has become with a new semester, and a new position, I WANT to be here because you all are truly important to me and I couldn't imagine walking away.

    Wonderful post! Thankful for Josie!

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  5. I agree with you, that a blogging community can be just as valuable, as the traditional community that was limited by proximity. It is true, though, that many people who meet in cyberspace, prefer to relate to others who have like opinions, religious belief, or political point of view. I don’t think that has changed much. But of course, there are always exceptions. Beautiful post, Josie.

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