Welcome to the community

2017 has seen a new breed of bloggers join the community, and many I’ve connected with. Do you remember what it was like when you first started out?

I remember not having a clue there was a community, feeling I was on my own, but that might have just been me. I might have isolated myself, as I wasn’t exploring opportunities to connect with others.

You might have seen already this year, that in one way or another, I’m tweeting loads about what blogger chats are on, creating fun community games on my profile or creating some kind of poll.

I’m using 2017 to learn more about the blogging community and today, I want to talk about ‘newbie’ bloggers.

Connecting with many ‘newbie’ bloggers is giving me a chance to learn what it’s like to be a 2017 blogger. Blogging is always developing and by interacting with ‘newbie’ bloggers, I’m able to teach myself the kind of content that’s needed to help them with their journey.

I didn’t have this sort of person in my network when I started out, but boy I wish I did! If I had someone to go to, I might have connected with others in the blogging community sooner, but I didn’t.

Things happen for a reason and with my 2 words for 2017; collaborative community, being my main focus this year, I want to do what I didn’t have when I started out.

One aspect of the blogging world I love is the support we give one another. OK, it’s not always the case, but we need to remember we’re representing the blogging world.

All the bitchiness and snide comments towards others is only damaging a ‘newbie’s’ opinion.

Did I join up to something, but now regret it? I didn’t think the blogging world was like this?!

Know the saying, first impressions count?

This always means giving ‘newbie’ bloggers a reason to be proud of their decision. When I’m in a chat, I always look out for ‘newbie’ bloggers and welcome them to the community.

How many of us do this? How many of us do a small act of kindness?

Manners are being lost at times in the blogging community, and it’s not setting a good example. I embrace individuality and personality, but if you have nothing good to say, don’t say it!

We, as a community, need to think about every action. Every action that represents who we are and the community.

The blogging community isn’t about ‘I’. It’s about ‘us’, ‘we’, ‘our’. This includes the most experienced bloggers and ‘newbie’s’ working together and uniting as one, not as individuals.

Once we understand that our actions speak more than a million words, then we’ll know how important a collaborative community is.

A collaborative community stands for others supporting one another and embracing their personality, and this goes to welcoming ‘newbie’ bloggers to the community.

If you’re reading this and new to the blogging world…WELCOME!

Welcome to the blogging world! I’m John and I talk too much about my lack of hair!


Last note: Should we be stereotyping the term ‘newbie’?


7 thoughts on “Welcome to the community

  1. Great post, thanks for writing. Certainly find your blogger public service announcement tweets very helpful indeed, and thanks for making me feel welcome as a newcomer into the blogniverse.

    Unfortunately, you do realise all too quickly that there is quite a bit of negativity in the community. Think it’s great to have constructive debate or differences of opinions, but does come back to how you word things! Easy enough to avoid and not get caught up in a mud slinging session though, so all good.

    It’s been a fun couple of weeks. Had some great comments and emails about my posts, so that is a positive start. Just need to finish writing my bloody book now!

    Thanks again for your assistance and support. It really does help.


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  2. I’m definitely a newbie and I am still learning the ins and outs of blogging. When I see someone who is a bit more fresh on the blogging scene, I follow them and welcome them to the wonderful world of blogging. I offer my support and let them know that I’m still learning as well so we can grow together. Thank you for always being kind and supportive John! This was a great post for a still “newbie” like me. 🙂

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  3. As a ‘newbie’ I really appreciated this post! Thank you so much for your help and support so far, you’re a lovely person and so helpful and insightful about the blogging community.

    Can’t wait for your next post!


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