"Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It's often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through your Blogosphere?"
Hmm, I've always considered myself with no friends. I've mostly gained just networking connections for the most part. I do share, inviting anyone to follow down this strange trail with me. For years, I've been mostly the outsider within writing circles. So, I had to create my own circle and branch out from most writing groups and sites.
Perhaps though there has been a few from the Insecure Writer's Support Group. I just had to make myself fit somewhere. Coincidentally, Alex Cavanaugh, the founder of Insecure Writer's Support Group. Getting a Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder removal) was my very first surgery and I had a difficult time with the surgeon refusing to be held accountable for complications I had. I blogged about my recovery process from day one, and even now as I remain to battle with health problems. There are those who went through this process with me, one of them being Alex Cavanaugh.
What's interesting about blogging I think, it's that you can build your own community. You can attract those with the same interests. I've been trying to think about this question though. I know there were some who read my posts at the beginning. Also, those who followed my health updates; I find these special and anyone who chooses to read my posts. Through blogging, I was able to develop relations with people across the globe. My audience is pretty international which is great to me.
What's great to me, I have opportunities to share life where I live, for those who never been to Minnesota and the United States.
I must acknowledge those on Linkedin who revealed they've been reading my posts. I would like to thank those who told me they enjoyed reading my blog.
This is also a time to mention the viewers in Germany who were my first readers. They were there when I first started this blog when I obviously didn't know how to blog. Thank you also for supporting my Twitch channel. They always tend to overlook errors that I make.
T. Ponder is one I have gained a networking connection with through my blogs. He told me he's been reading my blog since the beginning as well. We now follow each other on other social media. Mostly, my community comes from Tumblr, Twitter, Linkedin, Youtube, iTalki, Instagram and Facebook. I just found out there were those worth keeping on Facebook. They mostly consists of the Russian language groups (who teach Russian), and I have met (virtually) those from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. I at first didn't have the blogger follow button, and so many just follow through email or other sources.
So, I don't think many come from the writing world, but they are still nice to have. I made a post thanking those who have been reading my posts, and I continue to say thank you.