One of the most important and rewarding aspects of blogging is the community. I’ve met some very talented people here over the past three years and am grateful to now call a number of them friends in real life. As I’ve written before, the secret to blogging success is getting involved and interacting – who knows who you’ll meet?
Whenever I have questions or need advice, I’m thankful I can turn to my blogging buddies and pick their brains. But what if you’re just starting out on your WordPress journey and haven’t yet built up that support network? It can be difficult to know where to turn to for unbiased opinions on your site design or guidance about something you’re writing. And what do you do if you’re looking for real answers from people who know what they’re talking about – rather than just the generic recommendations provided by a Google search?
When I started thinking about this late last year, I realised there’s no simple way for us to get good advice about our hobby. You could reach out to other bloggers via email but might not feel comfortable being so direct, and you may not even know who to contact. Whether you’ve been blogging for years or have just taken your first steps, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge and experience here within the community; so how can we share that and learn from each other even more?
As mentioned in my resolutions post yesterday, something new I’d like to try for 2020 is #BloggerTalk. This is a weekly event that will take place over on Twitter between 21:00 and 22:00 GMT every Thursday. There’ll be a different blogging theme each month with a question connected to it both tweeted and posted here at Later Levels each week, and everyone is invited to share their thoughts. This event isn’t strictly for gaming bloggers: everybody is welcome to join in, regardless of what their blog is about.
January’s theme is ‘looking forward’ and the first #BloggerTalk question will be announced at 21:00 GMT this evening. Feel free to share your answers in the post comments or in a response published on your own blog, but head to Twitter if you can. The more people involved in the discussion, the more we’ll learn from each other, and hopefully these weekly events will be a safe space for us to talk, hear other writers’ thoughts and even make some new blogging friends.
If you’re a long-time blogger, perhaps you’d be willing to share some of your experience and help guide those who are new. And if you’ve just joined the community, welcome – you’re part of one of the best and most supportive groups out there. I look forward to seeing you all tonight for the first #BloggerTalk.
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.