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What makes the relationship or network between bloggers?
Is it the interaction? Is it subscribing to their blog and leaving comments? Are you doing this, whether you want to or not, and skimming through the content, just so you can say you support their site?
Can you maintain a connection with a blogger when you aren't reading their blog? Or is a relationship with another blogger based on connecting with them on some level? What if you have great respect and inspiration from them, even if their site just doesn't personally appeal to you?
As Vyque pointed out earlier this week, it's okay to say “I'm not a professional blogger!” Part of that is realizing that sometimes real life, day jobs, kids, sickness, weddings and moving takes over. As I step back and focus on my own day life, hit MARK ALL AS READ in Google Reader, I began to ask myself, “What part does reading blogs play in the blogging community?” or “If I hit unsubscribe, how much will it matter if I still click through Twitter links, retweet, chat with them, and/or email them?”
How much of being part of the community comes down to strictly reading the blog?
Some fabulous bloggers shared their thoughts (at only 140 characters, no less!):
@angelineevans I think reading each others' blogs often makes the initial connection, but no, I don't think it's necessary after that.
@flyingfabu Probably not often. Blogs are expressions of character to some extent, reading as part of the relationship just makes sense
@wolfwhistle You can have a Twitter relationship!
@finalfashion I have so many blogger buds, chat lots on twitter & IRL, even tho we admit to checking each other's sites only occasionally.
@trashtastika I think reading is the start of it, but after a while, emails, twitter, gmail chats etc keep the rel'ship going 🙂
@mmarzipan there are some bloggers that I feel connected to, but don't read their blogs. I think it's possible..
@slowsouthstyle here are a few bloggers that I maintain a rapport w/ that I'm certain don't read mine & vice versa. We just connect off & on & that is fine. However You can't make a connection if you NEVER read their blog. Need to know a little about them at least.
@fuyumeuk i think if you communicate on twitter then reading their blog isn't vital.
Befriending bloggers and not supporting their blog isn't ideal, and it's certainly not recommended. However, when real life takes a step forward and your blogging takes a step back, are there more valuable ways to show support than through their actual blog? Is no contact better than not commenting? What do you think?