I’m trying to find out where I fit in, where I belong in this virtual world separated by domain names, niches, categories, and comments. Growing up I was taught that it isn’t about fitting in. It is about being an individual. It’s about being – you. Being you meaning me, being me. It’s about me being me. And me – I – long for the sense of community shared amongst members of the same niche. I’m not saying that I am not going to me or that I don’t want to be me but I kind of want to fit in too. I want to feel that sense of community I see when I travel across the blogosphere clicking on domain names, categories and reader comments. Over the past couple weeks I have been amazed to see how many bloggers are members of the same community aka niche. Everyone talks about the notion of a village raising a child but what about a blogger who raises a blogger? Yes, literally I’m grown but I am hardly done growing. And by raising I mean UP. I see the blogging world as a community – a village in which support is absolutely necessary. You see the writer writes in order for their voice to be heard but if no one listens….It is the community – the village that listens to the vice of it’s own, that reads the words that were shared with the world, that comments, offers their feedback and their encouragement ultimately raising the writer UP. A desert island in the form of a blog is no fun I would think. Unless solidarity is ones’ thing. I think it is the village that reminds the writer – the blogger- that their story matters when they seem to have forgotten. It is the village that reminds it’s own that they are not alone. Like a best friend or a spouse they share your sorrows but also your joys and somehow genuineness and kindness manages to transcend virtual boundaries causing a moment of closeness sometimes not even felt with the people physically before you. I am trying to find my village and where I fit in in the blogosphere. I’m in search of my place my niche the place where I fit in and at the same time feel free to be me and no one else. And it simply by writing – just writing that I feel as if I am getting closer and closer to finding my way. Or maybe I am already in the right place. Maybe where I am right now at this moment is where I am supposed to be. Perhaps it’s time to unpack and stay awhile. Maybe I didn’t need to go off and search for my niche. Maybe I just needed to write. Just write.
I’m linking up with Heather of The Extraordinary Ordinary for Just Write