I actually can’t believe it… Today marks the day that The Blogging Meetup is now one year old. I couldn’t be more excited how it has grown and brought people together from all around the world.
In fact, I wish I could personally thank each and every one of you (all 383 registered users as of today) for whatever amount of contribution you have made to the continued success of this site. Even if you aren’t posting or chatting it up in the Community Chat you might just be a passive reader of the blogs listed on the site and then make sites/connections through their site. It is because of all of you that WE are still here today, as I said from the beginning and I will quote it here:
“This is super important and probably should have been said at the beginning but I don’t want to be considered the owner of this because that is not my intention. What I really want is this to be a community-driven site by the members.”
That statement is still as true to me today as it was a year ago when I wrote it and for good reason. I knew that for some of us “life” just gets in the way and I am one of those people. I was super active in this community early on and for a good chunk of time until about December 2016 when “life” got busy. I could tell you lots of reasons why I thought that happened but heck, it happens to all of us right? That is why I believed the only way this site would survive is if we have a community feel and that community could be active on it’s own. Even though I have not been as actively posting or prompting in the past couple of months I still browse the comments and click read a new posts from people I am not actively following.
Well, enough about me and back to the community! One year, I am still really stoked about that accomplishment and I hope each and every one of you are as well. I know there is things we could do better or have great visions of for this community but it will come. The one thing I have learned over the last year is that it doesn’t all need to happen right away and maybe it will someday or maybe it won’t. Now with that said, if there is something you are hoping could change or you personally would even like to change about The Blogging Meetup let me know. Post it in the comments below, include me in a post of your own on this site, direct message me on Twitter or you can just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can’t wait to see what plays out in this next year but trust me I am looking forward posting something similar when we are 2 years old :). Again, I would love to hear what you have to say or think as I am committed to having this place around for as long as people want it. I paid for another year of the domain name and will continue to do so until the lights shut off.
One final note of appreciation goes out to @amandaowen2015, as she took an early interest in this project and has helped to do a lot of the admin work for it’s continued success. It looks like we did do something right as it is still kicking along!
Good morning Blogging Meetup! This community has been so heartwarming, and as we collaborate and share we are growing together in this amazing forum you have created. We hope you are connecting and making new friends -I know that we are!
One VERY important guideline needs to be addressed, so please take a moment to read:
Full blog posts with images are not meant for this forum. The idea is that you share commentary and summaries and then link to posts from your own blog so that we may click and visit your site. I’m afraid any posts that include images and are a full-bodied ‘blog post’ – one that would be better suited posted in your individual blog – will be edited down, images removed, and/or removed completely. We will try and replace content for those we edit down with a direct link to your site, where possible, to make sure we direct people to you so don’t be afraid of being dejected here- that is not the intention.
Lots of conversation occurs here and we certainly want to keep it coming! Those will NOT be edited down, please continue to chat amongst the forum. But images are taking up a lot of space and we certainly do not want to crash the site as we eventually reach capacity-so we do need to keep those to a minimum as a general rule of thumb please*.
*@ericmwalker and @amandaowen2015 reserve the right to determine those posts/images we edit down.
So, comment, share, and like with others. But link to your blog posts instead of writing them here in the chat. We want to visit your sites, that’s exactly why we’re here.
As always, if you have an idea, a challenge, a special event you’re hosting on your site, let us know and we can spread the word by featuring it here in the Events panel. This site is evolving and you are helping it everyday through your interactions with one another. And, if you haven’t browsed the Blogging Index lately, I encourage you to hop on over- we have a lot of new members to meet and greet. (The categories project is still under-way, I promise. But it IS an undertaking and I appreciate your continued patience).
Lots of love and happy Blogging,
Amanda and Eric
We need you! Please. The best way to generate new additions to our community family is through your promotion. Twitter, Facebook, tag #bloggingmeetup, challenges, Events, conversation. Link the logo on your site in the side panel with a widget. You can even link to our socials underneath too.
We don’t want to get so big we can’t talk to each other but we do want you to feel BMU is diverse and developed and engaged and ultimately a great common room in the blog coffee shop. A place where you can stop in each day and chat while you drink your Java, meet new people and build your network of friends. Maybe direct you to some resources that help you too.
What value did BMU invite into your day today? What value did you bring to another in the BMU today? New post? hey-link it here! New BloggingU course? How’s it going? We’ll put it out on Twitter and Tumbler for you too. Fresh ideas? Email us.
You grow, we grow. We grow, you grow. Thank you for being here – we love you and thank each and every blogger here you are making this 5 month old site a great success.
@ericmwalker vision, @ameenasmusings prompts, @amandaowen2015 well, whatever I do – and #bloggingmeetup (that’s all of us). We are a team building each other up, sharing, caring (yes I just said that) and connecting. Let’s keep it up and soar.
#announcments, #blog, #blogging, #dailydiscusions, #weekend-wanderings, #wordpress
To read more about the changes and all the exciting things going on our front page or test out the new url by clicking here BloggingMeetup.com
Thanks as always and we hope you are as excited as we are for these changes/announcements.
@ericmwalker, @amandaowen2015, and @ameenasmusings
If I may share, I have a thought to involve more community members on a daily basis.
First, If we can take a poll and identify the common topics of interest of most bloggers in this community (Example: Philosophy, vegan recipes etc etc)
Next, create a two to three hour window on each day of the week (example: philosophy Friday or vegan Wednesday)
Identify sub topics or assign to those who are interested to run a particular group with choosing topics for that day of the week.
Lastly, community members can share their experiences/views, their write-ups on only the topic of the day that being addressed. Ofcourse, suggestions for new topics are always welcome
This way, each member will be able to connect to those that resonate with them on a deeper level rather than a Like for like or follow for follow, for that only goes so far.
However if we want to create a community of connection and bonding, it has to come from within each member of the community standing on their own feet, so each of us add our own unique beauty to the basket 🙂
Just my two cents. I am happy to assist anyway I can. Look forward to hearing any comments/suggestions on this idea
@ericmwalker @amandaowen2015 @ameenasmusings If I post a link of my blog here, it adds a pingback. Is there any setting to avoid this?
Just wanted to drop by. This has been the busiest week I’ve had in some time. Anyway, I’m so glad to see this grow and gain more attention. I plan to participate in some of the challenges and see the Bloggers Meetup take shape.
P.S. Awesome job on the logo, @amandaowen2015