Blogging From A to Z April Challenge here at Reading on the F Train. Today's topic is Virtual Community!
Today's topic could also be "the reason I blog", but that doesn't start with a V, now does it?
I'm learning about myself as I go through this everyday blogging challenge--and the biggest thing I've learned is that when I have to post every day, I become a terrible member of the virtual community I love. I started blogging a year and a half ago, mostly for my students, but I've stayed with it because of all the people I've met. Getting to beta read for Elodie, becoming CPs/daily word buddies with Jaime (and through Jaime, getting to know Erin) swapping mugs with Katy and Sara during Jess and Kelsey's Sip Swap, meeting Rebecca and Ghenet in NYC...that's the good stuff. And I love keeping up with everyone else's lives/writing/reading by reading and commenting on their blogs, and by chatting in the comments of my own blog.
But, with the news about the impending demise of Google Reader* and the Blogging A-Z challenge hitting around the same time, along with the beginning of my 300-words-a-day deal with Jaime and picking up more hours at work...I've been slacking off as a virtual friend. So, blog pals and commenters, I apologize. I know people sometimes try to discredit "virtual friends" as if they aren't real, but that's a load of garbage. I miss being an active member of the virtual community, and I'm looking forward to spending less time writing my own blog posts and more time commenting on yours/responding to comments here. I just have to manage W, X, Y, and Z!
*I tried out Feedly and The Old Reader. It took ages--I'm talking, days or maybe even weeks--for my turn in the import queue with The Old Reader, but now I'm liking it quite a bit. But the switch did mess with my routines--I still find myself trying to click through from my open Gmail tab into Google Reader. I just don't have the automatic urge to click on The Old Reader yet.