The Power of Community

 A Personal Experience:

I had an inclination to write since I was young. Words and their magic always drew me towards them. But then life happened and I did not think seriously about writing till Blog chatter happened in my life. I came across this community coincidentally and discovered so many aspects that I never imagined existed.  I always imagined that writers sit alone on an island and write whatever they contemplate. This was my mental picture and it always had a very lonely and sad picture in my mind. Hence I could never imagine that I could ever write professionally. It was something that I could not relate to.

Come the year 2019, I discovered something called A2Z challenge and Blog chatter group. I was hesitant at first and participated just for the sake of it.   My focus was just to write the designated post and getting in touch with fellow creators had never occurred to me. It took me some time to understand the rules and explore the ways of it.  Then came along the EBook carnival, an opportunity to draft your own book, something that I could have never thought was possible. But yet it seemed easy and achievable. Why?

That’s a very tricky question and I would like to highlight in the below-mentioned points as my answer:

 1) A well-organized laid out the plan: The most difficult task to see your book getting published is because it seems a herculean task and hence it’s terrifying.  But with this particular community, every little detail was laid out and when I saw it on pen and paper with classified tasks along with deadlines, it seemed do-able.

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2) The Motivation Factor: Yes, though it seemed achievable, yet the courage of taking the first step may be needed a little push. This is where actual human contact was needed.  We were assigned contact points and this helped immensely as well. With any random query we could just run to them and at any point in time they were ready to provide us with a helping hand.

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3) You are not alone: The biggest factor that came as a power booster was that I was not alone and there were many others like me taking the challenge. This feeling of belonging to a larger group really helped me push myself to finish the assigned task on time.  This also made me realize that the focus is on quality over quantity.

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4) Constructive Criticism:  Some of us were very first time writers and had absolutely no clue, whereas some were experienced and quite accomplished. So being a part of this melting point was an experience in itself. Exchanging ideas and getting answered to many silly questions I realized that nothing is silly and the positive attitude with which the entire community brings each other up is just amazing.  It made me realize that writing is not a lonely affair and the island of imagination had many creators helping each other create quality content. The review program helped each other to look within and take corrective measures before taking the biggest plunge of listing our book on the public platforms for sale. Every aspect of book promotion was also organized and the power of community came to a great relief because it was never possible to do it alone.  It was like a finished pottery item being prepared with proper molding by the entire team.

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5)  Building of relationships that guide you further: After the book publication reached its final stage, I was under the impression that this group would dismantle and we all would retire back to our normal routine life. But I was so wrong. From acquaintances to friendships the relations got stronger and stronger. The bond is so vibrant now that instead of competing against each other we have become like a family now and push each other to do well and participate in various competitions. The spirit is exuberant and it helps each other to break the writer’s block that one may experience during the process.

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 Not only this, the community also helped us explore inherent talent one could have like some were good at making videos that were also promoted, and later it helped them launch them their own YouTube channel. Some were good at using their voice and hence podcasts were encouraged by the group. So all in all one can say that this power of community is like bringing the best in us and helping us do our best.  We again had the opportunity to make our own blogs special by either enrolling in the book review program or by registering in the Blogrolls Programme currently in place with the Blog Chatter Website. Not only this the year’s biggest blogging challenge called the My Friend Alexa Challenge is being organized in October and again all of us will come together to make the best of the opportunity and I am already excited. Yes, excited, and not fearful because I know I have a safety net to fall back. This trust that has been built over the last few months is going to stay forever and we are going to be stranger as a Blogging community.

Hence I can only say that Blogging is a process that is still evolving in India and Blog chatter is leading from the front and helping me immensely as I understand that united we stand & divided we fall. The Power of community is immense and it helps an individual to build his /her own brand and along with all individuals, the community grows stronger.  The group of people who   have a deep-rooted passion and cheer each other on to keep moving forward are the real change makers.

Love,

Chinmayee

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Sounds like a great community. Thanks for sharing your personal experience, Chinmayee!

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    1. Yes, its one my happy places . I am immensely grateful to you for stopping by, Mary! Hope you and your beautiful family are doing well.

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  2. Yes, community really is an underestimated factor in writing. Even here on WP I find that the community gives me a boost to write more compared than if I were to do it alone. Thanks for this!

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    1. Absolutely !! I am so happy my feelings resonated with you. we all need each other to grow!!

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  3. Thank you Chinmayee for writing such a beautiful post. Especially for identifying a key aspect of our way of life “The bond is so vibrant now that instead of competing against each other we have become like a family now and push each other to do well and participate in various competitions. ”

    From the beginning we have pushed for collaboration over competition – and so happy to note that you recognised this.

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    1. Thank you so much for giving us this platform. It means a lot because the sense of positivity is immense and I feel alive getting in touch with fellow community bloggers. creativity also needs motivation and we all draw it from each other I guess.

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  4. Simon says:

    I agree ✨ It’s true 🎉 and A supportive team and platform

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    1. Hi Simon, thanks for stopping by. Yes, without the support system it is difficult to move ahead. we all need each other to pull ourselves up.🎉

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  5. Modern Gypsy says:

    Blogchatter is one of the best blogging communities! Very supportive team for sure.

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    1. Abslutely!! They try to bring out the best.

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  6. Pr@Gun says:

    So agree with your post, since I started blogging it has become my most favorite community which is close like a family. We haven’t met anyone but feel so connected with our words and posts. Blogs are like our homes where we visit often to interact and express. This community has the power to keep us bonded on a common platform where like-minded people bond.

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    1. Absolutely agree with you. I am a completely newbie but the love, support & acceptance has been immense. already feel that I know a lot of people from such a long time.

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  7. Leha says:

    Love how you have written this. Truly community is everything that builds us as bloggers, writers, creators..

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    1. Thanks Leha ,for stopping by & immensely grateful to the entire team for the support & guidance!

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  8. Hema says:

    Bang on . very well written . this is so true, right community brings the best out of us

    #Hemareads #MyFriendAlexa http://www.zenithbuzz.in

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    1. Thanks a lot Hema for stopping by! absolutely without community support it becomes really difficult:-)

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  9. Geethica says:

    Hi Chinmayee, I also discovered this awesome community by chance while scrolling through Twitter. I got addicted to all the people around and the rest is history.

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    1. Ohhh wow… I did not know this. I have always looked up to you and I just can wait to learn so many things from this awesome community. But I am a lost soul who finds it difficult to choose the right path at times. So , having a community & someone to handhold will really help someone like me.

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      1. Geethica says:

        Yes definitely. In due course of time, you will be much clearer as to what you want to write about and create a brand of yourself.

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      2. Thanks Geethica! Hope , I find the required clarity.

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  10. Dr Bushra Allaboutthewoman says:

    Indeed Blogchatter blogging challenges helps us to grow

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  11. Lovely. Liked your journey and motivation. Would like to know more.

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    1. Thanks Geetanjali for stopping by ☺️🙏. Means a lot to hear from you. Yes ,the journey has been quite a roller coaster ride and I am still trying to figure things out. Look forward to more interactions😊

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