WordPress: the best social media network in the world?

A couple of weeks ago I hit ‘publish’ on a blog post, and a few minutes later received a notification from WordPress congratulating me on reaching my 200th post. So in celebration of that, today’s post is all about WordPress and the community of fellow bloggers I’ve found here.

Two hundred posts is an indication that I spend a lot of my free time on WordPress (even if most of them are only six words long!). So why do I do it? I suppose it all started because I wanted a place to write but wasn’t able to commit to joining a writing group and attending regular meetings. In the last three years, WordPress has given me a space to bash out my thoughts on parenting, politics, attempts at creative writing and whatever else comes to mind… but it’s also become so much more than that. For instance…

Last Saturday night, without leaving the house, I spent a couple of hours catching up with friends. I took part in a regular weekly competition with a few people who like to come up with a story in six words. Some other people shared some new music with me. Another acquaintance told me about the latest book he’s been reading, and I congratulated him on becoming a grandfather. And I sent a message to a friend whose partner was about to go into hospital, wishing them all the best.

Like many parents of young children, I find that actual social gatherings have to be carefully coordinated, planned in advance and then often fall through at the last minute because of family priorities. So having an online community  which I can tap into whenever it’s convenient is a definite bonus. With only a couple of exceptions, I’ve never met any of my blogging friends. Most of them, I could only tell you broadly what country they live in, sometimes not even that.

There are obviously many disadvantages of the permanently connected, online way we live these days, but there can also be some massive benefits. For me, WordPress has become a place where people who live on different continents, of different age groups, different races, different backgrounds, can find common ground. I’m naturally inclined to being a hard bitten cynic, but I could actually get quite misty-eyed about just how wonderful this. Most of human history has been – still is – dominated by war, bloodshed, conflict with anyone who we see as ‘the other’. But here on WordPress we’ve managed to create a space where people who have never met can share their ideas in a creative and respectful way. How amazing is that?!

When I first joined WordPress I thought it was going to be a place to write, and nothing more. But it’s also become a place to read, to learn and to share. Even if I haven’t got anything  to blog about, I always try to check my WordPress Reader a couple of times a week, to see what’s happening on the blogs I follow. I don’t always have time to comment, but when I do it usually turns into a quick conversation, which repays the original effort.

I’m in a sharing the love kind of mood today, so here’s a shout out for some of my favourite blogs:

Nicola at Sometimes Stellar Storyteller –  This link takes you to a hilarious short story about a modern day Merlin which had me chortling over my phone earlier.

Magarisa at Becoming Unstuck

Kat at Like Mercury Colliding

Erin at Bubbles and Beebots

Peter at Peter’s Pondering

Anna at Dark Age Voices

Simon at Planet Simon

Kelsey at Tibetan Lemonade

trE at A Cornered Gurl

Brontë at Brontë’s Page Turners

Gaz (I suspect that’s not his real name!) at Lit.Gaz

Chris Nicholas at The Renegade Press

I love reading whatever these bloggers have to say, and I thoroughly recommend you go and visit them. Who are your favourite bloggers? Let me know your recommendations in the comments!

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15 thoughts on “WordPress: the best social media network in the world?

  1. Wow, thank you so much for the mention! I feel the same way you do about WordPress. What a wonderful way to connect and share with people around the world! 😊💕

  2. You’re welcome – yours is one of the blogs I always look out for, and I think that’s because we’ve taken the time to comment/ feedback about each other’s work. WordPress somehow feels like a community. I share my blogs on twitter and facebook as well, but both those sites feel more like shouting into the thunderstorm, I don’t know why.

  3. Hey, you! Thank you so much! WordPress is indeed a place I’m glad I connected with years ago. I love what you put out here too. So very honored.

  4. Aw, thanks for the mention! ❤

    I'm glad you're my blogging buddy too. It really is amazing that we can discuss the Brontë sisters at any time, across the world… you're right about how stunning it is to now be able to talk to people in different countries–people we would've never otherwise met.

    Btw, the Brontë sister special you told me about is finally playing over here this week! I have it all set up to record 🙂

    • You’re welcome! I love your take on parenting, always makes me smile. Enjoy the Bronte thing… actually, no, scrap that: brace yourself, it’s grim. Brilliant, but grim.

  5. Much love in that post Kirst, thank you for the very kind mentions. I too love how our comment sections have become little communities, the six word story pages are a blast! I know that in real life I would never meet and chat to any of the people I gravitate towards on WordPress, I just don’t know this many interesting people – so thank you WordPress friends! (I’ve made us into a collective noun – Froggers – friends who are bloggers!)

    You’ve listed many of my favourite blogs in your post, but I’d like to add a few –

    Richard Ankers writes some fab Daily short stories and poetry at https://richardankers.com/
    Haylee and her fab Yorkshire accent at http://aloadabobbins.wordpress.com/
    Davy D, resident poet at http://davydblog.wordpress.com/
    Kay Morris at http://kaymorriswrites.wordpress.com/

    There are so many more, I could go on and on!

    • Yes you do! I had a scroll through the list of blogs I follow while I was writing this, and it occurred to me I hadn’t seen anything from you in a while. Welcome back! And good luck with the new job and the move coming up.

  6. Thanks for the mention. Your suspicion is correct, and my name is Stefan, for the record. I’m following your six word and your 140 character stories with great interest, and my retired teacher’s hat on. They are really good, partly I feel because of what you manage to suggest or insinuate, since you haven’t the space to say it. Quite a skill!

    • Thank you Stefan! I’m very flattered… as I recall English teachers have very high standards! It’s really good fun doing these tiny fiction challenges – makes a change from the vast meandering tale I’m scribbling in my spare time!

  7. I am one of the “have actually mets” and am honoured to receive a mention. Some of my must go to sites are:

    James at https://jamesproclaims.com
    Meg at https://drmegsorick.com
    Colleen at https://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com
    Owen at https://notalentforcertainty.com

    There are so many good sites that I spend far too much time on my laptop and my service provider always comments on my monthly stats that I have downloaded “an impressive XXX of data this month”. Thank goodness for an all inclusive package with unlimited data!

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