Behind the scenes

Over here at Considerings, if you’ve visited more than the once, you’ll notice something rather lovely, or at least, you might notice something I think is rather lovely:

A community.

I think it’s built up mainly thanks to the Ten Things of Thankful hop, which has been a glorious pinnacle of shiny, bloggy loveliness each weekend, with people popping in from all over the Blogosphere to share their lists of the Good Things in their lives at the moment.

The result is that there are a goodly number of us who’re now quite strongly linked, and who can be seen in conversations on each others’ blogs and Facebook pages through the week, as well as at the weekends. We promote one another, share favourite posts and leave lovely comments in our wake, like froth across the waves.Β 

Many of us hold fascinating Twitter conversations together, jumping in with ideas and opinions, welcoming each other and joining in together. It’s beautiful.

I love this community, I love being part of it, and I love the people in it.

But…

There’s another side.

A smaller, select-er group, who you probably won’t have noticed here, or on Facebook. Maybe on Twitter.

I’ve taken to thinking of them as the ‘behind the scenes’ people.

These are people with whom I may or may not have a pre-existing friendship, but who, for reasons known to themselves, remain in the periphery; quiet – in some cases, nearly silent – and as such have not yet become active parts of the burgeoning community which is developing.


But I see them.

They ‘Tweet’ links to my posts.

They share my latest updates on Facebook.

They ‘like’ my new statuses.

They share me on Google +

They are quite wonderful as individuals, and yet they hide their lights, their generosity in sharing this blog, and their identities under a bushel (or collection thereof), so I thought I might just drag them (hopefully not kicking and screaming) a little into the limelight and share them with you, in return, because they are all awesomerockin’ bloggers in their own rights, and I daresay would enjoy a few new readers (if you don’t already read them, being as they are, hugely fabulous).

Melissa, from Home On Deranged, is an inspiring mother of two, writer of posts of such truthfulness, honesty and wonderfulness that I am sometimes quite in awe of her, and then turns around and doesn’t live up to her wordiness by letting me kick her ass at Facebook Scrabble. She might inadvertently dial into a Wakefield Doctrine Video Brunch by accident and leave us all confused and hoping she’ll return. She’s also awesome to chat to on Google+ hangouts and has a great giggle.

Lisa, from The Golden Spoons, is quietly lovely, and to my shame, I don’t know her that well, but I see her around the interwebs, promoting and ‘like’ing and every so often tweeting something wonderful that’s happened at home, like her youngest telling her she’s the “best Mommy in the whole world”.

Denise, a.k.a Girlie On The Edge, is an avid participant of the Wakefield Doctrine Video Brunch gig, and a fascinating, fun person to chat with. When she drops me a comment here, it’s usually of the tip-of-the-iceberg sort, which I totally get, and over at hers, delves into topics (often WD relatedly) which make me think an awful lot in new ways, which is something I love being part of.

Michelle, from Getting Literal, is another silent promoter – she runs the Bloppy Bloggers Gazette, and takes it upon herself to scoop everyone’s most recently published articles and promote them all in one place. She often adds mine manually when whatever technical wizardry she’s using manages to miss Considerings out. A great person to chat to, either on FB or live (another WDVB participant) and perhaps our most creative member of the TToT hop, bringing something fabulously new and literary-related each week.

Vikki, of Laugh Lines fame, is possibly the most hardcore Twitter pimp I’ve ever, ever seen. She is a MACHINE. Seriously, what Janine is to comments, Vikki is to Twitter promotion, and (as if that weren’t enough) she’s utterly, sparklingly hilarious. I promise you, you won’t leave her blog without a giggle.

Kathy, from My Dishwasher’s Possessed, is another quiet one, but she’s there on Facebook, and I see her encouragements and lovely comments, and am continually impressed by her writing and sense of humour over at her blog. She’s a fellow loss Mom and contributor to Sunshine After The Storm, and I’m delighted and honoured to be in a collaborative project with her.

I suspect there may be more like these out there – wonderful, tireless sharers, likers – quiet friends of this place.

To these, and any others who sidle round the edges, watching, sharing, thank you for being part of this community, even in a quiet way. I really appreciate it.

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37 thoughts on “Behind the scenes

  1. Oh bless you Katia – thank you πŸ™‚

    They're absolutely wonderful people, and I'm just so pleased to share them.

    Blogging's funny (hilarious, at times) in that we get so used to being the queen (or king) of our own show…I'm just really conscious that without a LOT of effort on behalf of a lot of people, I'd be pretty much talking onstage to an audience of very, very few πŸ™‚

    Glad you liked how I did this though πŸ™‚

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  2. Lizzi, you are one of a kind. I feel that you have spoken for me and on my behalf. How come it never occurred to me to do the same? All of the people you've named are so deserving and thank you for being the kind of person who thinks about doing that. Blogging can become a very self centred activity at times and this was a beautiful reminder of IRL values brought into blogging.

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  3. Thanks Tracy, though I really think I'm MASSIVELY blessed by all their wonderful presences – each person (particularly in the TToT 'group' – which keeps getting bigger – it's so exciting) plays their part and makes it something wonderful, which we're building together.

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  4. I missed you Katy, as did Jak πŸ™‚ Glad you're feeling a little better and have been able to start getting your list organised.

    It's an absolutely gorgeous community, and I really, really love it. Can't say enough how much πŸ™‚ It's truly a very special thing to be a part of with you all.

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  5. It's so nice of you to introduce the quiet ones. I've met a few, but not all, so will check out their blogs in the next few days. It's so nice to connect with people from all over the world. I agree with Tracy, it's good to show appreciation.

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  6. It's so lovely to read of the way that you think of the 'quiet' ones who share your blogging life πŸ™‚

    I was really sad that I had to miss out on last week's TToT, due to being too ill to get on my trusty laptop, so I'm saving up my goodies for this weekend. I think the community built up around it is amazing, and so look forward to reading everyone else's thoughts πŸ™‚

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  7. To my fabulous considerer sister and to all her bloggy friends i say a huge thankyou! I dont have a blog myself but i really enjoy reading all yours! As much as i can anyway, two kids under 6 take most of my time! Thankyou so much for sharing your stories. I am a hugely negative person (not that i want to be) and i find you all a big shiny positive inspiration in life, thankyou and dont stop! πŸ˜‰

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  8. It's meant to be, Lisa πŸ™‚

    The connections through the Blogosphere are nothing short of fantastic, in my book, and I'm aware that there are some I need to work on more – consider this a start πŸ™‚

    You absolutely belong in this list – and there's no pressure intended – be a louder voice if you'd like to be – you would be very welcome, but if time and Real Life don't permit it, just know that I really appreciate your online presence about this place and on other social media πŸ™‚ Thank you.

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  9. Aw!! Thanks Lizzi! I consider “quietly lovely” to be quite a compliment!! I love the connections I have made through blogging – the only downside is that there are so many wonderful women out there in the blogosphere!! I want to be BFF's with all of them but time won't allow it. Thank you so much for including me in this list. I will do y best to continue to be lovely and maybe just a tad louder! πŸ™‚

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  10. Blogging, in any capacity, should not make a person feel guilty. When you do leave a comment, I know that it Really Means Something, which is quite awesome.

    I think you'll enjoy the other blogs πŸ™‚ I'm not sorry to add to your list, because they're worth it.

    And thank you for your ongoing sharing of what occurs here πŸ™‚

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  11. Lizzi…you're so sweet:) Thank you for including me here today. I often feel guilty when I don't t leave comments but I feel it's more important to read the words of those who take the time out of their day to share whatever is on their/our mind(s). And sometimes I'm simply rendered speechless by what I read!
    There are so many blogs to visit. Many I haven't been to in some time – sorry Melissa! and Michele, I so need to carve out a big chunk o time for you. LOL
    Now, (thanks alot Lizzi) there are several more (list above) I need to visit and take a looksee.
    Thank you for YOUR sharing my friend:)
    Now excuse me while I go tweet, google and otherwise pin this……

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  12. They're quiet, but all over the place πŸ™‚ I'm glad you've already come across them. As I say, they're awesome bloggers in their own rights – I've just noticed that they've been particularly kind to me, without being much of a 'presence' here (yet…?).

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  13. Well done you, Janine – you are further ahead in your appreciation of their quiet efforts and encouragement than I am! It's something which has been in my 'peripheral vision' for a while, this post…and I felt the time had come πŸ™‚

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  14. There truly are, Michelle. People I'm quite in awe of, in fact (you perhaps less, but only cos I know you better πŸ™‚ – I'm still constantly amazed by your creativity). Thank YOU so much for your tireless efforts on my (and everyone's) behalf with the Gazette.

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  15. I know I'm a terrible promoter of others' blogs. It's one of the things I really *really* suck at. I might (or, usually, might not) share them on FB or Twitter. I'll usually comment and often (if I can remember where I've been) go back to see if anything develops into a conversation…but I'm a pretty selfish blogger at times. Very 'consumer'.

    And I've noticed these awesome people over the last few weeks/months, just quietly doing their thing, getting on with it, not seeking any glory. And I felt they deserved a little, because I SO appreciate the boost they give me.

    Enjoy reading them – I know you will πŸ™‚

    And yeah – you're one of the regular crowd and I know the novelty of me has TOTALLY worn off on you now – go, explore and have fun πŸ™‚

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  16. You are so amazing to be so supportive and promoting those you feel worthy. Your words carry weight, Lizzi, and I appreciate you boosting up these ladies who deserve their time in the sun. Kudos to you. πŸ™‚ And thanks for giving me some new people to read…because the rest of you were getting pretty *yawn*… JK!!!

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