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:
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.
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.
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.
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.