I had this thought just now. Isn’t blogging a return to the civilisation humans had before money became so important? Bare with me and think about it. Think of a blogging community as an early settlement. Lets say each blogger does a specific job. One may be the baker, one might be the blacksmith and another makes clothes. They are all connected and depend on each other to survive. The baker swaps bread for clothes and the blacksmith swaps knives for bread. Everyone helps each other out for mutual benefit rather than trying to make a fast buck. How is this different to me saying I will give you a shout out in order to help you? And I want you to give a shout out to someone else, not to me, because I want this idea to spread. Not for my benefit, but for the benefit of everyone in our little community.
Now, I find this a fascinating idea. Is this a collective unconscious desire for a different way of being than the options offered to us by the world around us? If you think about human evolution, we started with small communities where we co-existed in order to survive. Where did we lose that ideal? When did we think that mutual help was a bad thing? Why do we all blog? Sure, some want to sell some snake oil, but the majority? I reckon that most folk are like me. They just want to tell their stories and share their thoughts. I think people do this because they want to feel better and help others feel better, in whatever way you want to take the concept of feeling better to be.
Think about your little settlement; your little community. Do what you can help to help that community grow. They will help you grow too. Then, little communities can join and become something bigger. And bigger communities grow into something larger still.
I might be wrong. I would like to try however. Please comment if you would like to start a little community with me. I am fairly sure I know a few that will. I would love to see some unexpected people join as well.
Take care buddies,