Over the last few days I’ve taken the time to really think and reflect about this IBOT linky, as I’ve structured some goals to make the whole event hopefully better for one and all.
The word that keeps coming to mind, is community.
There are many link ups in the blogosphere. You can join one or several every day of the week, with different themes, topics and guidelines.
But not one of them is like IBOT, because I Blog on Tuesdays, has, and always will be, built on community.
It’s not just another place to dump your latest post and run; it’s where we catch up with our friends. It’s where we can have a cup of tea with Crodie, and watch her claymation. Where we can giggle at the randomness of CJ’s motley tribe.
Where BlunderMum makes us all laugh, where Deb gives us helpful tips, and B let’s us all know what we should be wearing this week.
We come back to find out what’s happening with Brian, where Ai has been eating, what Drew and Yvette have been chatting about, and what Rhianna has made matter.
It’s the online place to be.
What has built this wonderful Tuesday community has been its participants commitment to commenting. We don’t write blogs so that no one reads them, or to talk to ourselves. We write them to be heard.
Because we have something to say.
Or rant about.
Possibly even vlog.
Commenting is the agent by which one blogger says to another, ‘I came, I read, I heard you.’
And there is nothing more important than that.
It’s not just in a blogging community that the need to be heard is paramount; it’s everywhere.
All of us, as human beings feel the desire to belong, be loved and be known. As part of the race called humanity, we all have a responsibility to one another to listen and to be involved in each others lives.
We don’t have the freedom to just go through our world, thinking it is all, or only, about us.
On Thursday, the 13th of September, it is RUOK day; a time when we all consider the importance of having a conversation, with someone who might really need it.
Last year, the Aussie blogosphere jumped on board with a mammoth sized link up, and this year, a similar event will be happening.
To ensure the emotional and mental safety of all those involved, and those writing, the RUOKDay Bloggers Stories of Inspiration, will run as a Digital Parents Blog Carnival, under strict mind frame guidelines.
You can get more information on that here.
The idea of RUOK day, is to get people talking. Bottling up feelings and emotions is hardly helpful for anyone, and it is often the fear of no one understanding, and the feeling of supreme isolation that cause people to react in a permanent way.
Basically, it’s about making sure that everyone is heard.
Just like IBOT.
Are you listening to the people in your world?
How are you going. R U OK?