Welcome to the second week of BlogchatterA2Z! A daily blogging challenge like this not only tests your creative abilities but also how well you you network with bloggers who are also participating in this mega event. And to kick off week 2 in signature Blogchatter style, we bring to you a recap of a chat session we had done on engagement. Read, learn and spread the joy.

April 4th saw Blogchatter’s weekly twitter chat continue its successful run, this time exploring the ‘art of engagement on blogs’, as bloggers the world over chimed in to share, connect, read, and engage together.

While currently the community is abuzz with the excitement of meeting renowned authors in the ongoing writing festival, the A2Z challenge has also sparked enthusiastic exchange of ideas and a strong community response to encourage fellow bloggers.

The chat began with a round of introductions by way of sharing locations as well as the ‘one learning’ that blogging has effected. While bloggers logged in from all over the country, and indeed some from further away, the discussion about what has been learned by cultivating the habit of blogging clearly presented evidence of a strong ‘bloghood’ among the evening’s tweeters, a term of their own invention and use but verily encouraged by Blogchatter.

The first question plunged bloggers right into the middle of the reason bloggers blog: to be read. What strategy then, do bloggers employ to read? It turns out that a variety of methods suit our bloggers, from listing blogs in excel-sheets, to stumbling upon reading material while surfing Twitter and Pinterest. Other practices shared include: following hashtags, consuming content on a linky or blog-chain, leveraging commute times, and letting email alerts lead the way.

We then turned to what earns a comment on posts read by other bloggers. Questions like these help budding bloggers learn about the reader’s worldview and response, while reflecting on their own motivations to leave a comment. Responses to this question expressed a sense of solidarity within the community, acknowledging the effort each post takes. The effort of posting something alone doesn’t merit a comment; careful research, resonance, and a sense of connection, all warrant a comment.

A sense of community-building came up again with the mention of encouraging one another and finding blog-buddies. Essentially, the evening’s chat-contributors felt that commenting on posts can often function as a semi support-system to rally the troops!

The next question drew some interesting responses as the chat inquired into the abuse of the ‘like’ button.

While some thought that ‘likes’ help show some blog love, there were others who felt that likes are sometimes accorded without even reading the post.

This was the first time this evening, that answers showed varied opinions without much consensus, and generated a healthy back-and-forth as a result, with responses to the question continuing much further into the evening, long after the last question was asked and answered.

The next question wasn’t too far removed from the topic at hand, it asked the group about their reciprocal strategy, which also provided a mixed-bag of answers; from yay to nay and a few in between.

We then turned to the topic of ‘networking’ and how a ‘daily blogging challenge’ provides for fertile ground to build connections. The bloggers were asked to share tips on what has worked for them.

The daily blogging challenge doesn’t just challenge bloggers with their writing, it also challenges their reading. Bloggers confessed to having favorites they visit each day while also scouring for new blogs and new genres.

Our co-founder’s tweet seemed to resonate with most, spinning-off its own sub-thread, and once again touching upon the communal nature of this activity.

The final question for the evening asked our bloggers to share their expectation when leaving comments on the posts of other bloggers. This question drew emphatically vibrant and passionate responses like this one:

The expectation clearly was to receive a genuine reply or comment, respond, and strengthen the connection being attempted. But there were also comments like these, that expressed an almost spiritual way of going on without looking back: