We have so far spoken a lot about building a community around your blog. Your tribe. Set of people who reach out to your blog, engage with its content and even help share.

But what about real connections? Does blogging limit these bonds to only online interactions?

Surprisingly, no.

Most bloggers by the virtue of their blogs engage at multiple levels with fellow bloggers. At brand meets, special coffee meetups and even at times dedicated trips to across towns only to drop in a hi.

Hence friendship forms an important part of this community love.

Do things get tricky here? Yes.

Do things get super awesome here? Yes.

Between the above two questions lies a mix of actions. How do you navigate a friendship born out of blogging?

For starters, do not reveal your closest secrets to a fellow blogger (until of course you are absolutely sure). Treat online friendships in line with offline. Give it time to grow and nurture it with real intent.

If you see certain groups being formed within a larger tribe, step back and observe the whys. Try as much as possible to not take up sides. You will see these groups are as transient as the first rays of sunlight and you don’t want to be found on sticky patch.

Lastly, exchange your contact details only if you know they will not be misused. Navigate the online space through a stranger’s eyes even when seemingly interested parties appear as friends.

Having thrown all these cautions to the wind, we at Blogchatter want to add something here. We have been blessed to have always witnessed some amazing blogging friendships. And we value this aspect of a blogging most. As said before, in an online world always value intent over intellect.

Around the challenge we have built up a rather interesting festival as well called the Blogchatter Writing Festival– celebrating the blogger to author journey.

Did we say author?

Oh wait. Have you not seen last year’s post challenge Blogchatter Ebook carnival? Championed by Chitra Divakaruni we received twenty six ebooks during the month of May all self-published by our community members.

This time we have eight popular authors who are coming along as part of our mentor program for festival, taking up special twitter chats and facebook live sessions to further your publishing dream. Read more here: Blogchatter Writing Festival

As part of Festival we will once again be opening our portals for your self-published ebooks (in case you choose to convert your April blogging challenge into one). You can ping us here or anywhere you find us for queries, etc.

This month we will also be taking up the #AtoZChallenge with you. Celebrating better blogging across platforms through our theme:

Blogging Ethics

Add your post below in the linky and take a deep dive into the sea of blogs that gets connected with us ! You can also add your link to our Blogchatter Reading List– Discover more blogs and get discovered !