Interview About Blogging Communities

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

My sister is writing a paper about social media. I have been one of her sources and have even done a couple of interviews for her.

Here is an interview about blogging communities.

Do you agree or disagree?

*kyle

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Kyle Reed is a connector looking to connect with others. A 20 Something that is blogging his way through life and looking to connect through community. Also a team member of the 8BIT Network and brand evangelist. Find me on twitter: @kylelreed, lets chat.
  • http://poetrybyandy.blogspot.com/ Andy Rhea

    wow. I wish everyone would watch this following the first time they even hear the word “blog.” I like how you stressed this concept of listening in the blogging realm. I always thought that blogging was just a way to shout your own ideas out through the internet, but the best thing about blogging is really the conversations that happen.
    You mentioned that you had about 5 or 6 bloggers that “everybody reads.” Who would you recommend as far as other blog models?

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      Thanks man, I appreciate that.

      Those 5 or 6 that I am talking about that everyone reads are:
      1) Ragamuffinsoul.com
      2) ChurchCrunch.com
      3) flowerdust.com
      4) stuffchristianslike.net
      5) jesusneedsnewpr.net

      Those are five that a lot of people read.

      I am sure that others can add to that.

      You also should get a gravatar (avatar that shows up next to your name). go to here to find out how: http://www.jesusneedsnewpr.net/gravatar-your-way-to-an-internet-identity/

      • http://bondchristian.com/ bondChristian

        In a slightly different niche but still Christian, a ton of people read Challies.com too… but the comments don’t usually show it.

        -Marshall Jones Jr.

        • http://bondchristian.com/ bondChristian

          And WithoutWax.tv too – I should have included that.

          I’d put both of those ahead of ChurchCrunch (even though from an objective view – like through stats and all – I have no idea what the numbers are here).

          -Marshall Jones Jr.

          • http://poetrybyandy.blogspot.com/ Andy Rhea

            cool. thanks guys. (i’m still a newb). :)

          • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

            Ya i forgot that one, good catch Marshall

      • http://poetrybyandy.blogspot.com/ Andy Rhea

        lol. what the heck did you mean by flowerdust.com???

        • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

          Sorry, I meant flowerdust.net

  • http://bondchristian.com/ bondChristian

    About outsiders: I agree with you that people can make themselves outsiders by not commenting, but I disagree that the purpose of blogging is commenting and interaction.

    [Warning: I’m about to use a personal example on the level of “My parents did this, and I turned out fine.” Just my thoughts…] I read blogs for two years before I left my first comment. I read for the content, to learn and to be exposed to inspiring ideasI got into blogging and commenting becaus

    I think from a blogger’s perspective, we often think blogs are all about commenting and interacting because that’s what we use them for or that’s what we want. But I don’t think that’s the general reason most people read or even care about blogs. Blogs are amazing because they give everyone a voice (as bloggers), not because they give everyone an opportunity to respond (as commenters).

    But again, that might be a style thing. Each blog is different, has a different focus, and has a different audience.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

    • http://bondchristian.com/ bondChristian

      I must have gotten distracted and not realized I’d not finished my thought there.

      Finishing that second paragraph, “I read for the content, to learn and to be exposed to inspiring ideas. I got into blogging and commenting because I wanted to give back, but that was secondary to why I got interested in blogs in the first place.”

      Sorry about the lameness of my commenting skills, Kyle.

      -Marshall Jones Jr.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      Your good man.
      I think you are right to a degree.
      I do think though that if we walked that idea out into real life that would be like you just going and talking with people and never saying a word but just listening to everything they say. I think there has to be some interaction there to be able to learn, grow, and interact.

      And in all honesty, I do not feel like I am on any type of level to just put content out there and have people read it and not add anything to it. I often feel like a lot of my thoughts might be incomplete (mainly because I am precessing them) and am hoping that others will jump in and add what they are thinking about to the mix.

      • http://bondchristian.com/ bondChristian

        Yeah, it’s one of those “should” vs. “is” things for me. Should we be all about consuming without ever contributing in return? Maybe not. But is that how most media operates? Yes, I think it is.

        I think it’s moving in a more contribution-oriented direction, but right now we’re still largely in consume-only mode.

        -Marshall

  • http://www.anidolheart.com Grant Jenkins

    This is great, bro. I’ve been blogging for between 6-7 years, since the days of xanga. I know, right!? But it seems like after taking most of the past year off and diving back in, starting AnIdolHeart.com, I’ve finally found my zone. Not to say that I have “arrived” as a blogger. Not even. But I have quickly been able to engage great group of people who have become champions for what I’m doing and talking about. I’m thankful for that. It’s interesting how there are quite a few people who have followed me from xanga to myspace to my previous blog to AIH.com. Can’t wait to see this continues to unfold.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      That is good that people have kept up on the journey.
      I think finding your niche and zone is very very difficult. But once you do it changes everything and really helps you focus in on what you are doing. Good stuff

  • http://christybaggett.wordpress.com/ Christy Baggett

    I’m one of those outsiders who read but don’t ever comment. I’ll work on that.