The third assignment in Blogging University’s Blogging 101 – September 2014 workshop was titled Say “Hi!” to the Neighbors. Participants were encouraged to discover and follow five new to them blogs here on WordPress.com’s corner of the blogosphere.
I posted my results and findings here. This exercise was fun. Reading the posts of my fellow bloggers, and making some new blogging friends helped to build a sense of community. Since I posted my response to the assignment I’ve been thinking that WordPress should find more ways to encourage this sense of community on a consistent basis. I thought about whether there was a way I could use my blog to call out other bloggers that I had discovered and enjoyed.
One of my newest blogging friends Grasshopper Girls posted her response to the exercise today and it hit me. #FF! Follow Friday! Borrow the popular twitter trend #FollowFriday and adapt it to WordPress.
From now on, every Friday I am going to feature a #FollowFriday post on my blog. My goal will be to feature three blogs I enjoy. On Twitter, where there are no rules regarding #FF tweets just common practices. It is common practice on twitter to either favorite or retweet or both a #FF tweet when you are mentioned. I think that the same common practice would work here on WordPress. So if I am mentioned in a #FF post I will either like or reblog or both the #FF post. Grasshopper Girls is going to run a similar feature on her blog. Together we may start a WordPress trend; so feel free to join us.
My inaugural #FF blog shout out goes to Molly B and Me
Molly B and Me, coauthored by a mom and her teenage daughter, was one of the first bloggers to like something I wrote and the first blog I followed. We both love sports, although she roots for all the wrong teams: Black Hawks not the Bruins, Packers not the Patriots. I forgive her sports faux pas as she supports storied franchises in solid sports towns.
One of the first posts I read on Molly B and Me dealt with our shared affliction procrastination with such humor and creativity that I can’t help but idolize Laura and her entire family for embracing and celebrating their procrastination instead of fighting it.
We also both blog about family. Although she actually had children and I just borrow other people’s children (mainly those of my sisters) from time to time. Her delightful daughter Molly B writes about cooking and her life as a teenager.
Check out this mother and daughter team, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I know that was only one #FF blog shout out but there are no rules and I need more time to write about the two other blogs I had picked out for today.
Until next Friday.