Writing Communities Connect Bloggers Across WordPress.com
Blogging is about both publishing and finding a community. These three writers’ hubs bring together bloggers from all over the world.
We blog because we have something we want to express and we hope it will resonate with someone else. Blogging enables us to build powerful connections with people we might have never met otherwise.
There are lots of blogging communities and challenges aimed at fostering those relationships and inspiring more blogging. These three, all writing-focused, are building global networks of blogger-writers — maybe you’ll find a home in one!
The mission of Today’s Author couldn’t be simpler, or more powerful: to foster a community of creative writers through a healthy and supportive environment.
Today’s Author is an open, flexible community of writers focused on helping each other kick-start their pens (or keyboards). Their prompts work for a variety of bloggers, while their “Writers’ Circle” posts explore everything from what to do when inspiration dries up to strategies for editing your own work to how we incorporate our traditions and histories into our writing.
With a range of resources, daily inspiration, and a supportive community, it’s a fun, friendly way to get writing and make connections — with a low barrier to entry.
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields organizes a popular weekly writing challenges for flash fiction writers on WordPress.com: Friday Fictioneers.
Each Wednesday, a new photo prompt goes up and writers around the world use it to craft 100-word stories inspired by the image. Bloggers submit links to their published stories and are encouraged to visit one another and comment, which they do with gusto! We love Friday Fictioneers as much for the blogging bonds it cultivates as for the range and power of the stories it inspires.
(Hundred-word stories are also a great way for non-fiction bloggers to explore fiction writing. Why not visit Friday Fictioneers Central on Wednesday and throw your hat into the virtual ring?)
TipsyLit, the brainchild of book- and wine-loving blogger Ericka Clay, isn’t just about publishing posts — it’s a celebration of words. If you’ve been looking for a way to get involved with a book club or writers’ group that lets you participate while sitting at home, drinking a glass of wine, and wearing yoga pants, look no further than TipsyLit:
Along with writing prompts, TipsyLit has a writers’ group where members can get feedback on works-in-progress. The book club “meets” the last Friday of every month on Facebook — this month’s book is Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett.
For all its communal aspects, blogging can sometimes feel solitary. Getting involved with a blogging community can kick-start your entrance into the blogging world, or help you find a whole new set of friends and fans.
Looking for a blogging group or challenge to get involved in? Take at look at our Community Event Listings, or join the Writing 101 challenge starting on The Daily Post on June 2nd.