The following discussion represents my contribution toward “Blogging and Relationships,” a group writing project in which Alina Popesque is challenging bloggers to write about any particularly special blogging relationships which they have developed during the course of involvement within the blogosphere.
For Alina, this project represents a celebration of reaching the milestone of four years as a blogger. I congratulate her for reaching this milestone and I am delighted to be a participant in the project.
This blog is still relatively new, and I am personally still in the embryonic stages in terms of the development of meaningful blogging friendships and relationships.
Nevertheless, there are three people with whom I have shared valuable and worthwhile blogging relationships in recent times – two of which many readers will already be familiar, and one who may not be quite as familiar to some readers.
In alphabetical order (no order of preference), these people are:
I met Brad (at least in a virtual sense) very early in my blogging days, and not only did he post the first comment on my original blog, the now defunct Another Ten Cents, and he was also the first commenter on this blog.
Since then, Brad and I become frequent contributors toward discussions on each other’s blogs, and we enjoy a wonderful blogging friendship.
As a blogger, Brad’s writing reflects not only three decades of expertise in terms of sales and marketing, but also a very uplifting nature and personality, which are evident not only in his own writing by also in the constructive nature of his contributions to discussions on other blogs.
The other thing which I really appreciate about Brad is his blogging etiquette, not only his prompt and constructive responses toward comments on his own blog, but also in his frequent contributions toward discussions on many of the other blogs which I personally read and enjoy.
One only has to read Karen’s recent contribution toward Robert Hruzik’s recent group writing project “What I learned from love” to appreciate just how much of herself and her own heart which she pours out into her blog at Words for Hire.
That post represents an extremely moving discussion about her experience of the power of love in the face of tragedy as Karen faced the daunting prospect of letting go during the period in which her husband passed away. Highly recommended reading.
In particular, two key attributes about Karen which I feel are evident throughout all of her writing are her love for others and her passion for the written word, and she is one of those bloggers whom I feel has a passion for inspiring others and helping people to achieve their best.
Here’s one blogger with which some readers may not be as familiar, but whose blog I have been following on a consistent basis since I started writing about business ethics.
Her name is Lauren Bloom and with more than twenty five years of experience within the legal profession, she speaks with a great deal of authority about a wide variety of issues with respect to business ethics. At all times, the discussions on Lauren’s blog are very clear and concise in nature, and they reflect an extremely fair minded approach with opinions which are supported by a careful examination of the facts as well as sound basis of argument. A thoroughly interesting blog.
In addition to her blog entries, I am privileged to be reading her latest book, The Art of The Apology, a book which I intend to discuss and review on this site after I finish reading it. This book contains an in-depth examination of about the need for and how to deliver effective apologies in a very broad range of circumstances, and makes for a thoroughly interesting read with some very practical applications.
Once again, I would like to congratulate Alina on her four years of contribution to the blogosphere, and I hope that her participation within the world of blogging continues for many years to come.