Some key words and phrases that struck me from the articles include inspire, tune in, encourage, purpose, renewal, calling, share about yourself, care about a topic. Commenting is less about me and more about you. A community is united when the members care about each other and put selfishness aside for the greater good. If bloggers form communities, then it makes sense that they show good citizenship.
I enjoy reading other 23 Things Bloggers because it helps me connect to the other students in my class. It is a good way to get to know one another, and it makes sitting at the computer not seem lonely. I feel like I am having a conversation that will be continued over time. If I am struggling with a task or concept, it helps to know that I am not alone. I can read about how someone else solved a problem or came up with a creative idea.
With my sister's help, I discovered some non-academic blogs. One of the blogs I visited is written by a Scentsy representative. I was introduced to Scentsy in November, and my house has never smelled this good. If you have never tried Scentsy, or you don't even know what a Scentsy is, then you need to visit Mia's blog. I went to Mia's blog because of my Scentsy interest, but I stayed because of her touching family stories and strong Christian values.
I visited some other blogs written by busy moms, and I found that I could connect with their experiences. I found myself laughing out loud at their rapier wit sharpened by struggles and successes.
Reading other blogs and making comments helped me feel connected today in a community not bound by physical borders. I have traveled all over the country today in my pajamas.