Jul 05 2007
I’ve been thinking a lot in the last week about blogging karma and benevolence. This week notched up six months of this blog, so I thought it a good (milestone) opportunity to consolidate my thoughts on this topic.
I’m not a religious person, nor am I overly spiritual, but I like the notion of “karma“, a concept that is often tossed around in everyday conversation:
[Karma] is believed to be a sum of all that an individual has done, is currently doing and will do…. Karma is not about retribution, vengeance, punishment or reward; karma simply deals with what is. The effects of all deeds actively create past, present and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one’s own life, and the pain and joy it brings to others.
Why is blogging karma so important? Because blogging is all about community, and I don’t think you can effectively build community without good karma. That’s not to say you can’t build a “successful”, profitable blog without good karma. Sure you can, and I’ve seen plenty of examples. Usually it’s a sterile, “I’m just here to make money” type of a blog that probably doesn’t contribute much to the overall well-being of the blogosphere (except of course to teach others how to replicate these types of blogs).
And of course community encourages conversations, another building block of a successful blog.
In relation to blogging, I believe karma is effectively built by
- The actions of a blogger in the blogosphere
- The actions of a blogger on social networking sites
- The blog itself (as directed by the blogger)
I’ll be looking a each more closely in a series of four posts. Before I continue, however, I should point you to an excellent post that I have used as a reference. It’s entitled “10 Ways to Improve Your Blog Karma” by Rohit Bhargava, who I believe was one of the first to expand on the term “blog karma” (and who I found while researching this term). Have a read of this, before you read my next post.
Next Part Two – The Actions of a Blogger in the Blogosphere
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