Wherein I pause to the theme from Mahogany

Diana Ross

Diana Ross has got a lock on her image and work. Wikimedia.

First, I want to lament that the theme from Mahogany, otherwise known as Do You Know Where You’re Going To is not alive on the internet. Luckily, Diana Ross is in my music library so I can get my fix later. Lady knows how to cast a spell.

Imagine the sparkly diva as you read:

Do you know where youre going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you
Where are you going to?
Do you know?

This is my meditation as I contemplate this last day of Zero to Hero, the blog-building initiative.

Hero to Zero

As an aside, early in January I tagged a post herotozero, which, beyond being an amusing mistake was also a sort of warning. How do we balance community courtship with our other blog intentions? Or is building community the only blog intention that matters? What do you think?

Now what, dear reader?

I must say, I’m a bit winded, but in that pleasant pink-cheeked sort of way. I won’t be able to sustain this level of engagement, that’s for sure. So, how do we make the best use of our time together?

What are your thoughts? Do you like the nonfiction stuff best? Fiction? Musings about writing or indie publishing?

I’d love to know what you enjoy reading, dear reader. And thank you. I enjoy our time together and appreciate our conversations.

2 thoughts on “Wherein I pause to the theme from Mahogany

  1. I think building a community is vital to blogging, but certainly not the only intention that matters. I think showing interest in others’ works is only right if you expect others’ to show interest in your work. However, I think there is something to be said about “following people for a follow-back” (i.e. following handfuls of blogs in the hopes that one or five or all of them will follow you back in return). I don’t much like it, and I think it’s sneaky…deceptive. I want people to follow my blog because they like it, not just so I follow them back! Personally, I make it a point to try to look into every blog that follows me (hey they showed interest in me, it’s only fair). However, I do NOT feel obligated to follow them out of courtesy if their blog doesn’t strike my fancy! 🙂

    Through Zero to Hero, I’ve ended up following a lot of blogs and I’m glad about that. 😀 But I think you raise a very interesting and thought-worthy question. Just where *do* we draw the line on, as you put it, “community courtship?”

    And now that I’m done with my response, I have one more matter to address: I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award! Thank you for inspiring me in a positive and creative way. 🙂 If you’d like, pass this award on to others by reading more about the award here: http://samanthalynnk.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/you-make-me-happy-when-skies-are-grey/#more-170

    🙂

    • Hi Samantha! Thanks for your thoughtful comment and kind nomination! I agree that the Zero to Hero experience helped me discover new blogs – like yours – that I’m excited to know about. As for following, there is a rather strange dance in that, as you described. I don’t think that WordPress makes it easy (or maybe it’s me) to follow back the blogs I want to follow back. Several times in my dashboard I’ve clicked follow only to see that I’m not following those same blogs the next time I check my dashboard. I have to go to each blog and click in the upper left corner. But that is an operational issue, not a philosophical one. I agree that it can’t all be about a “body count” – there has to be some connection between authors otherwise it ceases to have much meaning. That said, it can be hard to maintain all these connections, both meaningfully and logistically!

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