The blogosphere is as connected as you want it to be. You are as connected to it as you wish to be as well. There isn’t an “online community” here on WordPress. There are thousands of communities, groups, and support groups here doing our own thing. We all contribute to the noise that is the blogosphere though and that is what binds us even if we don’t care for one another or one another’s views.
1) I am a blogger. I support bloggers because that is part of what blogging is about. At least to me. The reason people seem to care so much about what I say is for two reasons. I help a lot of people daily. You may consider a “reblog” or a share of a post a small thing and that is your right to an opinion. But let me ask you this unnamed blogger. Have you ever had someone do something randomly kind for you with no obligation for repayment? That is how I view the way I share blog posts and bloggers on my website. I don’t expect their “loyalty” or patronage back. Half the time I don’t even get a thank you and that is ok.
2) The other reason people care is because “other people” care. If I were writing to myself in a corner no one would give two shits about HarsH ReaLiTy or my opinions here. It is due to all of you and your comments that people notice… and in turn feel a need to care.
I share posts on topics and from blogs that I don’t agree with. I don’t feel I necessarily need to agree with their posts (for the most part) to openly share it to the blogosphere. I have a little bit of a reach and if I can connect you with similar minded people that is never a bad thing. That is my intended goal. I have no niche on my blog and no target audience. My only “target” is to find open minded people that also have a sense of humor and don’t take themselves too seriously. Because of this focus I gather many bloggers from many different genres and niches. Those differing groups are who I am sharing your blog posts with.
I know my blogging “power” right now. I make it my business to know. While I can’t guarantee numbers obviously, I do know that when I share a post at least a few hundred people visit that blogger. That is due directly to my willingness to share and more importantly my lack of selfish feeling. I don’t feel a “need” to protect what I have and greedily horde readers I will never control. That is stupid. There are so many bloggers online these days that there is absolutely NO NEED for any bloggers to “fight” over readers. And yet some bloggers still do and accuse people like me of “over posting and hogging all the attention.” What those people fail to realize is that it is not me that hinders their dreams and goals. It is themselves and their small perception of social media.
It is also their expectation that other people should do “random kind things” for them like share their blog posts. I ask you again unnamed blogger… how much do you do for others while you sit and expect favors from everyone else?