Tuesday, March 30, 2010

THE WOW MOVEMENT

When I first began this blogging life a few months ago, I was struck by what a remarkable, even miraculous, system this is.
For those of us of mature years, the miracle of internet communications is extraordinary. Never before in human history has there been a possibility for millions of people throughout the world to communicate so easily with and to listen to others – ignoring distance and time.
And blogging is one of the ways it’s done.
It struck me off the bat, right there at the beginning, that there was a key difference in blog posts. There were “chatty” posts and there were posts found in what might be labeled “blogs of substance,” posts that contained content, not just chat.
I must tread carefully here: I have no desire to offend anyone, or to appear elitist or condescending. I understand how valuable and how important it is for so many to be able to communicate with friends and family, chatting about routine daily events and happenings.
But I also wondered how many of the millions of folks in the blogosphere out there would be interested in blogs of substance – featuring posts with “content” that would help us all make the most of our blogging experience – and how one might go about finding them.
Then I came upon two very interesting women: Sandy and Pam. They had been thinking along the same lines. They did something about it.



They formed a support site named WOW, for Words of Wisdom, “…a place for bloggers who enjoy reading and writing great content to find each other.”
They go on to explain what they mean by “content”: “Great content is blog posts that are thought-provoking and/or insightful. Blog posts that make the reader stop and think and maybe even feel compelled to ‘join the conversation’ by leaving a well-thought-out comment. These posts can be serious or humorous. They can be about any topic. But what they have in common is content. Great content.”
By the way, WOW has nothing to do with ads or money-making blogs, nothing to do with “monetizing.”
If you’ve been looking for this type of “blog of substance,” visit WOW – which I’m hoping will become a kind of movement – and find out more: http://ourwisdomofwords.blogspot.com
Or you can email ‘em at: ourwordsofwisdom@gmail.com



Now, speaking of acronyms, we come to BON.
This stands for Blogger of Note. WOW regularly features a BON and suggests everyone visit the blog of that special blogger of note and leave a comment.
Reason I find this so interesting is that I heard it through the grapevine – (I have a friend among the California Raisins) – that the BON, the Blogger of Note, to be announced this coming Friday, is none other than simple, humble, self-effacing me.
There’s a big BON party planned; lots of champagne on ice. (Or there would be if I had any.) And of course there should be a BONfire, though I probably won’t have that either. But maybe I’ll be able to afford a box of BONbons. :-)
No matter. Being named a Blogger Of Note is a distinct honor, and I’ll enjoy my 15 minutes of fame this Friday. Hope you’ll drop around and say hello.

13 comments:

Derrick said...

Well done to you! I just heard about this site myself and wish them luck.

willow said...

Congratulations! Wow is right! Be prepared for a boat load of visitors, Mr. B. Blogger team sure got it right this time. Hey, how do you know these things? You've got great grapevine connections!

Everyday Goddess said...

BON could not have happened to a better blogger!

Congratulations!

Your numbers are going to zoom!

Mama Zen said...

Congratulations!

Berowne said...

willow: "Hey, how do you know these things? You've got great grapevine connections!"

They wrote and told me in advance.

ds said...

Hello. I can't be around on Friday, so will congratulate you now. Obviously, you earned the award for your incredible BON mots ;)

Well done, Berowne!

Berowne said...

My thanks to Derrick, Mama Zen and ds for your very encouraging words.

Berowne said...

Everyday Goddess: "BON could not have happened to a better blogger!"

A great comment from one of my oldest friends in the blog world. Thanks.

savannah said...

Congratulations and thank you for sharing the link! xox

Everyday Kathy said...

Delighted that BON has found the way to your door... hope it isn't too forward of me to follow immediately. I like what I see here!

Kathy over at Everyday Bliss

Berowne said...

Everyday Kathy: "I like what I see here!"

Glad to hear it, Kathy. Thanks.

Cheryl said...

Didn't find you until today because no one let me in on the BON for today. *sigh* I'm thrilled for you! Well done.

Muckala Family said...

Congratulations! I'm a little behind on catching up on the lucky BON people. I enjoy your writing!

 
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