The blogging community is wonderful in so many ways. I talk about it a lot, but it’s true, and it’s such a rarity to find a group of amazing people, made all the more brilliant by their ability to work together, and to collaboratively form something even more fantastic.
IN our community, diversity is absolutely key, in my opinion. Diversity of backgrounds, of abilities, of strengths and weaknesses, of jobs and hobbies and talents — diversity is everywhere, and it’s great! The huge variety of people in this community is, for the most part, what makes me so proud to call myself a member of said community; I’m proud that, together, we can share and create something so overwhelmingly positive, bringing together experiences, thoughts, feelings and opinions from such a wide range of perspectives and places. I really wanted to think up a way of highlighting this diversity, in a way that was inclusive and personal, and so — in typical Kel fashion (because I always do what I say I’m going to do ISN’T THAT RIGHT?!) —, I devised a plan…
Celebrating Diversity Amongst Bloggers (or CDAB, if you’re so inclined)
* Frantically Googles ‘CDAB’ to make sure it isn’t some extremist political group *
I’m super excited to finally share this project with you: I’ve been planning it for a while, working out how it would work, and then getting some absolutely amazing people on-board. I wanted to wait until after exam season — for me, anyway — before I kicked this one off, to ensure I could be dedicated and focused. So, here we go — let me explain how this is going to work.
Celebrating Diversity Amongst Bloggers is a way to highlight the huge variety of individuals within the online community — bloggers or otherwise —; anyone who shares a part of their life online. I reached out on twitter, for contributions to this project, and got an overwhelmingly positive response, both from my followers and those who saw it around — I was so surprised!
On my blog, twice a week, I will post up a contribution from a blogger or Twitter-user (Twitterer?), sent to me by them. They have all written a bio-type article about themselves, talking about themselves, their talents, hobbies, aspirations and hopes for the future. The ones I have received so far are absolutely excellent, and I can’t wait to share them with you. I hope that this will help to highlight the diversity within our community, by focussing on the strengths and talents of those within it, showing what a multi-ability bunch we are!
I want this project to really mean something, making it long-lasting and enjoyable, both for those involved and those reading. A page will be added on my blog, with links to each and every post in this project, with additional links to follow the contributors’ blogs and/or Twitter accounts. I really hope this enables people to see, clearly, the diversity and variety I’m attempting to highlight.; we should all be so proud of that, and strive to grow it even more.
The project will start this Sunday — one week from now —, on 1st July. Posts will be uploaded on each Sunday and Wednesday, and will be immediately added to the afore-mentioned page. I am still very open to contributions; I recognise that not everybody has Twitter, or chooses to follow me on it (RUDE!!). If you’re interested in participating, by writing, recording or filming a short bio-type piece about yourself, including your current situation (student, job, etc), hobbies, aspirations and anything else about you, please feel free to get in touch, either in the comments below or using the contact form on this site.
I am extremely excited to begin sharing some of the wonderful posts written for this project with you all: we are so lucky to be part of this wonderful community, and I am so grateful to everyone who has agreed to take part in this project! I hope you’re as excited as I am!!