The Power Of The Blogging And Writing Communities

The power of the blogging and writing communities is something I’ve never underestimated.

Ask for some support or help, and it’s guaranteed that the blogging and writing communities will gather together and help.

Needless to say that I’ve never been let down when I have asked for help or support on a writing or blogging matter. I’ve often been overwhelmed by the amount of help and support offered to me.

On December 9th, 2019, I launched my fifth annual Christmas charity appeal to the blogging and writing communities. I asked bloggers, authors and writers to leave me links to their blogs, blog posts, author pages and books. For every link left, I would donate £1 to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

I’m delighted to announce that bloggers, authors and writers helped me raise over £250.

During the last five years, bloggers, authors and writers have helped me raise over £1,250 for charity.

As a thank you to everyone who left links on the 2019 Christmas charity appeal, I have created a ‘Top Blogs and Authors To Follow in 2020’ page on my blog.

You can access the page by clicking here or by clicking on the ‘Top Blogs and Authors To Follow in 2020’ button on the menu bar at the top of my blog.

If you get a chance, please do visit these bloggers and writers and thank them for the support they gave me in raising funds for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

The list will remain on my blog until the end of 2020.

On behalf of Toby, Austin and myself, thank you very much for helping us raise money for charity over the last five years.

#dogs #pets #corgis #animals

Do you have any examples of the power of the blogging and writing communities? Share them with us in the comments section.

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  1. This is so inspiring… I live in a part of the world where blogging is still mostly treated as a casual hobby and one of my personal missions is to get people to notice all the wonderful things one can achieve via blogging communities


  2. Fantastic, Hugh! And you are the one to be thanked, creating this amazing initiative each year. Every donation – whether by you, others, or ourselves – to animal charities makes me smile.

    The blogging and writing community has been there for me in ways of encouraging and supporting me throughout the writing process of my memoir and by leaving useful information and tips to improve my road to conclusion and publication.

    Happy 2020 to you and yours (furry and otherwise) and I hope the new year will be as pleasing, productive, and special for you as 2019 was.

    1. Well, that’s so very kind of you to say, Liesbet, but I could not have done it without the support of the blogging and writing communities. Everyone who supported me is, in my eye, a hero. Together, we’ve made the lives of some of our four-legged friends a little more comfortable.

      If 2020 is anything like 2019 was, then I won’t be complaining. Happy New Year.

  3. The blogging community is filled with special people, like yourself, Hugh! I’m so glad your charity was boosted over the holidays and my heart is filled with the knowledge that dogs are being looked after and cared for with help from generous folks! Congratulations on reaching your goals for the charity. A happy new year to you and I will see you back in the blogosphere next week!

    1. Thanks, Terri. Without all of the support of the blogging and writing communities, I’d never have reached my target. A big thank you to all of you too.

      Looking forward to your return from your blogging break. I hope you’ve had a great time while on vacation.

      Best wishes for 2020.

    1. Thank you, Debbie. The blogging and writing community never fail to support me when I launch my Christmas charity appeals. Without you all, I’d never have achieved my target. It’s all of you that are the heroes.

  4. Magnificent! I wish I had seen this sooner, your charitable works humble me. I blogged a serious but quirky rhyme about the homeless this Christmas. Although not huge amounts of comments or likes were gainned, a Blogger shared it to a well known homeless charity who is interested in using it for a promotional advert. For me to have reached the people who needed to hear and read it … it took a blogger to get it to the right place.

    1. That’s a wonderful example of how just one blogger has the power to get our work noticed by lots of others, Ellen. Well done on getting your rhyme into the world of advertising. Maybe this is the beginning of something even bigger? My fingers are crossed for you.

  5. This is wonderful, Hugh! What an amazing way to welcome a new year. Sorry, I missed your post in December. I went offline for a little bit. Reading this today brought an instant smile. Thank you. I look forward to visiting the generous blogging community you’ve listed. Bravo to all. Cheers!

  6. Great news, Hugh! I did share a link on my blog nominating a local radio station I was working at for an award. It was in aid of their programme to train children and youths, and they were successful, so we were all very happy with the support. The power of the blogging community when it gets together is unstoppable. Thanks, Hugh!

  7. Thank you for the generous support of your time to set up the Christmas charity. You are a wonderful example of how one person can make a difference and the ripple effect. Also, thank you Hugh, for introducing me to new bloggers. Fun! Erica

    1. I’m delighted to have introduced you to them, Erica. Every year I have launched my Christmas charity appeal, the blogging and writing communities never fail to come over and help me reach the target I set. Everyone who supported me is an example of a wonderful person. In my eyes, all heroes.

    1. Delighted to have introduced you to all of them, Carol. The blogging and writing communities never fail to respond to a call for help or support. We’re all so lucky to belong to such wonderful communities. They keep our worlds revolving.

  8. That’s awesome, will take a look at the list!! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 8. Pinned.

    Have you seen my short story prompt link party? It is a creative writing exercise for fun and without a lot of editing. Just start typing and see what you come up with! Remember, no story is too short! See the party on my site for the current prompt, closes on the 9th.

    1. You’re welcome. I was delighted to get an email asking me to join your linkup party. It’s never happened before, so I was pleased to get the email.

      If I get the chance, I’ll pop over and check out the short story prompt link party before the 9th.

      1. Oh, that must have been the email from InLinkz to notify followers that the party was open. Thanks again!

  9. I’m glad you did so well! I’ve felt the support of the blogging community recently when I wrote a post on depression and again when I asked for help in a cover contest- bloggers came through!

  10. I find your way of supporting the charity for beautiful animal souls so wonderful, Hugh 😀
    While I was serious ill few years ago, my adult kids reached out to my friends in here to keep all updated. I’m still overwhelmed by all that positive support, as was offered to both my kids and myself. I find, that we have a beautiful community in here and feel grateful for each friend, I have met here.

    1. Thank you, Irene. It’s something I enjoy doing every year. I see it as a great way of thanking all of those who give me support or help or make me laugh and enjoy life.

      Thank you for sharing with us how the blogging community reached out to you and your family. It’s a wonderful example of how brilliant they all are.

  11. Hi Hugh – well done on helping those four-legged friends … always deserving. Years ago, soon after I started blogging, about 30 of us supported a youngster who was in hospital for some treatment, thankfully he’s still here … and he supported my mother in her Nursing centre and continues to support me – or we support each other. Amazing how people from all walks of life so happily connect and appreciate each other’s writing, as well as assistance/support at times … we learn so much from being around the blogging world. Take care and have a good year – Hilary

    1. I agree, Hilary. Thank you for sharing your experience of the power and care of the blogging and writing communities. I think we belong to a beautiful world where most of the people in it do care. I’m glad I became a member. If only the outside world was the same.
      Wishing you much happiness and good health for the year ahead.

  12. Oh, wow. I admire your dedication to your cause, Hugh, and I’m glad that you’re getting support from the blogging community.

    I’ve had a taste of the power of the blogging community, too. Especially during the last five months of last year, when I was too overwhelmed with some challenges and unable to blog or write. A few bloggers supported me nearly every day with comforting emails and messages, prayers and whatnot. I had never felt so loved in my life. For someone who has little to no friends offline, I so much appreciate the many benefits that come with blogging.

    1. Thank you for sharing your story of the power of the blogging and writing communities, Obinna. It’s very reassuring to know that help and support are out there. I think we’re all lucky to have so many online friends who care for us. For me, it makes blogging and writing even better.

  13. Aw, that’s awesome!

    I’ve seen the power of the blogging community in a situation where a blogger had cancer, and tons of people came forward in the comment section to say how they were supporting her and praying for her.

    1. Yes, I’ve seen evidence of that happening as well. I think it helps tremendously to see so much support in the comments section of a blog post, especially given that many of the people who have left comments are thousands of miles away.

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