I walk away from the feed reader for a few days and the next thing you know, Beth Kanter is giving me a "Bloggers Who Build Community" Award! Along with Amy Sample Ward and Beth Dunn, I'm honored by this, as this is one of my key blogging goals, so thank you Beth!
With the honor comes some responsibility--to pass it along. So here are my three picks for Bloggers Who Build Community:
Sue Waters of Mobile Technology in TAFE is one of the most incredibly helpful bloggers around. Not only does she build community through her own blog, she spends seemingly unlimited amounts of time surfing the web to assist others, making masterful use of her co-comments account to follow conversations and dispense helpful advice.
Danielle B, who I met during the 31 Day Challenge, blogs about what it means to be bipolar at The Bipolar Diaries. She takes what is a very difficult and sensitive subject--mood disorders--and makes the experience accessible to others. Suddenly, you're not alone in the world. And you can tell by the comments how much that's appreciated by her readers.
Tony Karrer of eLearning Technology always seems to have lively conversations going in comments, often because he asks a provocative question that gets people thinking. This piece on small group break-out sessions at conferences is a good example.
To me, all three of these bloggers do great things with community on their sites, encouraging comments and making themselves accessible to their readers. They're great role models for me.