I've been reading all the posts on various food blogs that have dealt with the food blogging community and I find that we are in an interesting place right now. I write this as someone who is pretty new at this (9 months) and as one not in the geographic center of a large food blogging community (Central NY is not the Bay Area in this regard--or several others, but I digress.) But I write as one whose "day job" is about forming and re-forming a community of people.
Obviously blogging has opened up a wonderfully, more interactive way of being in community that few internet folks would have envisioned a decade ago. I think one of the reasons it is so hard to pin down what it means for us to be in community (or shall we say "relationship") is that we are reinventing it in this forum called the blogosphere. Our notion of community is evolving--we are building the ship as we fly, as they say.
Like many other intentional communities we have a sense of purpose and identity as food bloggers but little else holds us together. We have few rules, laws, or norms that we have all signed on to. We only discover the boundaries of what is unacceptable when we trip upon them as the Food and Wine article discussion has shown. And yet, for the most part, we all get along just fine and more than that, find ever deepening relationships and a growing web of relationships as more join the circle.
So my point is--there is probably something that we can teach the world in how we hold together as a community connected across the globe. Think about it--we may be in touch with some bloggers through comments more often than members of our own families. My question is--what might that be?