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BBAW 2011 – Community, Part II

Today’s BBAW post is also about community, albeit in a slightly different way.

The world of book blogging has grown enormously and sometimes it can be hard to find a place. Share your tips for finding and keeping community in book blogging despite the hectic demands made on your time and the overwhelming number of blogs out there. If you’re struggling with finding a community, share your concerns and explain what you’re looking for–this is the week to connect!

Ah, yes – so many book blogs, so little time.

When I first started blogging, I just jumped in and didn’t really pay attention to the fact that there were literally thousands of other book blogs out there. It wasn’t until I had been blogging for almost two years that I started actively participating in the book blogging community. As it is, I’m a fairly eclectic reader, with wide-ranging tastes. I can’t easily identify myself as a YA blogger or a romance blogger or a fantasy blogger, because sometimes I’m all three.

I don’t know if there’s any “right” or “wrong” way to do things – you just have to figure out what works best for you. So, for what they’re worth, here are my tips:

  • Read other book blogs. Simple, I know, but it’s a good place to start. The best way to find a place within the book blogging community is to read other blogs and see if those bloggers are your kind of readers.
  • Look at other bloggers’ blog rolls. Blog rolls are often links to other bloggers. Here on LND, I call it my “literary love” page. If you find one particular book blog that you really love, check out who they really love – especially if/when you trust that book blog’s opinions. More often than not, you’ll start to see familiar book blog names coming up again and again.
  • Don’t limit yourself to connecting via blog. Most book bloggers also have accounts on other social media sites, like Twitter, Good Reads, Library Thing and Facebook. Each one offers something different. Twitter, for example, will let you send short quick messages – perfect for when time is in scarce supply. With Good Reads, you can communicate back and forth while reading, instead of after the review is written. Think outside the box when it comes to connecting with other bloggers – it’s not always just about the blog itself.
  • Find the time. We’re all busy, but community doesn’t happen unless you communicate. And I fully admit I’m terrible at communicating sometimes. But every now and then, I make a point of putting aside even just 5-10 minutes and writing a thoughtful comment on a blog post or sending a quick tweet to another blogger. It may not be much, but it’s something, and that’s better than nothing.
  • Patience is a virtue. I’m like anyone else – I’d love instant gratification. But that rarely happens. Building an online community for yourself or finding one you can be a part of takes time. It won’t necessarily happen over night. I’ve been blogging for almost three years and I’m still working on it. Have a little patience and you’ll get there eventually.

All this week, I’ll be writing Book Blogger Appreciation posts. Be sure to stick around to see what’s coming next!

[Photo Credit: BBAW website]

4 Comments

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    Posted September 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM | Link

    Great post, Mer- you hit all the highlights. It takes time & persistence but it’s worth it and so fun!

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    Posted September 14, 2011 at 2:07 PM | Link

    Other blog’s blogrolls are a great source for new blogs! And thanks for the reminder that a nice comment can be left in just a few minutes. Sometimes I feel like if I don’t have an hour or more to sit down and tackle a significant chunk of my Google Reader, there’s no point. But, a little is better than nothing!

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    Posted September 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM | Link

    Excellent points! I had quite the conversation about comments on twitter. Even just commenting on a few blogs does go a long way in fostering communication.

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    Meredith
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 5:26 PM | Link

    Marie, Erin and Teresa – thank you for your comments! I appreciate you taking the time.

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