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BBAW Day 3: Community Pt. 2

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Wednesday September 14th:  Community Part II
Today we are to share 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.
WOW! Is this topic a hot one for me.  This is something I struggle with every day.  I actually find that taking time to keep my community and blogging going takes away from time to read – which leads to less blogging! It’s a vicious cycle. 
My first tip is TWITTER! If you are not on Twitter, you really need to join. And once you are there – you need to reach out and say hello.  Everyone is so friendly and it’s a great place to find out what everyone is talking about in a central location. Plus there are publishers, authors and readers all in the same location with the bloggers. It’s a great support network and excellent place to get the word out about your blog.
My second tip is Google Reader or some sort of RSS feed/blog following site.  I like Google Reader. I have it divided into folders and put blog feeds into groups like “author blogs,” “must read blogs,” “YA blogs,” etc. It’s an easy way to organize and keep up with blogs you like to follow.
My third and final tip for today is leave comments on other blogs.  I LOVE to receive comments from folks. It makes my day when I get the email notifications that someone has left me a little note. It helps me see who’s reading my blog and what their interests are. Then I can link back to their blogs and so on. It is a great networking tool to find more blogs and reach out to the people around you.
My final thought is this: The book blogging community is generally a warm and fuzzy crowd that sticks together. So if you have to step away for a while, if you fall off the face of the earth, if your community shrinks a little, it’s okay. The blogging community will always welcome you back with open arms and a great big (virtual) hug.

How do you stay connected in the blogging community?

  • Some good tips-using Twitter really helped me-My ideas are similar to yours

    Hi, I am stopping by from the Philippines to visit your blog via the list of posts for Day Three

    Please Stop by My Blog if you Like

  • YES, twitter! I can’t imagine being a book blogger and NOT using it, especially twitter parties!!

    I couldn’t find how to follow you there =[ I’m @ReadingRomances !

  • Welcome mel u and Reading! It’s so great to meet fellow bloggers.

    My twitter id is twimom227

  • Twitter is great. You can participate as much or as little as you want.

  • I love your final thought. It is so true. It’s like picking up where you left off and most will tell you they are happy to see you back in the swing of things.

    Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  • Yes to all of these! I also find reading with other people is a great way to stay connected. (Hey, we’re all going to read anyway, right??) I love the idea of Twitter — I’m on there, I follow, and I have followers — but I’m a little overwhelmed by it. I’m hoping to pick up some tips for using it well today!

  • Good advice about using folder for Google reader. I have 1 folder titled books that all my book blogs go into but I only follow 20 or so blog right now. That’s going to definitely help when I follow more blogs. Thanks!

    Alison at The Cheap Reader

  • I concur on all the wisdom you spread in this post 😉 And Twitter…it has been a life saver this year!

  • You are the first person I’ve seen mention Google Reader, and you are so very right! Having a place to manage all of my subscriptions helped dramatically with connecting to the community! Great suggestion!

  • Amen, Amen, Amen and AMEN Jen! (I had to add the extra just for fun). Twitter is amazing, I’d be lost without it. Google Reader is a LIFE SAVER! And leaving comments is awesome. I am with you, I love when people leave me comments, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I also like to leave others comments because I know it makes their day. 😀 It is hard to stay on top of everything even with Google Reader, when life gets in the way and blog deadlines it’s just tough. I have a few select friends who comment on my blog regularly and I try my best to keep up with their blogs the most, it’s a give and take thing. The more people comment on my blog the more I comment on theirs. Of course, I never would have found them if the networking through twitter wasn’t there. 😀

  • I totally agree – Twitter is the happening place to be. I’m on there every day. LOL

    I’m more of a lurker but I’m trying to fix that. I’m trying to comment more.

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