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?