BBAW – How Do I Do Community?
Life as a book blogger is not always easy.
I have a job that while it is only 25 hours a week, I spend a night or two a week volunteering, I have a mandatory dinner date once a month with a group of girls I used to work with, I have an amazing book club of 14 strong that I meet with every month for in-depth book discussion, writing a book, I try (TRY) to work out by bike riding rollerblading and classes at the gym, I am in a weekly study group, plan special events, spend the weekend with my hubby or traveling to nearby towns and festivals with friends… oh yeah…. and I read. 😛
Uhhh….. Sheila…. what does that have to do with the Book Blogging Community?
Well actually a lot. By what I said above I think we can all agree I am a community girl. I love love love getting in and trying new things, supporting great causes, meeting new people… and yeah – all of that takes time.
Knowing all of this about me…. the Book Blogging Community is also so important to me.
But ummmm…. why? You have so much going on? Why care? Why do it?
Well that is the beauty of the book blogging community. Back when I felt like a lone reader (pre-blogging), I had people I could occasionally talk books with, but certainly not on a daily basis. When I discovered book blogging, and that there are so many others like me…. seriously….. book lover heaven. There is no other way to describe it.
Yes – yes the early years were crazy (early years… ha! Who am I kidding… I am three years in and it is still crazy! :razz:) I started out wanting to find book lovers who read what I liked to read, and yeah that worked…
I think the real community began when I started reading blogs and bookish topics that were not necessarily my genre, but I liked what they were saying…. and suddenly all sorts of great book blogs entered into my life and I was reading books I would have never thought to read…. and loving them… I had to read every post these bloggers wrote and I loved “comment chatting” it up with them and boy… did my book tastes open up to a whole new world.
How do I keep up with it? Well…. I enjoy it so I make time. I try to comment on at least 10 blogs a day. That usually comes easy as I my wind down time is usually seeing what others are reading anyway… I recommend that if you are still trying to find your “community piece” of the blog world make sure you are commenting. Conversations begin, and by the time I went to BEA in 2010…. the book bloggers I had connected with on-line were already like friends. Meeting them in person was not awkward at all. Seems to me that from my experience, book bloggers are pretty real people and I did not meet anyone that seemed different than who they were on their blog and in the blogesphere.
SO … three years in I can say I have slowed down on the commenting but certainly not because I want too… just lack of time. I love meeting new book lovers and I really get my fix through the Monday What Are You Reading meme. Chatting books is a passion of mine and you – all of you who read and comment… you make my day. SERIOUSLY. I come home to comments and they make me smile, and occasionally laugh out loud.
You stretch me. I love it! My life since June 9, 2009 … when I first discovered book blogging…. has never been the same and I do not regret a minute of it. I look forward to my time to unwind and catch up on the book world. Thank you…. thank you…. to me, you are what makes book blogging so pleasurable.
(*Note comments on this post will be entered into my BBAW drawing for today discussed in my morning post directly below this one. 😀 )