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!
The community aspect of book blogging will not just magically appear after a set number of days. It’s something you need to go out and find, and participate in. I don’t have too many tips, just a few basics that really will help make the blogging experience so much more fun.
1. Comment! Find some blogs that you like to read, and then comment on the posts. Don’t just scroll through your feed reader each day and stay a passive observer – you’ll never make connections with other bloggers that way. Comment with genuine observations about the post, and comment as often as possible. And in connection with number 1…
2. Reply! Reply to as many of the comments you receive on your blog as possible. Especially if the posted comment asks a question, or makes a statement that could easily lead to discussion. Engage your readers/commenters and show that you acknowledge and appreciate the time they took to read your thoughts and comment.
3. Twitter is where it’s at. Get a twitter if you don’t already have one, and have fun. Add bloggers, publishers, authors, anyone/anything that will keep you connected to the world of books. Interact with other bloggers, link your feed to your posts and goodreads accounts, etc. Don’t be afraid to talk with people on twitter. (this can go for tumblr, as well).
4. Goodreads. Sign up. It’s a great way to keep track of your books, yes, but there are tons of groups you can join that will get you interacting with other book lovers. Post your reviews there as well as on your blog.
5. Be present. Really, that’s what all of this comes down to. Show that you. Are. There. Don’t hide away in your blog and feed reader. Interact! Take time to ask questions, and answer questions. provide support and encouragement and you’ll receive it back. Be yourself out there for everyone to see. Just…be present.
That’s it, really. Join book sites and social networks, comment often (especially if you take part in memes like Teaser Tuesday or Waiting on Wednesday), engage your readers, get your reviews out there, and just have fun with it! Remember, other book bloggers automatically all have one thing in common with you – a love of books.