For Day 4 of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, we discuss my favorite part of book blogging – community! Our prompt: How do you stay connected to the community? Examples: social media, regular commenting, participation in blog events, etc. Tell us your faves!
For me, blogging began and continues to be about friendship. I started blogging when I was a stay at home mom of three small boys with little adult interaction. Social media was how I survived that time, and discovering that there was a whole world of online bookworms just blew me away. I started without worrying about stats or page views or posting schedules, all those details that tend to consume, and instead focused solely on community interaction. I had long conversations with fellow bloggers in their comment sections and my own comment sections. I participated in events, got involved in reading challenges, went to conferences, became active on Twitter, accepted books for review, and advocated for various causes.
Most of that enthusiasm died away when I hit my burnout wall (discussed in tomorrow’s post). I dropped mostly out of sight for a few years, wishing to be invisible to everyone except the handful of good blogging friends I’d made over the years. These days, I still consider myself to be on the fringes of the book blogging community. I don’t know a lot of the newer blogs. I haven’t taken a book for review in years. I rarely participate in events, with a few notable exceptions, and I don’t really go out looking for new blogs and bloggers.
Part of this, of course, is that my life has changed drastically. My boys are teenagers now, so I’m not quite tied at home full-time, and I strive for a lot more balance between my interests now than I did back in the early days of blogging. Part of it is that I’ve made many good friends, and keeping up with those friends is more important to me than widening the circle. Plus, I simply don’t have the time that I had back then! I can’t comment on fifty blog posts a day anymore, and that was the main way I kept my toes in the proverbial pond.
Still, though I don’t feel like I’m really in the thick of the book blogging community as a whole, I enjoy my personal little blogger community, with all my lovely friends around me, on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and GoodReads, every bit as “real” as my “in real life” friends. The best part of this community for me over the years have been as each of these online friends become in-person friends as well. These meetups bring me great joy, and I hope to have many more of them in the future!