"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!"I suppose I'm not sure how to respond to this one. I certainly feel like I've found a community within book blogging but I haven't been as involved in that community as others seem to be. Her Book Self isn't currently on Facebook and I haven't yet put time or effort into figuring out Twitter. But I don't see those as community outlets so much as ways to network. I know I have a decent number of Google Friend Connect followers and I know I follow way too many blogs than I have time to read. Yet within the group of all the blogs I follow - and within the group of all those that follow me - I feel there's a bit of an inner circle of those that really read my posts. They're usually the ones that take the time to leave a thoughtful comment. And I do the same for them because they're the blogs that make me smile a little when I see them come up in my massive blog roll because I'm actually excited to see their posts.
I don't have any tricks or tips to contribute here because I don't think there's a how-to guide about finding blogs you like to read. It's going to be different for each person, but I know when I do find blogs I like, I'm quick to comment and even quicker to follow. When those bloggers reciprocate - either responding to my comments or commenting on my own blog - I feel a sense of connection. It's validating to have people care about what I write.
And of course, cultivating community online can be most difficult in busy seasons. Right now I've been struggling to keep this blog updated as two family friends were diagnosed with cancer within a week of each other. These are the times when I feel like giving up this blog altogether because real life seems too demanding. But at the same time, I love the creative outlet that blogging provides. Reading keeps me sane and blogging keeps me reading. So how do I maintain community when I rarely have time for my own blog let alone time to keep tabs on those I enjoy most? Like good friends that can go years without seeing each other and still fall into intimate friendship, I appreciate comments and posts from bloggers in my community, even in their periods of inconsistency and I can only hope that same grace extends from other bloggers to me.
Whether you read every post I publish, one a week, one a month, or one a year - I appreciate you taking the time to hear me.
I write for myself, but I hit "Publish Post" for you.