Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BBAW 2011: Community


Today's topic for Book Blogger Appreciation Week is once again Community. This time we're supposed to: "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."

This topic definitely strikes a cord with me. I honestly don't think I am successful in this area and so it's good to think about, write about it and hopefully do something to improve my ability to find and keep community.

Memes
My primary resource for community is through memes. I've participated in different memes throughout the past two years, including It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Book Blogger Hop, and Teaser Tuesdays. Each has introduced me to new bloggers, brought me followers and given me new blogs to read. I think the key to using memes as a resource for fostering community is commenting on other meme participants. You can't just put up a post, link up and be done with it. You need to go to the linky list and visit other blogs. Leave meaningful comments for them, and they'll likely visit your blog to comment as well. [Speaking of comments, please answer the poll on my right sidebar!]

Twitter
I've found Twitter has been very useful for me in terms of finding community. I am able to tweet links to my blog posts and reviews, and I get more visitors to my blog that way. But I also find there are separate conversations going on within Twitter. One way I'd like to improve my use of Twitter is by joining in on more Twitter chats. I participated during Armchair BEA, but I really haven't found time to participate in other book-related chats. I'd like to put one or two on my schedule, and attend on a regular basis, as a way to build a stronger community connection. If you have any you'd like to recommend, let me know!

Reader - a goal
One of my biggest issues with building community is the sheer number of book blogs out there. I follow far too many, but I can't help myself! The problem is that by following so many, I don't feel like I get to know any of them very well. I may write 20 comments a week, but they're going on 20 different blogs, so I'm not really developing a relationship with anyone in particular. So my goal is to take some time to organize my Google Reader. I'd like to categorize the different book blogs in a way that allows me to really focus on a select group that resonate with me most. I'll still visit and comment on others occasionally, particularly when participating in memes. But I'd like to have a core set of bloggers with which I can have a stronger relationship.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it's better to visit and comment on more blogs less often, or on fewer blogs more often?

For more thoughts on building community, visit the BBAW website.

2 comments:

  1. That's a good question. I'm torn because I know the more blogs I visit, the more will come visit me, but it would also be nice to spend some quality time at certain blogs and develop a deeper rapport with those bloggers. So I guess I'm leaning toward visiting fewer blogs more often?

    Thanks for visiting my blog today! I love twitter too for finding community but I am at a point where (I hate to say this) I probably need to start paring back on who I'm following if I want to have more meaningful interactions. The people I really want to talk to are getting drowned out.

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  2. Great post, Julie. I have the exact same problems and concerns. I follow far too many blogs already and can never keep up (as you know because I am always behind!), but I do enjoy getting to know people and visiting new blogs.

    I don't know what the answer to finding the right balance is, but I do try leave thoughtful, specific comments when I visit a blog.

    If you figure out the answers, let me know!

    Sue

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