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!
In answer to the question on the topic, “How Do You Do Community?,” I’d have to say fair to middling, but that’s all right because if I was doing great at community, then I’d never have time to write anything on this blog. Besides events like this, the main mediums that keep me connected to the book blogging community are The Sunday Salon and Twitter. In fact, I have to say probably if it weren’t for The Sunday Salon, I doubt I’d be involved with the book blogging community at all. From there, I’ve branched out to connect with some of those same folks on Twitter and then a few of their friends by extension.
To a very small extent, I keep track of a few through GoodReads, although mostly I’ll be honest I’ve been hit by a lot of what I consider spam from authors there. If you don’t have a book blog, or are promoting your latest book, it’s unlikely I’ll be friends with you there. That said, if I already know you through your blog and you are looking to write a book, or have written a book, I’ll probably be (or already am) friends with you there. I’m not that exclusive.
Like others whom I have read this morning writing on this subject, it often is difficult to keep up with everything out there…so my advice to those just beginning blogs, or even those who have been “in the game” for years, DON’T. You can’t, so don’t even try. Keep to a few tried and true things: Facebook, Twitter, one or two meme groups like The Sunday Salon and maybe a challenge or two, if you’re so inclined. But don’t get bogged down with it all. In the end, you’ll just be frustrated…I know because I’ve been there. It’s best just to keep it simple…
It doesn’t pay to do otherwise.