Thursday, May 26, 2011
Armchair BEA: Nurturing Relationships
Today I am getting on a plane and heading to New York City so I can attend the Book Blogger Convention! To say I am excited is an understatement. This is probably the most active thing I've done to improve and gain knowledge about blogging ever so I really hope I get a lot out of it. I promise when I get back to share my experiences with you!
Today's Armchair BEA topic is about Nurturing Relationships. This topic is apt because I will be able to nurturing my blogging relationships in person there! Two people that won't be in New York unfortunately are two of my greatest blogging buddies though and I would like to talk about how important it is to have bloggers that you can rely on that aren't in person. Let's face it, while these in person events are great, the majority of your blogging time is alone, all alone. When you are faced with a blogging dilemma you need to have someone else you can turn to. Someone who may have dealt with this before or someone you can ask for advice. Even when you just want to vent or say, "Hey, how did you add that thing to your blog?". These are called Blogging Buddies and are invaluable!
I have two and while we may not chat every day, when we do it always makes me smile. I've never met them in person but I really hope I do get to someday!
Melissa at Gerbera Daisy Diaries became a blogging buddy organically. Over a year ago now, what started as an innocent comment on my blog about having received a Christmas present in common: Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall has turned into an affinity for hosting read alongs together and therefore constant contact spanning months at a time! We have similar reading tastes when it comes to massive tomes and we seem to come at them from totally different angles which makes the whole process a blast! You may not think a single gal from San Francisco and a mom from Arkansas would have a lot in common, but believe me, we can chat via email about books all day!
Care at Care's Online Book Club and I formed our buddy relationship with more intent, ie "will you be my buddy". At first, we had some specific questions about our blogs we were trying to resolve. Furious emails ensued until we could get to the bottom of the problem. Now, when things come up we email back and forth. It's great! I know when I have a question, she will respond to me quickly with some really solid blogging advice. We all need that pat on the shoulder in what can be a sometimes lonely endeavour.
So yes I am a big advocate for blogging buddies. Even if you never have a question come up for resolution and it's just someone to chat about books that is like-minded, it's well worth the effort of emailing a blogger you like and saying, "Hi, would you be my buddy?"