Welcome to day three of Book Blogger Appreciation Week everyone! Building off of this year’s theme of Cultivating a Community of Bloggers and Readers we will be sharing tips for how to find a sense of community within in the wider world of book blogging.
For me, in order to feel a part of the wider community, it really boils down to three essential things:
- Comment, Comment, Comment!: No one can know you exist unless you tell them. So this means find the bloggers you like and comment on their sites. We are a friendly bunch and most will come back and comment on your site. Voila, you will suddenly feel like you are participating in a wider dialogue. Now a few tips with commenting. Be sure to make your comments conversational! If you have nothing more to say than to provide a link back to your site, don't comment!
- Join in the Fun!: There are so many wonderful blogging events out there that you do have to pick you poison wisely but once you do, it can show you that the amount of book bloggers is vast and it is a fabulous community to be a part of. From events like BBAW, Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon, to the myriad of Meme's there is always something going on. By participating in these events you encourage others to link up and join in and it's a great way to find more blogs!
- Network!: Be sure to make your voice heard across many platforms (but always be professional about what you say) because the community is not just on their blogs! It's on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and various other places. Create business cards and this is essential, hand them out! Go to author events and participate in local book events within your community! Most importantly, it should be fun! And share it all back on your blog.
Now, what are your tips!