Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BBAW: Community II

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:

  1. 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! 
  2. 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!
  3. 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!


  1. I agree wholeheartedly about commenting. That is the most important thing, in my opinion.

  2. I really should make a BBAW post. I am so bad.

    And yes so true, comment and comment is the word

  3. Goodness, business cards! I've never really considered getting those before, but I suppose they'd be helpful at large events. Thanks for the tip! As for your others, I wholeheartedly agree.

  4. Loved your post! I think commenting is very important, and I love networking. When I started on Twitter I never knew how addicing it would be. I mostly talk to book blogger on Twitter, and it's a lot of fun.

  5. Hey whatdayaknow... my tips are exactly the same! :)

  6. I think you hit on the important point- it should be fun.

  7. Great recommendations - and popular ones, because they all WORK! Getting involved in blogging events is an excellent way to meet new-to-you bloggers.

  8. I've been shy about creating business cards and telling people about my blog. I'm not sure why... I'm not trying to intentionally limit myself but am doing so.

    Some great tips here!

  9. Great tips! I discovered your blog through your comments on my blog and remember saying, "how did I not know about her blog already!?

  10. I am so glad these tips are spot on everyone!

    Erin - go for it with the biz cards!

    Nomadreader - you made me blush!

  11. I stopped by here mostly because I saw on the Art of Fielding giveaway that you're a Giants fan :)

    I totally agree with you about the comments. I haven't wanted to sound rude, but it kinda bugs me when people just leave a link to their blog in the comment section. In the spirit of BBAW, I'm trying to stay friendly about it!

  12. definitely the three things that got me feeling like part of a community!

  13. Thanks for the tips!
    I try to comment as much as I can! =)

    I won a book from a blog about a month ago - and with the book she sent me her blog business card, great idea! thanks for the reminder!


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