Today’s topic at BBAW:
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!
I have been blogging for four and a half year now; however, I am still fairly new to book blogging. This blog here is less than a year old so we are still in the process of building a community and readership.
There are a few things we do at QGR to help build community around our blog:
-We aim to keep the discussion going in the comments, which translates to replying to every comment we get on a post we’ve written. There may be occasions where this falls through the cracks, but I’d say overall, we are pretty good at this. When we see new readers leave a comment, we visit them and leave a comment back.
When it comes to reading and commenting on other blogs in general aside from replying to what we receive at QGR, I can only speak for myself here. I have a folder in my favorites dedicated to book blogs. Anytime I come across a new blog that I like, I favorite them. On the blogroll located on the header I have listed blogs that regularly visit us and bloggers that any of the QGR ladies have formed a personal relationship with. (note: this is not a complete list and still a work in progress.) It is an ongoing project. After Armchair BEA, Molly put all the blogs that came to visit in our google reader for our shared email account and divided them up between the five of us. I usually spend about half an hour in the mornings visiting blogs, going methodically through my various lists. I also make a point to visit and leave a comment on everyone who has left a comment on each post during the week, be they regulars or newbies. Hopefully, by the end of the week, I’ve gotten around to everyone. Sometimes I am really good at this. Other times not so much.
-Another thing we do is participate in memes. We are selective around these parts. We don’t want to be overloaded with memes; however, memes can be fun and can be useful for building readership. We participate in Teaser Tuesday every other week, which Margot spearheads. She takes the time to get everyone’s teasers, write up the post and visit, visit, visit.
-We also love us some blogging events. I am a BIG fan of Dewey’s 24 hour readathon. I have participated in every single one since fall of 2008. I LOVE it. In May we participated in Armchair BEA, and now this week it’s BBAW. I love all these events because a. they are just plain fun. b. It is great exposure to meet other book bloggers. I always discover new favorites at these things. c. It is a way to put ourselves out there and give others a chance to discover us.
That’s an idea of how QGR operates. What about you? What are your favorite community builders?