Thursday, May 26, 2011

Armchair BEA: nurturing relationships

Today's Armchair BEA topic is all about nurturing relationships we make through our blogs.

But, well, I'm still a newbie at blogging, having only been at this for about five months now, so I don't think I have any wisdom to impart on this topic. Part of the reason I started a blog was to become a part of the community of book and library bloggers, but to be honest, I often find myself hesitant to really jump in and join the ongoing conversation in the blogosphere.

So, a question for YOU, my fellow bloggers: how do you put yourself out there and get more interactive?

8 comments:

  1. The best thing I think you can do is participate in events like this and be a part of larger events in your community. If an opportunity comes up, both online and in real life, go be a part of it and tell us about it. That always gets people interested!

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  2. Thanks for the advice! I definitely feel like participating in Armchair BEA is bringing me out of my shell, so I will look for more opportunities like this. There's a book blogger meet-up in my area in June, and I'm planning on that. Little by little, I'll get out there. :) Thanks again for the encouragement!

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  3. Definitely events like this, and memes. obviously you don't want to participate in every meme out there but a few select ones will really get your blog out there. I recommend follow friday and the blog blogger hop, over at parajunkee.com and crazy-for-books.com they're both blog hops so it is all about seeing what new blogs are out there. Plus, they take place over the weekend which gives you plenty of time to particpate which brings me to my second point...

    comments. comment comment comment. I genuinely can't stress this enough. It's rare for your blog to be successful just by it's very existence, you need to TELL people about it. A lot of people say they don't have time for comments, but that's a personal choice in my opinion. I happily sacrifice an hour of reading to set aside the time to comment on the blogs I read everyday. Make sure your commets are relevant to the post, show you've actually read what was written! something more than "great review" is gonna make the poster really happy and definitely encourage them to check out your blog.

    always leave your link too, just put it at the bottom of the post. The way to do this is Reading Everywhere that makes it easy for people to find you.

    Use twitter. follow bloggers on twitter and chat to them-it's a great way to meet people on a more casual basis.

    if you need more help, we have the hashtag #bookbloghelp on twitter-use that and one of us will answer your questions!!


    The Cait Files

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  4. sorry the HTML didn't send-if you tweet me (@CaitLomas) I will send it to you that way

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  5. I found events like this helpful, also ones like MOther Reader's 48 hour book blogging marathon, which comes up in June. Also commenting on other people's blogs and also participating in memes like Nonfiction Monday and Book Blogger Hop.

    From The Fourth Musketeer

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  6. Everyone took all the good answers! So can I just say... I agree! :) It looks to me like you've got a good start! Keep at it.

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  7. I do a couple weekly memes (Waiting on Wednesday, In My Mailbox and sometimes Top Ten Tuesday) and I also participate in blog hops on occasion. I found that doing a giveaway every once in a while really did help add to my readership.

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  8. @Cait - Thank you for stopping by with such great advice! I really appreciate it. I definitely enjoy commenting on other people's blogs. Sometimes I just feel like I don't have anything to contribute, and that's where I get a little shy! But I've just gotta push past that. :) Thanks for the tip about putting a link to my blog at the end of each comment.

    @Fourth Musketeer - Thanks! I have really enjoyed participating in Armchair BEA, so I'm going to be on the lookout for other events I can participate in, for sure. I'm really feeling a sense of community- which is exactly what I was hoping for when I started this blog!

    @Suey - Thanks for the encouragement! :)

    @Beth - Giveaways are a good idea. Currently, I donate all ARCs and most finished copies of books to my library. But I'll have to see if I can figure out a fun giveaway now and then!

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