Today’s discussion topic is about community again:
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!
To be honest, I’ve been struggling to dig myself deeper into the blog community. I volunteer for stuff, sure, and I try to comment/Tweet at people/etc., but I still kind of feel like an outsider. Probably part of that comes from the fact that I don’t have a defined niche for my blog. I’ve got lots of crossover interests but I don’t really fit into any one defined kind of blog, you know? So I’m left sort of floating out in space while (it seems) everyone else is in their YA/classics/non-fiction/paranormal romance spaceships of amazingness.
I mean, I guess I could make my own spaceship, but it’d be a party of one in there and that kinda sucks. Even sending out messages to other spaceships isn’t all that fun when they go off to explore Saturn or something and I’m not invited to tag along.
I think the key to feeling more included might be to bring more community stuff back to my own blog, but I haven’t really worked out how to do that besides discussion posts (which I’m rubbish at). More events, maybe? (Also rubbish at that, by the way.) Videos, maybe! I don’t know, really.
Or maybe the key to feeling more included is in offline community stuff. Like, should I join a book club? Go to more book events? Meet up with book bloggers for coffee or something? That might work! I’m going to try doing some of that when I move to California. Not only will I be nearer to more book stuff but I’ll probably also feel like actually leaving the house once in a while.
What about you? Do you feel like you’re a crew of one in your own lonely spaceship? How do you keep from feeling lonely out in the vastness of book blogging space?