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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Armchair BEA: Nurturing Relationships


So today we're supposed to be talking about nurturing relationships that we've made through book blogging. As most of you realize, I'm still a new-ish book blogger so I'm still in the middle of learning how to network and build relationships with the other bookish people that I want in my life. I've picked up a few tips in the past two months:

1. Twitter:

Okay, before I had my blog, I had never tweeted before. I didn't really know how Twitter worked and I was frankly a little intimidated by it. I decided to set up a Twitter account after seeing how many other book bloggers that I had started commenting on had Twitter accounts. Now I love it! It's a good, quick way to meet bloggers, authors and publishers.

You can find me on Twitter here:
@abookishaffair

2. Goodreads:

Long before I started A Bookish Affair, I wrote reviews on Goodreads. It was interesting to compare books with other reader types and I found a lot of new books to read.

You can add me on Goodreads using the link at the very bottom of this page. Let's compare our TBR lists!

3. Interacting on Each Other's Blogs

Before I blogged on A Bookish Affair, I was a pretty active blogger on Xanga, another blogging community. One of the things that I learned there is the importance of actually interacting with other bloggers. Here on A Bookish Affair, I try to reply to every comment but if I don't reply, I usually try to visit your blog. Usually I do both (reply to comments and visit). I've found so many new-to-me blogs that way. My RSS feed is packed with people that I've found that way!

4. Facebook

I also recently started a page for A Bookish Affair on Facebook. I didn't realize how many bookish things are available on Facebook. I've connected with many other bloggers, some authors, and a few publishers. You can "like" A Bookish Affair using the link on the left if you want.

When it comes down to it, one of the most important aspects of book blogging is reaching out to others!

How do you interact with the book blogging community?

8 comments:

  1. Definitely agree: reaching out to others is one of the most important aspects of book blogging! Commenting on blog posts and interacting with visitors is the greatest way to meet new folks and foster relationships, and Twitter is great for that, too!

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  2. Good advice!I have not had much luck on Twitter, seem to get lost in the shuffle, but this makes me want to try again! Thanks.

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  3. I too am trying to use these outlets to interact with the blogger community. I haven't actually met another blogger but I am having a lot of fun!

    Angie

    XOXO Angela's Anxious Life

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  4. I haven't utilized FB for my blog yet. I can't decide if it would really be useful.

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  5. @Meg I've been amazed at how easy it is to contact people through Twitter. You can "tweet" anyone you want! I still geek out when I tweet with authors and publishers!

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  6. @joemmama Definitely try again! Don't be afraid to strike up a conversation with the people you want to talk to!

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  7. @My anxious life There's so many options to connect with other bloggers. I love it!

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  8. @Alison It's been pretty good to connect with a few people that aren't really into using RSS feeds.

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