An at-home convention for bloggers
who can't attend BEA in NYC.
Nurturing Blogging Relationships
Maintaining a book blog is difficult, no question about it. Keeping up with the tours, trendy books, Twitter parties, giveaways and post ratios can be more than time consuming and headache-inducing. It almost becomes a cycle: one post leads to the second post, one tweet leads to retweets, and so on. It's mechanical, technological, and takes up a good majority of your time.
But you do it because you love it, because you love what you're talking about: books. But it's not just the topic. It's not just the books. It's the people you meet and/or get to know through those books, whether they're other bloggers, authors, publishers.
What would blogging be without them?
I approached book blogging in the wrong way. When I first started The Grammarian's Reviews, I wanted to be nothing but professional, offering clean-cut reviews. I wouldn't mention "I think" or "Well, to me..." because I didn't want to mix personal with professional.
But after getting to know so many different blogs, I've realized that I can blog being both personal and professional. It's okay to mix the two. If I get excited about a book, then I should sound excited. If I wasn't so thrilled, I can say why. I don't need, or want, to sound like a robotic book blogger.
So I reach out. I do my best to return comments, and to comment on others' posts. I'm still learning the ways of Twitter, but I attempt communication through there, too. I join blog tours and contact authors for interviews - which, as a side note, is totally awesome and I encourage you to not be shy and get yourself out there; authors are pretty awesome and willing to work with bloggers!
But I tend to nurture my blog more than my blogger relationships, which is stupid on my part because I love getting to know other bloggers and getting in on book discussions. But as a new-ish blogger, there's always that hesitation, that feeling of Oh they've been doing this for a while - look at all of the followers they have - I'm just a number to them. So I tend to shy away, even though I know I shouldn't, and even though that's so unnatural for me.
I guess the point of this was to say that I don't really have a set way to nurture my blogging relationships because I'm still figuring out who I am as a blogger and how I want to be that way. But I love all of the authors I've had the pleasure of coming in contact with, and all of the bloggers I've talked to!
I really appreciate the book blogging community.
So thanks, you guys!