BBAW – Community Part II
September 14, 2011 30 Comments
I’m participating in the Book Blogger Appreciation Week. There are Book Blog nominations, giveaways and blog posts as part of the BBAW celebrations.
The blog post for today is about : How Do You Do Community?
BBAW says: “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!”
Go to the BBAW hosting site to find links to other blogs taking part in the BBAW. These will also discuss the same topic today!
When you first start out blogging, you may be oblivious of the enormous amount of other blogs around. Slowly, you find one or two, and via them, more blogs. How do you become part of that community?
The roundabout way
- Find some bloggers that have a similar interest to you, subscribe to their blogs, and comment on their posts. Commenting is always appreciated, because bloggers like to know that people read and appreciate their post. So don’t be shy!
- The bloggers probably will look you up and may start to follow you. Great!
- Click on the names of people who comment on these other blogs (or on your own), to find new blogs. Comment there too (if the blog appeals) and maybe these people too will check out your blog.
The fast-track way
- Get yourself involved in some memes. Memes occur every week: write a blog post about the topic of the meme and leave your blog link on the meme-hosting blog. You should click on other people’s link, leave a comment, and click on the next link, etc.
- Some memes have hundreds of participating blogs. Don’t force yourself to visit them all.
- Via memes you will find blogs that you otherwise wouldn’t have. And people can find you, too! If you do this every week, you will soon find yourself part of the community with regular visitors to your blog.
- Check out this list with memes and events on the BBAW site. I myself love the It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? meme by Sheila of Bookjourney.
Some more advice
- Follow both the roundabout way and the fast-track way for the best results.
- Don’t wait for people to find you: find them first and leave comments.
- As you cannot possibly follow every book blog there is, concentrate on ten or twenty blogs that you really like. It’s better to consistently focus on a few blogs than to spread yourself out over many blogs.
- It’s OK to unfollow people! If your blog list does get too long, unfollow those that are least interesting to you.
- Run a giveaway to attract people to your blog. But wait until you have a certain number of followers or no one will know about the giveaway.
- Use Twitter, Facebook and other social media to post links to your newest post. People like links, they’ll often click them to find out what they are about. If you don’t have many followers on Twitter or Facebook, start following other book bloggers (e.g., check their blog, it often has a Twitter/Facebook etc. name mentioned) and they’ll start to follow you back.