BBAW: Community Part II

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!

Ooh this is a tough one. I’m still trying to figure out my place within the community. I hate to define myself by one genre. I feel like if I define myself or my blog in a strict sense, I’m turning off people who might be interested in what else I have to say. Like most people, I read a variety of books but I feel it’s almost harder to write a blog covering everything rather than focus on certain genres. It’s still my intention to review, and write about everything that I read whether it is YA, classics, picture books, etc.

My biggest struggle is how find a community/niche when I don’t really know how to define my blog/taste. I like YA but don’t like a portion of the books in stores and blogs (the huge paranormal trend specifically). This goes on for all the genres I read. I like some of the books but not a good deal of them. So I don’t know if I can categorize myself a fan of that genres. I just don’t know where to fit in. Is this a common problem?

Another struggle I have is keeping up with all the blogs out there. I have a decent list of about 20 blogs or so that I have on my Google Reader and that’s only after 3 months of blogging. That’s likely going to grow as I find new blogs. So how do you guys do it?

I have another question that relates to this, what’s your take on following etiquette? I’ve had readers stop by and leave the comment that they are a  new follower. I do my best to check out the blog of anyone who leaves a comment. I’ll go to leave them a comment on a post and see if I want to follow their blog. Some of the time they cover books/genres that I really don’t like or any interest in so I don’t follow them but I feel bad about it. Is this just me?

10 thoughts on “BBAW: Community Part II

  1. You are clearly an eclectic blogger like myself, although I (obviously) prefer the term “omnivorous”. Come! Join us! We read everything, and it’s awesome. (Other eclectic book bloggers you might want to peer at: Lu at Regular Ruminations and Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog, if you haven’t already.)

    Personally, I am ruthless with the blogs I follow in my RSS Feed. I only follow around twenty-five book blogs. If I ever find myself skipping a blog’s posts or just skimming them with no real interest, I immediately delete them from the feed. That blog deserves readers who will pay attention to what’s being written, not just polite or even indifferent attention. Also, life’s too short to read book blogs you don’t care about.

    And that ties into your third question, really. Go ahead, check out their blog, you might find something awesome! But don’t feel bad if it doesn’t work and you don’t want to follow them. Again, there’s no reason to follow it if you don’t actively care about it.

    And three months of blogging? Goodness, me. Welcome to the community and I hope you blog for many, many, many more months.

    • Ahhh, eclectic. That’s where I fit in! (Thanks for the other blogs to check out. I actually know Anastasia in real life. She got me into blogging)

      That seems like a fair way to keep up with blogs.

      Thanks for the warm welcome and all the tips!

  2. Eclectic, yes! I totally agree with Clare. There are a ton of us!

    As for keeping up with everyone, I use folders in my Google Reader. I have a folder for blogs I keep up with as often as I can, and if I only have a few minutes to read, those are the blogs I check in with. I have other folders for blogs I check if I have more time and those I only get to every once in a while but still like to follow. I also have a folder of new-to-me blogs that I use as a sort of trial period, to see if I really do find myself reading most of their posts or just marking as read or skimming. I don’t have Clare’s discipline in this regard!

    And when it comes to commenters whose blogs you don’t feel an affinity with, it’s ok not to follow. If they keep commenting, you can always visit their blog each time they comment (or every few times) and comment back without actually subscribing or following.

    Congrats on making it three months in, and best of luck for continuing! Stick with it, be yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. It really is a fantastic community!

    • I’ll have to take your advice on organizing folders for Google Reader. That seems to be the best way to keep up with everything.

      Thanks for all the advice. I really appreciate it!

  3. As you I’m a recent blogger, and I’m still trying to find my place, so I can’t give you advice about that. But when it comes to following etiquette what I have to say is this: you should only follow blogs that you like to read whether or not you have the same reading taste they do. I don’t auto-follow, and that’s great to keep my list of blogs to visit manageable.

  4. Yay for Eclectic Bloggers!

    A few months ago I reorganized my reader in a way that I heard of from Anastasia – by days of the week. I have one folder of blogs I like to keep up with more regularly, and then all the other blogs are divided into days of the week – I have about 10 for each day. Opening up the appropriate folder on each day is waaaaaaay less overwhelming than having them all grouped together. But I also click tweeted links, which is a great way to keep current on your favourite blogs.

    Whatever way you decide to rearrange your blog reader, organization is key.

    • Oooh days of the week folders sounds interesting. At the moment my organization is okay because I don’t follow a ton. I’ll have to figure out what works best for me when I start following more blogs.

  5. My list of blogs to follow has gone wild and I’ve been blogging for 5 months! So year, yours will probably get bigger and bigger in time!

    I hope your enjoying TLOTR! I’m a BIG fan and I had never seen that minimalistic cover, so cool! =D

    I’m following you via twitter now =D

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