Today's topic is all about the book blogging community, and finding a place within a community where you fit in.
It can be pretty overwhelming and intimidating to start a book blog, and see all of the long-standing, flourishing relationships surrounding you, and wonder where you fit into the scheme of things. For my first month of blogging, I was befuddled. How does everyone know each other? How do I get people to come visit me? I asked my sister (my blogging inspiration), and her sage advice was...go out and visit people, and refuse to be ignored. Use your personality in your comments, and they will come, out of curiosity more than anything.
This was great advice, and really the best advice I could give to a new blogger. I (somehow) came across James (Ready When You Are, C.B.), loved his eclectic reading selections and his adopted kitten and his book-eating dog, and started paying attention to the blogs HE liked. It became viral at that point. Then I began my commenting thing, and that was that. Find the bloggers that read what you like to read. There is so much common ground in that.
I'm not always able to visit the blogs every day, but I make a concentrated effort to get there most days of the week and say something, some blabber. I also try to research the people who leave me comments and follow them as well, but I run a few months in delay sometimes (sorry, I'm a mess). It all comes down to the golden rule...treating people as you would like to be treated. Send an e-mail if someone is feeling down. Take an interest, be supportive. Book bloggers are good folks, and with a little time investment, everyone finds their niche.