Okay, so I'm writing a post on nurturing book blogging relationships in between commenting on Armchair BEA posts. It's been a crazy week of posting on my blog, the Armchair BEA blog, on Twitter, reading emails, reading participants posts, etc, etc. What does that have to do with the topic? Why am I rambling? Oh yes, that's right: volunteer for book blogging events.
|Not the actual Armchair BEA Team|
So how can you get involved? I honestly can't remember how I signed on for ArmchairBEA but I think it was because I follow a couple of the organizers on Twitter. Someone mentioned working on this year's event and I said, "hey, I'll help." A few emails later and here we are. I would suggest following @ArmchairBea or @readathon (for Dewey's Readathon) or @BBAW on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feeds of the event blogs or subscribe to newsletters of these and other book blogger events (I can't think of all of them!). When the organizers are looking for volunteers, they will use these to get the word out. Don't be shy! You don't need experience, just enthusiasm.
What do you get from volunteering for events? Lots. Like I wrote earlier, you'll learn more about the people you work with and form new friendships but also you'll meet new people along the way. By commenting on new-to-me bloggers, I've gained new followers and made new connections. I've been challenged in new ways too. I've conducted interviews for the Armchair BEA blog- I don't usually interview people. And last night I did something I've never, ever done before. I participated on a panel. I was nervous and I am refusing to listen to myself for fear I sound like an idiot but I did it! You'll discover your strengths and learn what you need to work on. It's been a lot of work but it's also been a lot of fun. Plus, if you're in a blogging rut, helping run an event gives you something completely different to focus on for awhile.
If you want to have fun, challenge yourself and meet new people, volunteer for events!