May 26, 2011

Get to Know Your Book Bloggers: Volunteer for Events

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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.


Hospital visiting committee sets out to bring Passover food packages, 1952
Not the actual Armchair BEA Team
So much goes on behind the scenes. It's unbelievable. I had no idea Armchair BEA would be so big. There are so many moving parts and people who have to keep those parts oiled. Working with those people can be a wonderful experience, especially when they are excited about what they're doing and want the event to succeed. You will get to know those people better because you are all working toward one goal.

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!



18 comments :

  1. Volunteering is definitely a great service. Thank you and everyone else for the work that you do!

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  2. booksNyarn- Thanks! It's been a great experience.

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  3. I would love to volunteer for some of these bookish events. It sounds like so much fun!

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  4. Meg- Yay! Do it, you'll have so much fun.

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  5. What a great take on the topic of community and relationships, and nice to hear a little more about the different events & behind the scenes! Thanks for Armchair BEA, it's been such a valuable experience.

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  6. Great advice! I have had a great problem getting to know other bloggers, other than reading and commenting. I try to join in on twitter but I seem to get lost in the shuffle...maybe volunteering is the answer! Thanks.

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  7. LOL Love the caption under the picture!

    I never thought about volunteering. I guess I have to seek it out more as I haven't been approached or anything. And you spoke on a panel?! I bet you were awesome :)

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  8. I was so shy before I volunteered to be part of a blog tour. Now I do them regularly and you get to meet new bloggers and awesome authors. No one really cares if you're new to things as long as your heart is in it. Great post!

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  9. Thanks for encouraging us all to volunteer! I'm getting up my nerve :-).

    And thank you to you and all of the organizers for the fun that is Armchair BEA!

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  10. Absolutely! I keep meaning to volunteer for events and then it never happens, but I think I'm definitely going to have to get on top of that when I move - to make some new connections when there won't be so many close to me like I'm used to. So glad you're having fun with Armchair BEA!

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  11. You guys have done a great job with ArmChair BEA this year. I've had a great time and really learned a lot. Thank you for doing it.

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  12. Helping with the readathon this past April was one of the most rewarding experiences, and was a great way to get involved!

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  13. You've been a terrific addition to the Armchair BEA team this year - thanks so much for volunteering!

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  14. I haven't really found out about a lot of bookish events... I guess I'm a bit out of the loop. I was part of an awesome Halloween blog tour interactive story thing (wow, good description, eh?) last year and that was a lot of fun. I definitely always keep my eye out for stuff like that, because even though it's hard work sometimes it's so rewarding too.

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  15. Volunteering for events is definitely a good idea. It places you up as an example for others and also connects you with blogs you admire.

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  16. Hey, this is such an interesting post! You know when you first asked me if I could participate in the international bloggers thing, I thought it was a guest post in your blog. I had no idea it was going to be posted in the ArmchairBEA site. I keep saying that I'm thankful to the organizers for coming up with this event. I'd love to volunteer next year, as long as real life doesn't get in the way of things.

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  17. Great advice (and great topic)! I also love that caption under the photo. ;)

    I really have to commend this year's Armchair BEA team. Lots of good stuff going on! Thank you.

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  18. You all did a great job this year! It will be hard to improve next year. :)

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