From the BBAW website:
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!I'm not sure I'm the one to offer advice on finding and keeping community, since it wasn't so long ago I was pondering the enormity of the book blogging world. It can make a person feel itty-bitty! Over the years, book blogging has changed quite a bit. People have come and gone. Old favorites move on, either they leave blogging altogether or change the focus of their blogs. Life changes and sometimes blogging has to go. I can't say what the next few years will bring to Chrisbookarama. I hope to still be around but who knows.
That's all a bit maudlin, isn't it? The thing about it is while old favorites disappear there are so many blogs popping up everyday. But how do you find people with similar tastes? It's not like there's a newsletter announcing the shiny new blogs out there.
Obviously events like this one and others help to highlight those who are looking to find a place in the book blogosphere. But even these events get bigger every year. How do you know if you have missed a potential book buddy in that brief visit to a new-to-you blog? It's difficult to have a thorough look around when there are hundreds of blogs to visit.
Are you looking for a community? Are you new to my blog?
Here's what I propose. I'll list my book interests and if you think "Hey, I like that too!" leave a comment. Maybe not today (BBAW is crazy!) but soon, I'll have a Big Look-Around your blog and say "Hello!" Maybe this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Here are some of the types of books I read (with ones I liked as examples):
- Classics. Fahrenheit 451, Bleak House, The House of Mirth.
- Suspense & Mystery. The Little Stranger, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Woman in White, any Agatha Christie.
- Gothic. Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Dracula, The Lantern.
- Canadian Lit. The Handmaid's Tale, Come Thou, Tortoise, The Birth House.
- Literary. The Stone Diaries, Rules of Civility.
- Quirky Books (quirky characters or situations). Attachments, The Eyre Affair, Cold Comfort Farm, Home to Woefield.
- Miscellaneous. I read a little bit of the following: non-fiction (Bossypants, Don't Kill the Birthday Girl, Locavore), young adult (A Northern Light, The Luxe).
Does this sound like you? Have you read any of those books? Are we Book Buddies?
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And if you and I already hang out, don't be afraid to say hello! I don't want to leave you guys out either. :)