Today’s BBAW prompt is “How do you stay connected to the community?”
For me (Teresa), my ability to stay connected to other bloggers has waxed and waned over the years. I’ve gone through periods when I’ve helped organize events, joined in on lots of challenges and readalongs, and followed and commented on tons of blogs. These days, however, my involvement is a little more low-key.
Although Twitter is far less lively than it used to be (at least for me), I still enjoy it when I can take a dip into it. I am sometimes hesitant to hop into conversations there, especially now that I’m not as present and active as I used to be, but I have had some great interactions there. And I still get a little teary-eyed when I remember the bloggers who supported me on Twitter while my cat Sophie was sick and I was at the oncologist waiting for test results and then a few days later when she died. I have Goodreads and LibraryThing accounts, but I haven ‘t been using the social features of those sites much. They’re more for record-keeping than anything else.
Actually reading and commenting on blogs is my other favorite way to stay connected, but I don’t get to comment as much as I used to. I feel a little strange saying it, but, for me, the secret to keeping up with commenting is limiting the number of blogs I follow. There are tons of superb blogs out there, but if I try to read them all, I’ll never get around to commenting on any of them! In general, I try to comment at least once or twice a month on blogs I read regularly, and I follow more bloggers on Twitter whose blogs I’ll comment on when I have time and their posts really inspire me. But I’ve had to accept that I can’t be everywhere!
I also enjoy blogging events, but I tend to stick to low-commitment events, often deciding at the last minute whether to join in. The (Wo)Man Booker Shadow Panel last year was a big exception, but it was ridiculously fun. And I’ve enjoyed chatting with other bloggers about the upcoming Tournament of Books.
And living in the DC area has make me lucky enough to meet lots of bloggers, both because many bloggers live in the area and because so many come to visit. Last year was especially great because Simon and Eva happened to be here at the same time, and we arranged a big blogger meet-up. And I’ve been on lots of book-shopping trips and several game nights with Thomas and Frances and last year started a book group with Christy and Leslie. That’s been an especially pleasant surprise to come out of blogging.
What are some of your favorite ways to stay connected?