This is the first in what I hope is a multi-part series revolving around building community within our blogs and with other bloggers - inspired in large part by Amanda @ On a Book Bender's mission to promote blogger interaction with her blog. To see an excellent example of this, check out any post in her Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge Feature. Amanda does an outstanding job at highlighting interesting posts of fellow bloggers and getting people involved in the community on the whole. And I'm not just saying that because we're freakish internet twinsies. I promise!
That's pretty accurate but it's also pretty dry. A group of people sharing common interests. Yeah, that's us. However, I don't quite think that encapsulates the spirit of community that we readers and book bloggers share. It doesn't give us the sense that when one of us falters another will step in with some well-timed advice or a shoulder to cry on. It doesn't showcase the generosity and appreciation we have for one another. It doesn't highlight the way we come together as a group to support one another in our times of need.
How do we foster this spirit of community with other bloggers and readers to make this community (used in the dry sense, here) stand out?
There are so many ways to reach out - leave a comment on a blog post, interact on Twitter or Facebook, pass a link for a favorite post around, just saying HI when you see one of your favorite bloggers having a bad day. Not all of them work for everybody. Some are more effective than others in certain situations. In the end, there is no right or wrong way to interact. Personally, I'm a chronic tweeter. I love chatting with people and smothering them with huggles or sending them dirty pictures of half-naked men when they're feeling down. I like how fast paced it is and I like how I can get instant gratification. I would hazard a guess that I interact more on Twitter than I do anywhere else, my blog included.
Today let's celebrate the blogs - and the people behind them - that do an awesome job of creating the spirit of community that we book bloggers are known for. Shout it out! Tell us who they are! What is it about these blogs and people that make their community worth being a part of? How can we use their examples to work on building a better community as a whole?