Today’s BBAW top is Community.

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 don’t really do community well, at least compared to a lot of bloggers. To be honest, I just have so much going on, between family, friends, church, work, I need more time in a day. I use Google reader, but too often I have to give up, mark all read, and start over. I think I need to organize it better, set up folders, maybe. I think better organization across the board, blog, money, time, is something I need to work on.

I do try though. I make comments on the blogs I visit, at least most of the time, and always visit those who visit me- it might take me a little while but I get there eventually. Sometimes I respond to comments here on my blog, but not always. There’s no real rhyme or reason, sometimes I’m in the mood to, sometimes I’m not, sometimes I have something to add, sometimes I don’t.

I’m on twitter (@carolsnotebook) and Facebook (Carol Evans), but I’m not as consistently there as I am in blog world. Once again, it comes down to time.

I’m not involved in any real “niche” community. My tastes tend to vary and so do the blogs I read. I guess I’m hit and miss as far as “community” goes, but that’s one of the nice things. There’s room for all of us.


  1. It is hard. I’ve really struggled this year to keep up with blogs and one area that I really want to improve in is visiting those who visit me. At the end of the day I think we can only do what we can do. There’s too much stress as it is! 😉

  2. I’m in the blog world much more than the different social media circles, too. As for Google Reader, folders are a lifesaver! I have a ton and am constantly tinkering and reshuffling to fine tune my system. I hope you get a system going that works for you!

  3. I totally agree that we can put as much or as little into blogging as we wish. There’s room for us all. I enjoy the events that help me connect, and I love getting out there as much as I have time to do….thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  4. I tend to find google reader overwhelming. I prefer to create folders in my favorites and then house blogs I read there. I can organize them by type and then I just go through the folder one by one. I can work my way through it all at once or a few a day. I really dislike seeing the number in bold on google reader. That just makes me feel bad. I’d rather be a little ignorant to how much I am missing out on. It is easier to move forward that way when time gets the best of me.

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