What blogging has done for me
Blogs, twitter, facebook, commenting, meme's, giveaways, authors, writers, books, ebooks, audiobooks, publishers, life, love and laughter, connections and relationships. Who knew four years ago when I started blogging, I would discover a world wide web of people. People like me who love life and books and talking about books, writing books, reading books.
Thanks to the blogosphere, over the years I have connected with a number of people including readers, writers and published authors - a supportive community of people whom I'm proud to have as friends. A disparate, diverse group that I probably wouldn't have gotten to know otherwise. As an introvert, I have a tendency to go about life with blinders on, afraid to be nosy, get in other people's business. My husband and son have absolutely no problem starting up a conversation with anyone they see. Blogging has given me the freedom to do that. To browse blogs, talk to complete strangers about anything, drop in on conversations on twitter, join in group activities without feeling uncomfortable, or out of place. The thing I like most about the book blogging community is that know matter who you are, you are welcomed with open arms.
One thing I think is important when visiting blogs is remembering that I am basically dropping in on someone's virtual home. If I dropped by my neighbor's house, I'm not going to walk in, make myself comfy on their couch and not say a word to them. I'm going to strike up a conversation, of course. In that vein, I always try to leave a comment when I visit anyone's blog. Now granted I follow a lot of blogs and google reader is a blessings, because I can browse everyone's posts from the comfort of my anonymous couch.
|"Do or do not. There is no try."|
But, if you are anything like me, I love comments. I will drop in and comment as often as possible, especially when you've written a post that sparks with me. I'm not perfect, however and that doesn't mean I haven't been guilty of lurking on blogs, dropping in and then getting distracted and forgetting to leave a comment. So my one tip for bloggers is - when you visit a blog, leave a comment and give them some bloggy love. It'll make the bloggee feel good and not sit there wondering why you didn't like their post.
Speaking of posts, there are dozens and dozens of posts just waiting for your perusal at ARMCHAIR BEA Central so I won't bend your ear any longer. Many, many old bloggers and new bloggers whom I haven't met yet. It'll probably take me the next couple months before I get to them all.
Thank you for dropping by and see you around the blogosphere!