Hello all!! Today’s suggested topic is real life networking from blogging. While the point of blogging is to connect with others of a like mind, what often happens is that you find connections to be made in your own community. What happens beyond the comments, the twitter following, and the facebook friends?
When I started out blogging I was well versed in online friendships and communities. I enjoyed finding new blogs, and also more books to read. My real change came when I became involved with a group on Good Reads and we did a group read. We read The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore and it just so happened that she was scheduled to speak at a book festival in my area. Susan and I planned to meet for coffee before the event and I was able to pick her brain, she was so open and helpful. We talked about writing, and she took me under her wing that day, introducing me to other writers, and local bloggers too. I didn’t know anything about the bloggers that were literally right under my nose.
The best advice I received that day was to get on twitter, I’d tried it, I didn’t get it, but four authors encouraged me. They said to follow them and now 15 months later they are my friends, they’ve led me to more bloggers and writers and more blog traffic and friends that I can’t imagine where I would be.
Those local bloggers I met? Two of them are also in a book club, and invited me to join. So Heather and Sandy have been warm and welcoming to me in every way. They’ve suggested books, other blogs, shared local events and showed me so much I didn’t know. They are way ahead of me in contacts with publishers, publicists, blog tours and more. I’m learning, and enjoying each step of it!! I also started working part time at a big book store, certainly wish we had some Indie book store choices, but alas in the Orlando area there are really none. So yes I work for a chain, but the store still does much for literacy and providing books for all ages. I still like it!!
Feel free to follow me on twitter @Anitalovesbooks, I’m having a great time there.