Armchair BEA Real Life Networking

June 6, 2012 Armchair BEA 8

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.

8 Responses to “Armchair BEA Real Life Networking”

  1. ★Leila | The Fiction Pixie

    I am at an absolute loss in finding people near/around me that enjoy reading the same things I do. I am part of the library reading group but I have not found anyone really who enjoys the same genre and style of reading. It is so great that you have such a wonderful opportunity! Thank you so much for sharing your story 🙂

    Leila | The Fiction Pixie

  2. Sandy Nawrot

    It is really kind of amazing at how many of us there are in this area. Three years ago, I had no idea. And now we have the UCF Book Fest which is really a step in the right direction. Now all we need is just ONE indie bookstore!!!!

  3. Felicia the Geeky Blogger

    Isn’t it great when you stumble upon blogs not having a clue that they are from your area and then boom you are meeting for dinner, coffee, get togethers 🙂

    It truly is a small world!

  4. nea barabea

    Awww, what a beautiful story!! Is always nice to have someone to help you and introduce you to a new group!! Enjoy today! And hope to see you at the Twitter party!! 😉

  5. Anita

    How fun is that! To meet other writers/bloggers in your area.

    Of all the people, locally, who know that I blog, only 2 are also bloggers – meaning, hardly any blog discussions and comparisons for me.

    I do know 4 or 5 authors, though. Only one has nationwide success; the others are self-published, however, I’m proud of them, too.

    Just clicked over to Sandy’s and read her review of Fifty Shades…
    Funny. I read your comment, too. Glad you thought the sex was worth a point or two. 🙂

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