Online friends are REAL friends.
A wild concept, isn’t it? This week we’re going to talk about how to make bloggigng friends because admit it, we’re all just a bunch of nervous cucumbers pretending to be humans. Now, either you get a cool looking scare & dub yourself the chosen, or you can simply reach out! So, here are five ways you can interact with people and find a band of friends to defeat the dark lord with!
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Twitter is THE go-to for finding blogger friends. In fact, many bloggers I know I only came to know through Twitter. On Twitter, not only do your find new bloggers to follow and book recommendations but you also have the chance to follow a bookworm’s reading experience, interact with authors, and it’s always such fun to get a sort of behind the scenes look at bloggers. It can get a bit overwhelming sometimes but after the initial anxiety, I find many people are open to talk.
I don’t see this mentioned often which I think is because not everyone is comfortable with sharing their Facebook profile. Even as one who is anxious with social interactions, Facebook groups are a wonderful hub to belong to. My favourite group is the Indie Fantasy Addicts group. It’s a common ground where readers and Indie authors not only interact but also have readalongs and challenges for everyone to join in!
Building relationships online can be hard but are very fulfilling. As book bloggers, working on a collaboration helps us understand the work ethic of other bloggers. Approach bloggers who you adore. If time permits, prepare a post together. HAving differing opinions on a discussion post makes for a thoughtful read. Or settle into a buddy read and share your reading experiences.
Many book bloggers are not commissioned for their work. We do what we do for the love of books. To have support from even one person means to world to us. Promote other bloggers; help build traffic to their blog by liking, commenting, and sharing their posts. But above all, always remember to be authentic. Never promote a blogger only because you want them to do the same for you. It does not and will never work that way. Be genuine in your comments, add value and motivation to the work your fellow bloggers do. Your online interactions are just as important as face-to-face ones.
This is one aspect where I will admit that I fall short of. As a blogger, it’s important to put yourself out there. I have anxiety which oftentimes makes it hard for me to interact because of self doubts. If this is something you also worry about, then know that I had learn to take time away for my mental health, and to come back when I can. This has worked well for me. Be proactive by taking advantage of the community – reply to questions, recommend books, join hashtags, tag people, ask questions. The book community is filled with people who are ready to help, so don’t be afraid!
What’s your advice on making blogger friends? Name some bloggers you admire!
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