Apart from sharing my love of books, one of the main reasons I took up blogging in my first year of university was the number of friends I’d made through Goodreads. Nearly four years later, blogging friends are one of the main reasons I keep sharing my bookish thoughts on this little space. In that time, my circle of bookish friends has changed dramatically. I’ve been through productive and sluggish periods and many of the people I started blogging with have since stopped. This year I was determined to start blogging again with gusto and to find a bunch of new blogs to follow.
So far, that resolution has been successful. I’ve made some wonderful new friends through things like #ukyachat and a book club I started with another blogger when she approached me about collaborating on the project. While I’d probably still be motivated to share book reviews without these people, I’m sure I wouldn’t have the same passion when it came to blogging as a whole.
While the book blogging community is incredibly friendly and welcoming, it can be a little daunting at the start. I’m constantly learning from other bloggers, but I do have a little bit of advice to share. Read other blogs and, if you want to, leave a thoughtful comment. Follow your favourite authors and bloggers on Twitter or Instagram; if you like their work, you’re sure to find new book recommendations and might also strike up a friendship with them. Take part in twitter chats and, if you’re comfortable enough, join in. They can be a little daunting at first, but I’ve found those on #ukyachat and #ozyachat to be incredibly welcoming.
Personally, bookish friendships are so much more important than the number of people following my blog. I want blogging to be a meaningful experience for me and consider the social side just as important as the books. After all, without blogger friends, who can I squee about new releases with?
Do you enjoy the social side of blogging? Why is it important to you? How do you connect with other bloggers?