Today’s topic is Community and how we do it:
The world of book blogging has grown enormously and sometimes it can be hard to find a place. Share your tips for finding and keeping community in book blogging despite the hectic demands made on your time and the overwhelming number of blogs out there. If you’re struggling with finding a community, share your concerns and explain what you’re looking for–this is the week to connect!
Gosh, it has gotten hard for me to stay connected! At one time, I was able to get on Twitter occasionally at work, but now it’s blocked. That really hurt my community access! Now I only know if something is going on if they tweet with my name in it, I get it in an email. And thanks to Tweet mail, I can email a tweet in. Thankfully, I’ve made what I think will be lifelong friends in this community and I can email them.
Oh, and now, since work refuses to update MSIE past version SIX (YES! SIX!) I can’t get on Google Reader any more. Thankfully, I found Blog Lovin.
Then there is the whole promotion at work eating up what little free time I had at work. Now I’m lucky if I can look at a few blogs during lunch and break! Whoa, this is turning into a whine-fest!
So how about something good? About a month ago, I discovered a feed reader in the App store for my Mac. It cost $10, but it had some stellar reviews. I was feeling a little courageous, so I bought it. And I haven’t. looked. back. I hate you Google Reader! Reeder is amazing. It has really helped me stay in tune with my favorite blogs. I can save posts to Evernote, in different categories. It’s gorgeous. I love it. Blog reading has NEVER been better. I’m not even sure how I lived before Reeder and Evernote. The best part? I update Reeder. I can take all the time I want reading the posts that I’ve downloaded, and it can take days. Once I finish, I click the update button and bam! There are all the new posts from the last few days. No more 1000+ posts waiting for me and y’all. Seriously. It is the best thing ever. That 1000+ can stress me out and I hate hitting mark all read! I always feeling like I’m missing something! Now, I don’t.
Without these tools, I would be so lost, and gosh y’all, I love the book blogging community so much. I doubt any other blogging community is as close, accepting, and amazing as ours. I’ve been here for 6.5 years and I don’t foresee going anywhere. I wouldn’t know what to do without y’all!
How do you get your network on? Any work friendly tips for a poor girl?