From the BBAW website: “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!”
The first thing I’d say for those who are blogging about children’s and young adult books: check out the resources at the Kidlitosphere website and join their listserv. The annual KidlitCon is being held in this year in Seattle from September 16 & 17; it’s another great way to connect.
The second thing is Twitter. It’s a quick way to get involved in conversations, share reviews, and find reviews. There are some drawbacks, in that sometimes when you have a free hour nothing much is happening on Twitter and other times, things are happening but the real world means you cannot be there.
The third thing is: realistic time management. Part of your time can be reading, part blogging, and part connecting. Connecting can be commenting at blogs or being on Twitter or Google Plus, etc.
Fourth: don’t be afraid to comment. There are some very real obstacles to commenting, such as being at work and being able to read posts but not not comment. Or, from time management, knowing you just have an hour and deciding you’d rather read more blogs and do less comments. Still, commenting is one way people get to know each other and so even if it’s just a quick “I liked this book, too”, it’s worth it — to the blogger getting the feedback, but also to yourself, as more and more people recognize your name.