How to: keep up with the blogging community

Hello friends, happy Wednesday! Today I’m thrilled to be back again with my Blogging Ways series, where I casually freak out about all of the blogging things and give out some advice about everything and anything. I mentioned in my monthly wrap-up that I want to develop this blogging feature and spice things up with both my experience and my own advice.

Today’s topic is going to be my first “how-to”, where I’ll both manage to share experience and advice on crazy blogging things. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

If there is something I have learned while book blogging, it’s that I definitely can’t keep up with the community. There are too many people to follow, too many books to read and overall too much to do. I have said this before and I will say it over and over again, blogging takes a hell lot of time even if some people don’t realize it – so HOW do you manage to both blog, maintain your little corner of the internet alive and well like your favorite pet that needs attention to grow, AND keep up with the blogging community, this moving alive creature forever changing, growing and shaping with time, books, hype and love (and, okay, a bit of drama as well)?

I am not a full-time blogger in real life, only in my dreams, and as I grew up with this blog and my life changed along, so did my blogging rhythm and my idea of “keeping-up with the community”. I wish I could be an entire part of it all, talk to everyone and share the love, be there always and overall feel like a strong figure in this place – not in an “I’m bragging because I am the best and too important to this community”, which I know I am not. More like in a way that I know people miss me when I am NOT able to keep up and be there. In my own little selfish way.

Since we’re all very fond of lists, I’m going to share 5 of my tips to keep up with blogging.

Choose the people you want to follow wisely

I’m forever learning about following new people and keeping up with their new, amazing content. I used to follow a lot of different people and now I do realize that they are all not “my kind” of bloggers. This does not mean they are no good, it just means that they probably don’t share a lot of the same interests as I do and therefore I am a bit less interested in what they write about.

Keeping up with the community, for me, means keeping up with whatever my blogging friends are up to. With the blogs I like to read, the people I like to talk to and see what’s going on in their bookish lives at the moment and what’s the latest book stealing their hearts. It’s basically impossible for me to follow everyone, even if I know that there are tons of people I’d probably want to follow. Instead, I try and keep a small circle of people on my feed, people I read blog posts from daily and always enjoy.

How to: I use mostly my WordPress Reader but there are so many ways to keep up with bloggers, especially since not everyone is on WordPress: Bloglovin’, your Twitter feed -make a Twitter list of bloggers?-, bookmark your favorites…

This does not mean that this is the only way I keep up with people. There are so much more than just the ones on my feed, that’s why I try to have…

Blog-hopping sessions once in a while

With a place so big as the internet, there’s no way you can only reduce yourself to your little list of followings. WAIT, I see you coming here, and I am NOT saying that people who don’t blog hop are criminals of some kind, because they are clearly NOT. I myself fail a lot of the time at doing this and broadening my horizons, but I do want to more, always. That’s why blog hopping is a fantastic way to reach out to other people in the community, find out what’s happening and who knows, eventually find out new people to share bookish love with.

How to: If you are on Twitter, it’s pretty common just to put a tweet out there warning people that you want to blog-hop. Believe me, links wil FLY your way. Otherwise, I often stalk, well, watch bloggers I enjoy and blog posts I enjoy and read comments, go from here to blog, to other blogs, and end up spending another hour commenting. Oops.

Goodreads and Twitter: best friends to keep up with books and hype (and, erm, drama)

WordPress – or Blogspot or whatever blogging platform you are using- is not my only resource to find bloggers, to keep up with new books and everything else. I found out that there are two other best friends any (or a lot, at least) book bloggers have: Goodreads and Twitter. Let’s start with Goodreads, shall we?

Goodreads is the website popping up in your search bar before Google because YES, you’re THAT obsessed about it. It’s all good and you should be on it because reasons:

  • Keep up with your TBR
  • Add a gazillion more books to your TBR
  • Follow what other bloggers are reading and loving at the moment
  • Just, freak out because BOOKS.

Twitter is one of the greatest -well, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here, but it’s pretty good- social media to keep up with the blogging community because so many things happen on here.

  • You can follow all of your favorite bloggers and find out new book bloggers
  • You can instantly talk to them and fangirl and share your #bookwormproblems because you are not alone in this.
  • You can easily follow and make conversation and also keep up with blogging happenings and hyped books because EVERYONE is TALKING ALL the time.

Downside here, Twitter can quickly get overwhelming. People talking in 140 characters can get misinterpreted. There happens to be a couple of dramas but also a couple of big conversations about blogging, bloggers, diverse books and many calls-out for problematic issues begin on the twittosphere. It’s GOOD to talk about these things, this is not an issue at all. Just saying, a LOT happen on Twitter and if you expect to keep up with everything, time difference and the “too-many-people” problems will quickly make you think otherwise.

Have some sort of blogging / blog-hopping schedule

You know me – or if you don’t, well now you will -, I like being organized, or at least try to be as much as I can. Keeping up with blogging, meaning my blogging schedule AND the community, blog-hopping and trying to be a part of it, is a matter of organization. Sure, I do happen to scroll down Twitter and find out what the latest bookish hype is all about while I am at work, but I also like to dedicate times to be up-to-date. Just like I like to take my Sundays afternoons to binge-watch a couple of tv shows and catch up.

How to: Try and dedicate time-slots for blog-hopping, use a little down-time to watch Twitter or Goodreads and engage a conversation. Organize yourself as you want to feel part of it all.

Do whatever you want

Now this is the last and fun part of it all: when you ignore everything I said above and just do whatever the f*** you want. I might think that having a schedule makes me feel empowered like a blogging queen, but some of you will get overwhelmed. I might think that Goodreads is the best place on the internet and you might like to write down lists of books in a bullet journal.

Keeping up with everything and everyone with the blogging community is impossible anyway. Too many people. Too many books. Yes. But also there is SO much love. So here’s to hoping this encourages you to give some back.

What do you do to keep up with the blogging community? Do you regularly blog-hop? Are you on Goodreads, Twitter? Can anyone explain me why I can’t use Bloglovin’ (please? I just can’t)?

Let me know your thoughts / tricks and tips to be on top of your blogging game in comments!

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155 thoughts on “How to: keep up with the blogging community

  1. Ugh, so I really, really want to branch out and converse with other bloggers outside of WP… but Bloglovin’ isn’t for me either. I was mutually following a bunch of people on it at some point but then I just ended up unfollowing everyone on there because I hated how the feed was displayed. So I guess I mostly stick to my WordPress reader, which works great for me.

    Omg, your tip of choosing which blogs you follow wisely is the best advice! I think I’ve only followed 30 blogs max but now I follow less than 20. (Which I guess sounds bad since unfollowing is such taboo.) I love how decluttered my feed looks though, and I can actively and easily catch up to my friends’ posts this way. I also like using the commenting back and blog hopping system because it allows me to have the freedom to explore other blogs and comment on the content without having to commit by following them.

    Anyway, this is one of the best discussion posts you’ve publish so far, Marie! Brilliant job. ^.^

    Summer

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    1. I’m so glad you said that, Summer! I can’t get around with the Bloglovin’ feed either, so I barely check it – I’m more used to the WP reader and a couple blogs outside of WP I think about, but a bit less regularly.
      It does not sound bad, if you ask me – I need to declutter my feed as well because there are blogs I am not really that interested in anymore and that I don’t interact with… It’s sad but we can’t have endless hours to get through a feed of 1000+ blogs unfortunately.
      Thank you so, so much! โค โค

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  2. Eeep, kI love this! And TOTALLY agree about the blog-hopping. I think it’s really crucial if you want to grow your blog/make friends/network, but it’s also exhausting and there’s so much to be done.๐Ÿ˜‚ I spent 2hrs answering comments/visiting blogs last night and didn’t get time to read! The book blogging life can be so hard haha. And omg the twitter dramas I’m sure are half the time due to people misinterpreting 140 characters. It’s just not enough for a proper rant, right?! And then tweets get lost in threads and yiiiikes. I try to keep twitter for just humour and promotion and do my discussions on my blog.๐Ÿ˜‚

    Also YES AND YES to just doing what you want! I think there’s pressure for us to like all follow the same patterns in blogging, but we really don’t have to, right?!? It’s important to make blogging work for us and have fun with it still!!

    Lovely post!!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Haha right? It IS hard at times, I stopped counting how much time I spend blog hopping and commenting, it gets crazy out of control at times but…I love it ahah ๐Ÿ˜€
      Well you are doing AWESOME with this twitter thing, Cait, your twitter is one of my favorites โค
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment!! โค โค โค

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  3. Marie, I have to admit that I have been out in the community for months already. My blog is sad to look at. Completely lonely. Only two posts since 2017 started and not a single comment existed. And I apologize for that. I want you to know that you are one of my favorites and I am so happy that your blog is growing. Happy lots and lots of comments! :>

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Yani โค It makes me so sad to hear that – trying to keep up with the community, make friends, talk about books, leaving comments and everything does take a whole LOT of our time and my blog feels lonely at times whenever I took breaks (haven't taken one for a while but I did ahah). I hope you'll want to get back into it, maybe, little by little, and enjoy blogging and talking about books again ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. As a newbie blogger, this post was eye-opening. Juggling blogging, reading, writing, and being a full-time student is a lot, but it’s all worth it in the end. Great post!

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and am very impressed by your blog. I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

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  5. So…I’m pretty bad about blog hopping. Every now and then I go on a marathon hop, but in general, I’m more of an internet hermit, lol. I have Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, etc., but unless I’ve subscribed via email (because my inbox is the only thing I check consistently), I’m probably not checking in regularly. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Although, I just signed up for the Discussion Challenge Nicole and Shannon organized, and that’s been great. I LOVE discussion posts, so I’ve been clicking on a bunch of those. Great tips, Marie!

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    1. It’s HARD to check up regularly, don’t beat yourself up about it – it’s almost impossible at times to keep up with everyone, we all do our best to after all, whether we are checking in only once in a while or every week or so ๐Ÿ˜€
      Ohh that’s SO great – discussion posts are the best for sure ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much! โค โค

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  6. Love this! I have such a hard time keeping up with everything. I recently abandoned Twitter. I haven’t gone on in probably over 2 weeks now just because it got too overwhelming for me and I felt like I wasn’t making any good, meaningful connections with people there. This has opened up more time for blog hopping and Instagram which I enjoy! I LOVE watching people’s stories and replying to them through messages…which then opens up a conversation with a new person. It’s amazing.

    It’s definitely hard to keep up with everything, but eventually, I’ll find a balance haha

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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    1. I understand this A LOT. I’m not much on Twitter – actually, I am, but I’m here as an invisible person meaning that I read tweets and all, but I am not that active. Twitter gets SO overwhelming at times, I don’t feel like I have my place here sometimes.
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying your time off and found that it worked out well for you! โค Finding a balance is the hardest thing ever, but…we can do this ahah ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, Molly! โค

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  7. Hehe I love this post about keeping up with the blogging community Marie! I used to be great at it but lately…not so much and I can’t comment back all the time and read everyone’s posts. But when I do, I really enjoy it and I try not to beat myself up over it. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Jeann! It is so hard and at times impossible to comment back on everyone’s posts, there are just too many bloggers and we all have lives and responsabilities…We all need to enjoy blogging and talking with other without it being too overwhelming ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! โค โค

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  8. Ahhh I’m so behind on your blog haha I can’t believe this was posted back in MAY?!? Where does time go. I loveeeeee this post so much!! You are such a great presence in the bloggig community ahah, and you’re so good at keeping up with posts, HOW DO YOU DO IT?!? I mean, there’s this post but.. tell me your secrets. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ I love your tips, and totally agree! I made the mistake of following wayyyy too many blogs when I first started and I have since been too lazy to unfollow sooooo both my email and Reader are flooded with posts all the time omg haha. Oh same!! I struggle with Bloglovin’ so much??? How do people use it I don’t knowwww. ๐Ÿ˜ณ Again, lovely discussion as always Marie! โค๏ธSorry I’m so late on this haha.

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    1. Ohh Analee, THANK YOU, you are way too sweet catching up on old blog posts and everything โค I don't KNOW honestly, it's mostly because I dont have too much of a social life and whenever I do something I'm obsessed at times?! Haha.
      Haha HOW do you do it with ALL these people on your feed?! ๐Ÿ˜›
      Thank you so, so much โค โค

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  9. Since I was pretty much on hiatus last school year I feel completely out of the blogging community (I feel like that sentence is weird so I hope you’ll understand what I mean haha) so this post is really helpful. I have this crazy idea of wanting to catch up on all the blog posts I would’ve read if I hadn’t been on hiatus, but it’s proven quite difficult haha. I just don’t want to miss out on so many amazing posts though??? It’s also making blog hopping a bit harder, because I still have so many posts to read from people I follow haha. Planning when to blog hop sounds like a good idea though, and something I’ll definitely do once I’m sort of caught up ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I understand ahah – and I kind of saw all of your comments on my blog which makes me SO happy but also, you are a bit crazy aahah. I get the feeling of wanting to catch up with everything. I remember having it after my holidays last year, and I will have it this year too… But I guess we can’t do it all! Planning a little blog-hop sometime sounds good, but also, trying and catching up from, like…now, unless of losing yourself in old posts as well, might help. There are SO many blogs and posts…no one is ever really caught up with everything ahah ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Haha yeah I’m probably going to give up some time soon but for now I’m trying ๐Ÿ˜‚ so many amazing blog posts have been published during my hiatus that I want to read, but it will be impossible to read them all

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