Today's Book Blogger Appreciation Week prompt is
"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!"I have found that the book blogging community is fairly easy to connect to--if you have the time. Comment on blogs and people will come visit your blog. Take part in events, challenges, and memes. Join the conversations on Twitter and Facebook. There are a countless number of bloggers, readers, authors, publishers, publicists, and booksellers out there who are more than happy to interact with other bibliophiles.
I have been struggling with my time over the past year, ever since I started my current job. At my old job, I had time to read during my downtime (my boss knew about it and frequently asked me for recommendations). I worked long hours, but I got a lot of reading done, so on my four days off, I could have my "real life" time and my "book life" time and they didn't really conflict.
Things changed when I went to the 8-5 M-F. I have struggled to find my balance. Even a year later, I am torn between reading, reviewing, the online interaction, and the truly important stuff--the real life stuff. I don't have as much time to interact with the book blogging community, and I do honestly miss it. But I'm also okay with that. My personal relationships take priority, as they should for all of us.
Still, when I pop in on Twitter, someone is generally happy to talk with me. When I find time to comment, I will almost always get a comment in return. That's the beauty of the online world: someone is always there and willing to listen. So if, like me, you're struggling to find your balance, evaluate what is truly important to you. Fit in what you can where you can. Don't stress out about it, and most importantly have fun!
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