Here’s the prompt for day 4: How do you stay connected to the community? Examples: social media, regular commenting, participation in blog events, etc. Tell us your faves!
Okay. So. I’m going to go a bit deep here.
I consider myself very fortunate on the one hand, because after I read the Queen’s Thief books for the first time a friend alerted me to the Sounis LiveJournal community which was at the time the center of the QT fandom. And it quickly became apparent that these were my people. I’ve formed long-lasting friendships with so many of the people from that group, across years and digital platforms and continents. My very best blogging friends–Brandy, Chachic, Shae, Charlotte, the ones that aren’t really just blogging friends anymore–are all from that group.
And I’ve found, slowly, a group of librarians/bloggers/readers who I interact with regularly and who I feel at least nominally a part of. This is a complex, wide-ranging community that I’m less secure in claiming as part of my identity, but that I certainly interact with regularly, at least on social media. I rely on it for commentary, for book recommendations, for a sense of the issues and controversies in the book world.
On the other hand, in terms of the blogging community overall? I usually feel very much like an outsider. My blog doesn’t get much traffic; I’ve been present in but not-quite-fully-a-part-of several different blogging/book/literary circles. I’m both older (10 years in May) and less popular than a lot of book blogs out there. There’s definitely more than a bit of impostor syndrome in this feeling. At the same time, I’ve (mostly) made my peace with it: I’m happy with what I write about and how I write; I know who my people are and I’m always happy to find more.
This is all kind of a roundabout way to say that I’m not entirely sure how to answer that question in the abstract. If it’s the community/communities I feel most a part of, then it’s very much on a personal, individual level because I’m talking to and with friends. (Mostly on Twitter, which I have a love/hate relationship with.) Aside from that, I do like participating in events at least on a semi-regular level, both because it gives me a chance to break out of my usual circles and because having someone else think up topics is great. I’m terrible about regular commenting these days, which I’m not alone in. In general, I think I tend to find new people because of personal connections–they know someone I know.