Thursday, February 18, 2016

#BBAW Day 4: Staying Connected!


Today's prompt asks us to write about the ways we choose to stay connected to the book blogging community, and it will come as no surprise to anyone that events like this one are my jam! I love finding new-to-me bloggers, connecting with established friends, and generally feeling the size and sway of the bookish community in a big way during Book Blogger Appreciation Week, Armchair BEA, Bloggiesta, and a variety of Readathons.

As for everyday, I am SUCH a believer in comments. Now, I've had trouble holding up my end of the commenting bargain lately as I'm seriously burning my candle at both ends, but I'm still a big believer. I recently followed my own advice and organized my Feedly by days of the week that I'm mostly likely to read and comment (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), so you'll probably see that if I'm commenting on your blog, I'm doing it in chunks instead of continuously throughout the week. It's helped quite a lot.

I'm also a big believer in sharing posts I enjoy. Sometimes I may not have a great insightful comment to add, but if I believe that readers should be herded toward an especially sparkly review, discussion, or other bloggy rumination, I will absolutely tweet it, share it on Facebook, or Pin it.

The flip side of this is when to disconnect. Unfortunately, this week has been one when I just have to throw my hands up and admit that sometimes the connection is not possible. Sick kids, work craziness. Life happens. I will be reading a lot of BBAW posts come weekend, but this week has bitten me in the proverbial arse.

Now, people more creative than me...how do you keep that connected feeling? When do you decide to disconnect?

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  1. I tend to disconnect when we travel or during the holidays. By the time we get home or it's time to get back into a normal routine, I'm in a blogging slump and retreat for a few weeks (or more, as I did this summer). I know it's temporary, so I don't worry about it like I did when I was new to blogging. As far as feeling connected, I try to comment on my favorite blogs at least once a week. I always read the posts in my feed, but unless I have something more to add, I move on to the next post. Kind of makes me wish blogs had a "like" button. :)

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    1. Oh my gosh yes re: like button. That's kind of when I share rather than commenting. That's my vote of like. lol

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  2. I need to try out this Feedly thing. Bookmarking this post.

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  3. I end up having to disconnect a lot lately. I just don't have the time I once had for commenting and such. Still, I try, and I try to make sure I touch in with everyone at least once or twice a month. Kinda silly to think about it in those terms, when it used to be a daily thing, but hey...

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    1. I hear ya. I really should've put in this post that Twitter/Instagram have taken over my daily connecting and commenting is for lunches and weekends. lol

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  4. I love how you organize your Feedly and stick to commenting on certain days. I've become a bit overwhelmed with trying to keep up with all the blogs I love, comment, and respond to my own comments and am trying to figure out how to manage all that. Right now, I do it every day but stick to certain times of day (while eating breakfast and lunch, and at night while watching TV). If it doesn't happen during those times, it's not going to happen.

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    1. Wellll, sticking to it might be overstating it, but it does help a lot! I've also been having trouble responding to my own comments. Where are the additional hours in the day????

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  5. I mostly stay connected through comments. I love Twitter, etc but had to pull away from it because it was too much of a time suck for me.

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    1. I think it really is a choice, and you do SO WELL with the commenting. Endlessly impressed. You are EVERYWHERE!

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  6. I love the idea of breaking your Feedly into days to manage comments. It can be overwhelming to open it up and see how many new posts there are (piled on top of ones you haven't ready yet).

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    1. Yessss it can. I still get overwhelmed sometimes, but realizing I'm JUST going to focus on one day or two really helps.

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  7. I'm a commenter. If I have something to say, I'll share that. However, I do take breaks from blogging or I've done so with this current blog. And that helps me when I feel overwhelmed. While I still take a look at other blogs when I'm on a break, I rarely comment on them. It's my little permission to myself to step away. I think each of us just needs to do what works for us. Because life happens - it surely does. Take care Andi!

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    1. I need to be better at giving myself permission to take breaks. I think I'll have one coming up soon because I need to let my brain cool off from some of the things swirling at work. Amen re: do what works for us.

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  8. I've been known to disconnect or drop off the face of the earth for months! I'm trying to be better at that! I do like commenting although I'm horrible about it. I love the idea of sharing posts that need to be seen, now that I'm on Twitter =)

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    1. Yes!!! Sharing is so easy and automatic, and it's still a vote to the person I'm sharing that I love their content.

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  9. BBAW has re-sparked my interest in being better about my Feedly reader; I've cleaned it up and hope to make it around to comment more regularly (usually I just follow links as I see them from Twitter, which isn't the greatest solution?). I'm also starting to borrow your idea of sharing posts as well as/in place of commenting -- love that Feedly has that option built in!

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    1. Oh good!!! It is nice that Feedly has that built in sharing option. Now if there was just an easy, streamlined way to comment from mobile, I'd be set.

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  10. Your feedly is so organised! I am not sure if that works for me though. I'm still figuring out how best to comment! But I will try to share posts more often! I never really got Twitter to be honest so am gonna try working on that this year.

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    1. It's totally different for everyone. I feel like I'm constantly tweaking as what actually works for me changes over time.

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  11. interesting, I sort blogs by letters and days of he week: http://wordsandpeace.com/2016/02/18/bbaw-2016-day-4/ I basically totally disconnect on vacation and travels, so not often, and for technical reasons mostly. Actually I'm less online connected during week-ends: church time connection, and nature connection, with hiking and birding

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    1. That's a great idea! I disconnect the most when I just need a break. I do find myself still "plugged in" to Twitter and Instagram on vacation. I would say I'm also less connected, on the whole, on weekends.

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  12. SORTING THINGS?! This is... Brilliant. Why have I not done this? And... Why not just tweet the post if I love it but don't have a comment for it? You've been holding out on me, girl. The wisdom of the Andi is multifaceted and deep. Also, I feel like I need an eyeliner tutorial. You still sparkling? Should I check your YouTube?

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    1. How have we not talked about this before???? I have failed you, my friend. As for eyeliner, I got nothing. Smudge it into the lash line and hope for the best. LOL Still sparkling, just looking at...expanding. #mysteriousmusic

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  13. You telling me to just repost posts when I can't think of anything to comment was like a huge light switch for me. So simple, why didn't I think of that??

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  14. I'm big on sharing posts too--usually better at that than commenting, to be honest.
    Sometimes all I can do is read, take note, and move on.

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  15. I get a bit overwhelmed with keeping up with posting on my blog let alone commenting on other people's posts! I do still try and stay connected to bloggers I love though :) I like your idea of commenting in chunks on certain days! Definitely makes it all seem more manageable...

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  17. Sorry your week was so crazy but BBAW was so great! Thank you for all your work bringing it back! I missed Day 5 completely, but will try to catch up a bit over the weekend, too.

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  18. I'm also a believer in comments, and I really keep track of blog posts thanks to my reader, which I use when I have time, like I'm doing today with your blog, hahaha.
    I want to make "blog time" in my planner, to see if that's the way to catch up with my fellow bloggers ;)

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  19. I typically do a good job of commenting (even if I may be running behind, like now!), but I don't do a good enough job of sharing posts I like, especially review posts. I'd like to do more of that :)

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  20. I've loved seeing you share posts from other people on Twitter. I definitely think that's something I'd like to try. And your point about knowing when to disconnect is a good one. There is so many good blogs and posts out there and it can be exhausting to try and keep up. It's definitely important to realise it's just not possible and to let go from time to time.

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  21. Um, yeah...obviously, I have the disconnecting part down since I'm just getting to this post, seven days later - ha!

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