Why I Love My Blogging Community: A Top 5 List

Why I Love My Blogging Community via Love at First Book

I’ve been blogging for a little over a year and a half, and one thing that I have to say is that my blogger friends have been amazing.

I’ve connected and now have personal relationships with book bloggers and even a fabulous craft/DIY blogger (hi, Lauren @ The Thinking Closet!) who have provided invaluable information and been fabulous sounding boards!

So here’s a list of some of the many reasons why I love my blogging community.

Reason #1: Support

Whether something goes wrong or goes right, my close book blogging friends are there for me to say, “aw that sucks” or “yay, I’m so happy for you!” It’s awesome to have people who understand blogging and can relate to those instances where support is needed.

Reason #2: Sounding Boards

Whenever I have a new idea, I know I can bring it to my blogger friends and hear their opinions. Everyone’s supportive of new ideas and usually has some great tips, especially if it’s an idea they have had experience with in the past.

Reason #3: Personal Relationships

I’m so lucky to have been able to get closer personally with a few of my blogging friends. I’ve met in person The Book Wheel, River City Reading, Books Speak Volumes, My Life in Books, and Doing Dewey, plus The Thinking Closet and H2O Bungalow, who aren’t book bloggers but great girls to connect with on a bloggy and personal level.

Then I have bloggers I’m close to that I haven’t met. Catherine @ The Gilmore Guide to Books and I chat weekly about the perils of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Shahs of Sunset (I mean, it IS serious business). Not to mention how I’ve connected with fashion blogger Just Me aghan over books (who I actually did meet at Florida Blog Con 2013, but super briefly) and Tamara at Traveling with T who shares an email thread with me monthly on blogging tips.  Plus, there are a chunk of other bloggers that I chat with via FB Message and sometimes email that I’m not even listing, but you know I heart you!!!

Why I Love My Blogging Community via Love at First Book

Some of the fabulous bloggers I’ve met

Reason #4: Advice

Oh my gosh, the amount of super valuable advice that I have received from my blogger friends. . . it’s just amazing how everyone is more than willing to offer up their opinions on how to make my blog better and easier to maintain.  Recently, I even co-hosted a book blogging critique with The Book Wheel, where about 15 of us anonymously critiqued each other’s blogs on a preset scale.  I received some great constructive feedback that I’m incorporating into my blog.

Reason #5: Tutorials/Tips Sharing

Unsolicited tutorial and tip sharing has been a life saver. You don’t know what you don’t know, and until someone tells you about an amazing tip/technique/plugin/tool/whatever, you don’t know what you’re missing. There have been soooo many times that someone has mentioned, “did you know about blah blah?” and saved me hours of work.

Reasons From the Blogging Community

I even asked a few of my blogging friends to name one of the reasons why they love the blogging community.  Here are some of the responses:

Ciska’s Book Chest: “I love the blogging community because it introduced me to a lot of great new authors and genres I never would have picked up without word of people from this community!”

The Book Wheel loves the blogging community because they offer both personal and professional support.

The Relentless Reader: “When I found the blogging community I found MY PEOPLE. I’ve never known another group that GETS ME the way this community does. A giant group of book nerds!? What could be better than that?”

Words for Worms: “The blogging community has introduced me to some of my favorite people on the planet. Most of them I’d never have run into otherwise, geography being the cruel mistress she is. Friendship and laughter and bookworms for the win!”

Estella’s Revenge: “I am a very different reader now from the one I was 9 years ago thanks to the wonderful recommendations I receive. Thank you, blogging community, for making me the reader I am today!”

Wensend: “I’ve only started blogging last year, but I’ve learned so much from all the wonderful people I got to know through the blogging community: everyone’s been very welcoming and supportive and I love the way different kind of blogs can influence and interact with each other!”

My Life in Books loves the book blogging community because they completely understand her bibliophilia. She can be as book crazy as she pleases!

River City Reading: “I love that the book blogging community understands all of my bookish quirks and gets excited about the same things (book covers, pub dates, book awards) that I do in a way no one else does.”

Read Lately: “I love that within the book blogging community I find people who love books as much as I do! Nowhere else have I found this freakishly obsessive but wonderful enthusiasm. My friends aren’t readers so before I discovered blogging the best I could hope for was sharing a great book with my mom. Now I share great books with dozens of people every day! It feels like coming home.”

Book-alicious Mama loves the blogging community for its unbelievable level of support — personally and professionally; for believing in me even when I have doubts; for pushing me to constantly be my best; and for understanding my seriously sick obsession with books.

The Gilmore Guide to Books feels at home with the great women I’ve met in the blogging community. The common ground of book love is already there so everything else is gravy. Yummy, filling, rewarding gravy!

Books Speak Volumes loves the blogging community because it’s led her to a group of incredible, smart people who share her passion for reading. It’s so nice to have people to nerd out to!

Fourth Street Review loves the book blogging community for the wonderful people she’s been able to connect with. Not only does she find books that she never would have picked up before, but they make her feel totally normal for her obsession with Jane Eyre. Because that’s totally normal, right? Right?!?

So bloggers, what do you love about the blogging community?

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55 thoughts on “Why I Love My Blogging Community: A Top 5 List

  1. Wow, this is so great. I always feel kind of funny talking about my blogging friends, you know, because i haven’t really met them. And yet I really value their support and opinions. Book Blogging has such a great community. And if you want to continue feeling the love pop on over to Books Speak Volumes, because she has a wonderful post today too.

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    • Oh I know! I saw that earlier this morning! I have been following Leah since I first started blogging a year and a half ago, and thought she was just the best thing ever! Still do, actually, and I’m so happy that not only are we still great bloggy friends but that I also got to meet her this past Thanksgiving!

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  2. Oh I agree! The bloggy friends have been the best part of the whole experience. I love being able to find people who’s reading tastes I really agree with and discover new worlds. I can’t imagine ever not being involved in the blogosphere now that I’ve been a part of it for so long.

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  3. This post gave me the warm fuzzies! The personal relationships I’ve cultivated through blogging are the best thing to me. Though it’s sappy, my blog friends make me feel so less alone. Whether we’re chatting books, life or everything in between, the blogging community is the best!

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    • I have experienced very little of the cattiness. . . mainly when I do get some of that catty nature, I just cut the person off. That may seem harsh, but I don’t need negativity when I’m not getting paid to blog about books. I mean, it’s book blogging. It’s not so serious, and if someone is kind of catty, well, I don’t need to be rude back, I can be polite and just no longer be in touch with that person on social media. There are too many amazing bloggers out there to connect with.

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  4. You sure did hit the nail on the head with this post Rebecca! I’ve not been blogging for a year yet, and all of the reasons you listed are what keeps me going when I feel like I am out of ideas. There is always someone willing to offer advice, guidance or just to be a soundboard. It is just such a wonderful community of people, and I’m finding new people (and blogs) all of the time.

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  5. I do love the blogging community. If you have a question, someone can answer it. If you need someone to talk to, someone’s around. You get to meet people you otherwise never would (with geography and what not) and I think that’s amazing.

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  6. What a timely post! I was just thanking one of my blogging friends (Chene @ Mean Who You Are) for encouraging me to contact a publisher. I have found a lot of friends in the book blogging community, and the support here has been awesome.

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  7. Best post ever! I not only love the blogging community (especially you book bloggers) because of their common love of books, but because they are so very accepting of me – and anyone – for who they are! Love you guys!

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  8. I am SO touched by the shout outs in this post, Rebecca! Seriously, I’m so thrilled that we got to go from blogger friends to real life friends this past year, and I look forward to having you back in FL soon so we can get together again soon. You’re so right – – the support of fellow bloggers means the world, and I so appreciate all the love and support you have sent my way. You rock, sistah!

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  9. Are you trying to say that there are people out there who don’t think RHOBH are serious business. I feel so sad for them!

    All that’s left for us is to meet in person, throw back a few cocktails and dish about books (and reality TV)!

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    • Who knows? If people don’t understand the high quality television that Bravo provides, it’s totally their loss!

      (BTW to anyone reading this thinking I’m serious, I’m totally joking. Bravo tv is my vice. I just love it, but I know it’s a vice!)

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  10. I love this wonderfully positive post! Thank you!!

    I love the community because they are my constant. Since starting my blog almost 7 years ago, I have moved 3 times, with another on the horizon this summer. Despite all my life changes, the community and the bloggers within have been there for me on so many different levels and helped me to stay sane!

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  11. I love the community! It is so wonderful to meet so many people from all over the world who share your passion. What is so crazy is that this past year I found out that Sandie from Booksie’s Blog and I not only live 5 minutes from each other, but I went to school with her son! It’s amazing the people you discover and the new friendships you will make!

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  12. Love this post! I feel the same way—it’s fun and refreshing to have a group to talk to about what you’re reading lately, oddly tough IRL sometimes! Thanks for the great post 🙂

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  13. Love this post! I think you covered everything in your post that I love about the book blogging community too. When I started blogging I was so excited to find such a large group of people I could talk books with. A group of like minded individuals who don’t mind my chatter about the nostalgia that comes with the smell of a library book amongst other bookish things.

    Also, you watch Realhousewives? Me too!

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  14. Another nice thing about book bloggers–occasionally one will alert others to a good post and we’ll get introduced to new bloggers! Florinda pointed me to this post.

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  17. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us you really realize what you’re speaking about!
    Bookmarked. Kindly also seek advice from my website =).

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