Friday, 15 January 2016
This post was inspired by Kai's post at Fantasy Rambler, which in turn was inspired by my blog. It’s kind cool how blogging influences come full circle, but I find that’s often how blogging communities go; we inspire each other, support each other and discover new things. A blog these days, like a newly published book, is a drop in the ocean or a needle in a haystack. So how do we find our community?
1. Comments section. It’s the number one way, really – everyone who shares an interest in that topic is sharing the same space.
2. Looking at the Followers widget can also reveal some interesting finds.
3. Social media. Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Facebook, and so many other sites draw people with a common interest together using hashtags, shelves, boards and pages. Its easy to stumble across people who run a personal or professional blog.
4. Even Amazon comments – now there are legions of comment writers who create funny or overly informational reviews of a banana slicer or whatever, and sometimes this is to increase exposure for a website, product or blog.
5. Taking part in blog polls, link-ups, blog hops, giveaways, quizzes, and all of that stuff gets you more involved with that community.
And what about wanting to break from your community, or discover something new?
I don’t always feel like reading about fantasy, or YA, or even books in general. I also follow photography, lifestyle, fashion or ranting blogs. My favourite way to do this is to click on a bloggers name to get directed to their blogger page. Their interests and favourites are hyperlinked and separated by commas – I might click philosophy, for example, and Blogger will then bring up all the bloggers who have added ‘philosophy’ to their interests, starting with the bloggers who posted most recently, and descending in reverse chronology.
P.S. Image from unsplash. That site has some of the most amazing images on the web.
Note - I’m falling apart. Yep. Depression is back, smashing down my self-esteem and my ability to do... anything. I’m not keeping on top of my uni work. Student Finance is messing me about and I’ve only been to one class this week (The first class I missed because of a deadline, the second class I missed because the bus was running half an hour late for an hour-long commute, and the third class was cancelled.) This is all making me really stressed out, plus the confidence I built up last term seems to have completely dissipated.
However, good news – the Jade Rose Project is almost done now, and as passed an interview for an intern role at my university, so at least the money pressure is of a little bit. Also, I was feeling so down today, I went into Waterstones to buy a book and Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig caught my eye. Now I’ve been reading it, I was stunned to see someone else has written down, on paper, in real words, my experience with depression. It’s kind of painful to read, but I’m so grateful I found it. I kinda want everyone to read it.
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