Today's topic at Armchair BEA is Nurturing Relationships. One of the reasons I got into blogging was to connect with other people. A few years ago I started a personal blog, but was so shy about sharing my life with people that I didn't really make any connections. When I got involved with book bloggers through my job, I realized this was a way I could meet people and share something I love. Today, I want to share with you just one relationship I have built since becoming a book blogger.
I comment occasionally on blogs, but most of my relationship building is done through Twitter. Recently, I started chatting pretty regularly with a group of book bloggers. The conversation started out with just 2 or 3 of us, but rapidly grew to 5. We couldn't fit much conversation in with all the twitter names so we came up with a hashtag - #BookBlogHelp. Since creating the hashtag we have had several other bloggers join us from time to time. Some contribute and others just lurk.
Who is behind #BookBlogHelp?
Cait of The Cait Files, Neri of In the Name of Books, Teresa of Teresa's Reading Corner, Aimee of Coffee Table Reviews, and me originally started the chat. However, we love for other bloggers to join us whenever they can and use the hashtag without us. Some of us have just started blogging in the last few months, while others have been blogging for longer. I hope the other bloggers will stop by to introduce themselves in the comments, but if not you can check out their blogs by clicking on the links above. Also I have linked their names to their Twitter accounts.
What is #BookBlogHelp?
tweetchat.com. You just log on using your twitter account and then enter the hashtag. You'll see the whole conversation and don't have to remember to add #bookbloghelp with each tweet as it is done automatically.
I really think Twitter has helped Book Bloggers network and build relationships with one another. I use Book Blogs as well, but have met most bloggers through Twitter. I hope to meet up with at least some of the bloggers I have connected with in real life. Any of you going to be Indie Book Event at the end of July? I'll be there.
I hope you join us (or start your own) in our next #bookbloghelp chat. I would like to thank Aimee for making the graphic for us.