Talk to Me: Blogging Communities

February 9, 2015 books, discussion, movies 10

Talk To Me

is a no-nonsense discussion feature on this blog. No-nonsense means I’m too lazy to make it look pretty. It’s exactly what the title suggests: I’m going to pose a question or tell you my own opinion about something, and I want to know what you think about it! Obviously feel free to write up your own post on the topic and link it in the comments.


Topic

Today’s post is about different blogging communities! Okay, so if you follow this blog or have stumbled upon it before, you might have noticed that, while I mostly post about books, I also post about movies and random stuff I like. If I’ve posted about something that is not book related several times in a row, I wonder whether I can still say I’m a book blogger. It doesn’t really make much of a difference, but since I feel most at home in the book blogging community, it’s worth consideration to me. I think I do consider myself a book blogger, but who says you only have to be one thing? Which brings me to my actual question: What kinds of blogging communities are there? And do most people just keep to one of them, or are they part of different communities?

My Opinion

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but when I first created this blog, I was at a bit of a loss. How could I even get anyone to find it? Where can I find other blogs I can read? Sure, there’s always Google, but there are so many blogs and most of them don’t turn up if you don’t search for their name specifically. Then I discovered the book blogging community and that it actually is a community. There are link ups, like Stacking the Shelves, that most book bloggers know about and use to find other bloggers. But what if you’re not a book blogger, or not exclusively one, or simply want to find blogs that deal with different subjects? Don’t get me wrong, I love book blogging and the book blogging community, but it never hurts to expand your horizons. Recently, I searched for movie blogs, because I do also blog about movies sometimes, and didn’t find much, other than really big movie websites. So that got me wondering: is the book blogging community somehow unique or am I just not searching right?

I’m inclined to say it’s probably the latter, but I can’t be sure, so I thought I’d ask for your input. I know there are other blogging communities out there (and of course all of them overlap as well). Beauty blogging is definitely a thing, as well as lifestyle blogging and baby blogging. There are probably countless other examples of blogging communities I’m not familiar with. I do wonder though – are they similar to the book blogging community or are there differences? How do people connect and find each other? I thought maybe some of you are part of several blogging communities, so I wondered about your experiences!

Your Turn!

So what about you? Do you mostly stay to the book blogging community or do you dance at many weddings? Are your followers mainly people you know that blog about similar things (if they blog), or are they a varied bunch? Oh, and please direct me towards the movie/tv show blogging community if there is one and you happen to know it!

10 Responses to “Talk to Me: Blogging Communities”

  1. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    I am mainly focused on the book blogging community, because that’s my main passion, but I also follow a couple of beauty/fashion/lifestyle blogs. It’s fun to stay up to date with the new trends and it gives me inspiration for my daily life :) I guess I never thought about looking for a movie/TV show community, because most of my book blog friends watch the same things as I do, so I already talk about it with others.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      For beauty or lifestyle things I mostly go to youtube because it’s often something specific I’m looking up (e.g. how to do smokey eyeshadow :D) rather than a general interest, but there are some really talented people out there! I love when I see movie/tv show posts about things I like in book blogs I follow because it just means we have that much more in common. :)
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  2. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    Well, I don’t know if it is ONLY the book blogging community that is so connected, but I think it is more so than others. For example: I had a personal blog for a few years, and it kind of morphed into a bit of a “mom blog”. So I tried to join the “community”. Only… there really wasn’t one. Or at least there wasn’t a very nice one. They wouldn’t even let you join in memes or giveaways and stuff unless you had a certain amount of page views and followers. There was absolutely NO commenting back, and it was all just completely cutthroat. When people DID comment, it was basically just to beat down your post and ideas. Awful! So when I found the book community, I basically fled and abandoned my mom blog. I have been so, so much happier! So like I said, I don’t know that many communities are as wonderful and cohesive as the book blog one, and I sure am glad I found it!
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      That’s very interesting! I always thought mom blogs have a nice community going on, but then it’s not like I ever had a reason to get into them! That’s crazy about the page views and followers, that would really piss me off. :D I mean it makes sense when publishers say we’re not going to give out ARCs to people who don’t have enough followers because they actually cost them money, but with memes and giveaways it’s just ridiculous. I can’t imagine I’d like to blog under the kind of circumstances you’re describing – I’m sorry you had such a bad experience, but I’m glad you found a community that makes you happy. :)
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