I think it’s really interesting to look at the different sub-communities in the overall book blogging community. Sometimes I feel like I’m so sheltered when I only look at my own Twitter feed and my own email subscriptions to my favourite blogs. I see the same faces. I get a sense of what I THINK this community is all about.
Then I join something new and my whole perspective changes.
The “circle” I’m in is super laid back
By this “circle” I really just mean the people that I follow on Twitter, the blogs that are in my Feedly, and the blogs I subscribe to. It’s not really like a clique or a “club” or anything like that; loads of the people in this “circle” don’t even know or talk to me. It’s just a list of people that I personally am exposed to and see every day on different platforms/feeds.
This is kind of how I see the bloggers in my circle:
- Laid back.
- Starting to request fewer ARCs.
- Not stressed about blogging.
- Don’t really care about “expectations” or blogger “trends”. They just do their own things.
- Mostly publish discussion posts, reviews, and personal posts.
- Open, honest, genuine.
- Not really bothered with having a ton of contacts.
- Don’t have reading schedules. They’re mood readers and just read whatever, whenever.
We have kind of this surfer dude outlook. Laid back, not bothered, not stressed, just posting random shit in our own spaces.
Other circles are completely different!
As I’ve been branching out and peeking into other circles, here are a few I’ve come across:
The Facebook circle
- Doesn’t have much blog traffic (based on what THEY’VE said, not my own observations).
- But, they have A TON of Facebook likes.
- They spend more time on Facebook than their blogs.
- Post about ebook deals frequently.
- Have close connections with indie authors.
- Do a lot of promo.
The ARC frenzy circle
- Constantly try to figure out how to get ARCs.
- Always making note of who gets approved for which ARC and how many followers they have.
- Hungry for publisher connections.
- Get stressed when they don’t understand why a certain blogger got a certain ARC (they have few followers, etc.).
- Have strict reading schedules.
- They always know if they’re “ahead” or “behind” because they have schedules.
The challenger circle
- Usually host their own challenge
- Their sidebars are filled with challenge buttons and progress bars
- They’re always participating in reading challenges
- Strive to meet goals and deadlines
The book blogging community doesn’t have a mold
I think this goes to show that there’s a place for everyone in the book blogging community.
- If you love discussion posts and hate schedules, there’s a place for you.
- If you want to do everything on Facebook, there’s a place for you.
- If you only read books by indie authors, there’s a place for you.
- If you like doing promo posts and blog tours, there’s a place for you.
There’s no right way to blog, and regardless of how you want to do it, you’ll be able to find your place in this community. There are tons of different “circles” full of people just like you. And if not, start your own circle! Be a trend setter! Just because there are a few trends in the community doesn’t mean that you HAVE to pick one of them. There are no rules and no boundaries. You can do whatever you want.