Book Blogger Appreciation Week Day 4 – staying connected



How do you stay connected to the community? Examples: social media, regular commenting, participation in blog events, etc. Tell us your faves!

For far too long I was a Lurker, a Stalker, a Reader of blogs, but never one who commented, who participated. I don’t know what held me back. Ok maybe I do. I thought my comments sounded silly.

But I’ve become a Braver Book Blogger in recent years. I’ve been a blogger who takes part in memes, in readathons, in bookish events.

So here are my favourites!

I’ve been Instagramming more in recent months and love it! Instagram is full of gorgeous photos and you know what, there are so many beautiful photos of books, bookshelves, bookstores, libraries.

I love Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon. I hesitated for so long (how to keep up? How to stay up? How to readathon with two young kids??) before taking part for the first just a couple of years ago and it is one of the best blogging events ever. It is just so much fun. The next readathon is April 23!! Put it down in your calendars!

I wish I were a more regular commenter on my favourite blogs. I read blogs on feedly, usually on my phone, but sometimes it can be tricky writing comments on the iPhone. I really don’t know why but blogger really doesn’t like my phone because I can never comment on blogspot blogs – think it’s mostly because of the pop-ups making sure you’re human. I try to comment when I can but that’s probably not often enough.


I take part regularly in memes like Library Loot (hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief) and It’s Monday, what are you reading? (this started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date). I haven’t been as regular this year with Weekend Cooking, which the lovely Beth hosts but I’ll try to get back on that again soon. And #comicsfebruary is also fantastic! And in the past two Decembers, I’ve taken part in A Month of Faves, hosted by Traveling with TEstella’s Revenge, and GirlXOXO.

I was going to say I don’t really do readalongs much then I remembered the time when Trish made us read did a Drood readalong!


I keep track of my books on Goodreads and also take part in some reading challenges. This year I’m taking part in Back to the Classics, #readmyowndamnbooks, Diversity on the Shelf, and the Non-fiction Reading ChallengeI also look forward to reading events like Readers Imbibing in Peril!


  1. Made you do a readalong!! LOL!! Ugh–Drood was so terrible. I think that’s the only readalong I’ve done where I had to abandon the book. Weekend Cooking is one of my favorite ways to connect…even if it’s not always bookish! And of course have been loving #ComicsFebruary as usual. 😉


  2. Weekend cooking is a favorite, but I have to post it during the week or the weekend with small kids happens and I forget. This event has made me even more pumped about Readathon!


  3. Sometimes I think if it weren’t for memes I wold have stopped blogging altogether. Top Ten Tuesday has helped me connect even when I can’t summon the energy to write reviews! Still, I’ve gotten so bad at commenting, which is really one of the best parts of blogging. Time to change that!


  4. I’m glad you became a ‘brave blog commenter’. And I like the weekly things too. It gives me something to talk about without my having to think too hard. Commenting is my favorite part, thought it does take time. We all do as we have time to right? 🙂


    1. Julianne! Hello! Er I don’t know why I’ve never visited your blog either!! But I’m going to go get that fixed right away! Thanks for stopping by!!


  5. If I could have ANYTHING it would be an easier way to comment on blogs from my mobile devices. I would be a commenting machine then! I’m so glad you’ve branched out and gotten continually more involved. I just adore your blog and your photos and everything you put out here for us to consume. 😀


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