Once Upon a Story
September 12, 2012

I’ve been blogging since 2005.  I began with a family blog, one that seems to have faded into the sunset in recent months.

So consider myself a “veteran”, but a novice in the book blogging world.  In the summer of 2010, I was no longer teaching, instead staying at home with my 18-month old daughter.  I felt the need to connect on a different level.  A professional level, but without going back to work.  I played around with a few venues, but that fall decided to begin Once Upon A Story.  For several months, I blogged here.  And then, in March of 2011, I found out I was pregnant again.

And the blog fell by the wayside.  I was sick.  I was tired.  It was all I could do to make it through the day, and then once I made it through the day, I collapsed in bed at night.

Things didn’t improve much after Baby was born.

So it wasn’t until this spring that I began to begin writing again.  At the same time, I began to branch out and discover that this blog could help me find two things: balance and community.

I wrote alot about finding balance over here a short time ago, so I won’t spend alot of time on that today.

Let’s focus on community.

In real life- I know not everybody shares their blogging space with their “in real life” friends and family, but I have.  And I know that some will take grievance with the “in real life” vs. “virtual” friends, but you know what I mean.  These are people I meet with and socialize with outside of my computer. These friends are aware of this space and, those that are interested, follow along.  I’m good with that!  It sort of allows us to share books and thoughts when we might not otherwise be able to do so, because we’re typically busy in doling out snacks, child-wrangling, and planning our next playdate.  Because when I’m not at my computer, like most other moms I know, that is real life.

In the blogging world- The book blogging community is so open.  People WANT to share.  Have a question?  Ask away!  Disagree?  That’s okay! (Just do it tactfully).  This shared passion and discussion has, in some cases, led to more personal relationships as well.  Other moms will sympathize when I mention having “one of those days”.  Or when I mention that someone I went to school with has asked for recommendations on a particular genre…the results come (and continue to come!) flooding in.

It takes some effort.  I participate in discussions and events (like BBAW).  I comment and share with other bloggers.  I write on not just a “professional” level, but on a personal one, too, so that those who visit here realize that there’s an actual person behind the blog.  And I have a husband who is very understanding of it all 😛

That’s why I do it.  For the community.  So if you’ve been lurking, or are visiting here for the first time, please say hello!  Let’s get the conversation started!

(Well, later tonight.  For now, I have a non-napper who keeps trying to chew on my computer cord.)



4 responses to “Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Building Community”

  1. I totally agree with you! I also share my blog with my family and friends. Because it’s apart of who I am, so how can I not share it. Same with the writing. I try to keep it professional cause I do know it’s reviewing, but at the same time I have to keep my writing “me” so it keeps me going back for more. Great post!

  2. Jen Robinson says:

    My real-world best friend and I live 3000 miles apart. She gets my blog by email every day, and says that it makes her feel more connected to my life (even though I’m writing more about books than day to day stuff – we’ve always connected over books anyway). So I have found that my blog helps with my real-world community (that’s just one example, of course). And as for the blogging community, well, I’ve found everything you said and more. And I’ve been fortunate (through events like KidLitCon) to turn some of my blogging friends into real-world friends. Which is a great gift. I hope that blogging continues to bring you community! I’m certainly glad to have you here.

  3. MoniqueReads says:

    I don’t share my blog with family and friends because reading is not their things. But the book blogging community is diverse, awesome and supportive.

    Great Post.

  4. alexia561 says:

    One of my favorite parts of blogging is the community! My family and friends don’t really get my love of reading, so glad that I’ve made so many virtual friends who totally ‘get’ me! Very impressed that you’ve come back to blogging after baby #2! Good for you! 🙂

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