Cassie’s Thursday Thought (2): The Book Community!

Welcome to Week #2 of My Own Brand of Mind Ramblings and Discussion Topics ūüėČ
Feel free to chime in, the purpose of these is to have discussions! 
WEEK #2: The Book/Book Blogging Community

I’m gonna start this off with my brief experience of entering the book blogging community. ¬†In case you don’t know my story it went a little something like this. ¬†

  • Discovered BookTubers (January [ish])
  • Subscribed to some of their blogs! (February)
  • Became OCD about reading book blogs (immediately!)
  • Contemplated joining the community (February)
  • Got scared.
  • Sucked it up. ¬†JOINED. (May)So basically, for a few months, I was a scaredy-cat and refused to become apart of this community. ¬†

But why?  Why would anyone hesitate you ask?  Fear.  
I can’t lie. ¬†I was petrified. ¬†Petrified no one would like me, or I would have no idea what I was doing, or even that my blog would just be ugly. ¬†Maybe I couldn’t write a review for shit. ¬†Who knows! So MANY things could just not work out in my favor.¬†
Let’s talk about the reality…
My first blog design DID suck. ¬†Okay, maybe not suck. ¬†But I totally did that whole white font/dark background thing that’s frowned upon. ¬†Thankfully, Loretta (Between the Pages) helped me. ¬†She fixed it and created my new header and much of what you see. ¬†Since that, I have gotten so much help¬†and learned even a bit of CSS myself. ¬†;).¬†
The Social Networking
Twitter. ¬†Amazingness. ¬†Like for real. ¬†Everyone was so embracing. ¬†Being new in the book blogging community is totally NOT like being in a new school or going somewhere strange where you know no one for the first time. ¬†Its warming and inviting. Oh, and Goodreads? Pure bliss. ¬†Love that site like its my own child. ¬†If you’re in this community without it, get it. ¬†NOW.
Immediately, people offer to help you. ¬†Not only that, but people like Angela (Reading Angel) offer up book suggestions like nobody’s business. ¬†She’s my own personal book pusher! ¬†But I mean, she’s always right, so what can I do! It’s awesome to feel like someone cares if you read something cuz they JUST want you to enjoy it. ¬†
Drama: Get Real, Its NOT just here, its EVERYWHERE.
This community, is not scary. ¬†While YES, and I’ll mention it, fine. ¬†It has drama. ¬†So does everything! ¬†Especially in a community filled with mostly girls (minus a few such as Justin and Tiernan). There is going to be drama every now and then. ¬†It happens. ¬†But CLEARLY everyone here loves what they do! ¬†I mean we’ve got people who have been doing this for years. ¬†
The Hopes
I sincerely hope everyone had as wonderful of an experience as I did. ¬†I was lucky enough to get a few “native bloggers” who were willing to help me from day one. ¬†Honestly, without them, I do not know where I would be. ¬†I couldn’t do this all by myself. ¬†But that is the THING, here. ¬†You do not have to. ¬†Any one who came to me for help, I would love to help them. ¬†And why? ¬†To show the same kindness that was offered to me. ¬†I think this book blogging community deserves a wonderful reputation. ¬†Everyone works so hard! ¬†This may be for fun, but it is work! ¬†People need to recognize that! ¬†Posts don’t just come to us at the drop of a dime. ¬†WE have to design them and write them and publicize them. ¬†None of it is easy. ¬†But, if you’ve been here a while you know… its worth it. ¬†

So do me a favor and sound off below. ¬†I really do want to know what you think. ¬†How did your experience go when you came here? ¬†How is it now? Are you just a reader on the brink of making a book blog? ¬†Reach out to someone! We’re here to help. ¬†And might I say, on the whole- we’re pretty damn awesome. ¬†ūüėČ