#BookBlogExpo – Introductions & How to Network

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Book Blog Expo is being hosted by Donna at Girl Who Reads.

“Since networking starts with an introduction, we will roll these topics into 1 post. Gives us the 411 on you – who, what, where, when, why and how. Who are you, What do you blog, Where do you blog (also share where to find you on social media), When did you start blogging, Why do you blog, How do you go about your blogging and being involved in the book community (how do you network).”

Introduction posts are always hard.  You have to find a way to say familiar things in way that is interesting for both followers and new people.

My name is Heather.  I’m in Ohio.

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I’m an old lady blogger. I’ve been blogging since before it was cool. (Was it ever cool? I don’t think so.) I started blogging in 2004 and moved to this site in 2005. I started out talking about my life and animals and stuff. Eventually there got to be less and less stuff I could talk about because of privacy issues so I talk mostly about books now. Get more background on the Meet the Cast page.

I read all types of books except westerns (I nitpick the horse stuff) and cozy mysteries (I want the amateur detectives to go to jail for impeding an investigation).  I really like books about food and I run a monthly linkup about it called Foodies Read

Besides book stuff, I sometimes write about travel or current events that make me mad or quilting. 

Why do I blog?  I started blogging because I was married to a person who didn’t like to listen to my thoughts on anything so I started writing as an outlet.  Why do I continue since that isn’t the case anymore?  I still like to air my opinions on things that most people wouldn’t care about.  Most people IRL wouldn’t care about my in-depth opinion about the book I just read. 

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But if you find the right people online they will. 

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I don’t think I’m very good at networking.  I’m most active on Twitter.  That’s where I hang out with most of the book people.  Litsy bored me to tears.  I tried to do bookstagram but got bored with that too.  I mostly post other things to instagram.  I don’t connect Facebook to my blog at all because most people IRL don’t know I have the blog. 

I like special events like this one to meet new people.  I went to BEA once.  I helped with Armchair Book Expo for a few years.  I like monthly themed reading events like #AsianLitBingo. 

What I’d love to see is an active and engaged community of adult book lovers that is as enthusiastic as the YA community. 

Where to find me:

Twitter

Instagram