Todays post is all about Networking. Both online and off, how do you do it?
Offline, it's a bit difficult for me. My kids and other commitments keep me very busy and I often don't have the time to get out there and attend lots of opportunities for meeting face to face. I know that there is a very large book blogger community in my fabulous city of Toronto and I do hope to meet up with some of the book bloggers one day.
I do try to attend Word on the Street, a yearly book festival here in the city. It's an awesome opportunity to get out and celebrate books with other book lovers. And I recently attended an author talk, with Malcolm Gladwell, and I hope to attend many more in the future.
I have struck up lots of conversations with people through books because I always have one on me when I go out. I talk to people at the park, on the bus, at the doctors office because they see me reading books. And I have had a lot of interesting conversations because of them. I love that books have the power to bring people of all walks of life together.
Online, I network through memes, giveaways, twitter and participating in readathons and other fantastic opportunities like Armchair BEA. In the beginning of blogging I wasn't sure how much I wanted to get out involved in these things, how much time I had to do so, but the more I network the more I realize what a fabulous community is out there and I thoroughly enjoy being a part of it.