I am participating in The Estella Society‘s Book Blogger Appreciation Week (from February 15 to 19), and I will use this opportunity to write about my favourite books, bloggers, and introspect about my writing and reading habits.
Day 4: How do you stay connected to the community? Examples: social media, regular commenting, participation in blog events, etc. Tell us your faves!
So, I am a stalker. I follow you here, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. I subscribe to your blogs via e-mail. I create time after work to read your blogs. Every night. Like every night. Which is after 1 am in India.
I love stalking you. 😉 But, I am an awkward comment-writer; I find myself repeating while commenting. I often say:
Great blog. Adding the book to my TBR.
I love your writing.
This book was amazing.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Some more thank-yous, and <insert all nice adjectives>! 😉
I often argue with myself about this monotonous practice — should I still post that sort of a comment which doesn’t say much, or should I just stop with ‘liking’ the blog? When I try the latter, guilt engulfs me. I cannot forgive myself if I leave a blog without leaving a note, without letting the blogger know that I was there and I enjoyed the blog. How do I leave an enlightening comment that wouldn’t make me sound pompous? How do I leave a comment that wouldn’t make me sound daft? I am still trying to figure out. So, I continue leaving an unmemorable comment, and kick myself in my derriere later. 😉
Blogging, tweeting, participating in events like this, readathons… they all make me happy. However, ‘commenting’ is where I intend to improve. I am comfortable opening up here, but the very same process unnerves me when I try to be myself in the ‘comment’ space. I hope I will bring myself to be more interesting and honest there too. 🙂
I am still actively blogging only because of the fellow-bloggers, who are non-judgmental, warm, and encouraging. Who thought that folks, whom I haven’t met and whom I might not meet, would lift my spirits, and play an integral role in my life!
And, this is my favourite part — their random act of kindness. 🙂