Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Day 4

I am participating in The Estella Societyโ€˜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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But, I am an awkward comment-writer;ย 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>! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Blogging, tweeting, participating in events like this, readathons… they all make me happy. However, ‘commenting’ is where I intend to improve. I am comfortableย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am still actively blogging only because of the fellow-bloggers, who are non-judgmental, warm, and encouraging.ย 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 isย my favourite part ย — their random act of kindness. ๐Ÿ™‚

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18 thoughts on “Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Day 4

  1. Great blog.
    I love your writing.
    Thank you for your thoughts.

    :p

    But seriously, I know I’ve only just started reading your blog in these past few weeks but it is a great blog. And I love your doodles! I too spent too long lurking on blogs as I never know what to say. (Though these days it’s more like I have no time to comment what with two boys causing chaos). So I really appreciate any little comment on mine! Here is my thank you to you for your comments!

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  2. D, do you know something? I’m the exact opposite of you. I can’t write one word originally! But I’m quite comfortable commenting on blogs. I need somebody to express an opinion or thought and then I can always find something to say about that – usually contrarian. No wonder I’m quite unpopular among my immediate family and relatives; who likes an old grouch for company. But poor bloggers cannot run away, so they have to listen to me. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. What a lovely post this is. And I know the feeling!! I know I repeat myself a lot when I’m commenting, especially if I’m in a rush, and I try to find things of more substance to say. I want bloggers to know that I appreciate them writing the post and I am interested in what they have to say!

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  4. Heh, I totally understand feeling like you are repeating yourself I feel that way all the time too. How many times have I said things like “I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages” or “I’ve not read this author yet but I hope to some time” and variations the kind. I think we all get stuck on repeat now and then!

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  5. You know the Yelp app? It makes you have a minimum word count when you write a review and it really bugs me but then I really like it when I try to give myself a minimum word count when I comment because sometimes what pours out of my fingers can have nuggets of truth. or whatever. Sometimes I edit (like I should here?!) and sometimes I don’t. Even if no relevant, often amusing. BEST to you in your commenting endeavors. I believe in internet-energy – comments you scatter here there and everywhere will sprout back at your own blog with those who matter. It will ebb and flow though so don’t worry about and just yap-away. It’ll be fun. Kinda what Michelle just wrote…

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