Being part of the bookish community is like finding the home you didn’t realise you needed. People who understand why you cry over fictional characters? Who also blog? Throwing yourself into the community can be daunting though, particularly when you’re new. So just how should you go about diving into the community?
As a whole, the bookish community can be found across multiple platforms, we will dominate the world someday. Until then, if you know what to search for, it’s fairly easy to find us. We’re very much alive on Twitter and Bookstagram, you can also find us on BookTube and our Blogs. We’ll also probably be on Goodreads and some of us may be on Books and Writing Amino…Litsy anyone? Oh and Discord.
We are everywhere. Literally…the community throws books at each social media platform and hey there we are! We’re easier to find on certain platforms though. Bookstagram – type in a book related hash tag and you’re good to go; like the pretty photos, comment and make new friends to your hearts content! Twitter you can type in a hash tag again, it’ll pull a mixture of tweets and profiles using that hash tag.
Goodreads can be a lil difficult if you’re trying to find friends, although most of us will have a Goodreads. So if you want to be friends with us, request and we’ll more than likely accept. Litsy I’m not really familiar with, I think I peeked at it and erm…ran away *chuckles* I didn’t really see myself using the app so why have it. I think my profile is still on there somewhere….
Basically the community spans across many platforms, you don’t need to be on all platforms. Just a few and start connecting to us. We’ll take twitter here as my example (it’s my choice of poison ok)
You find a twitter user, who’s a book blogger, awesome! Like some of their tweets, if you have something to say on a tweet then reply! Chances are they’ll like your reply and do their best to reply to you. If you keep doing this regularly, you’ll begin to build up a network of people, who you may just one day call friends.
There’s no shortcut to joining the community, the best thing you can do it just jump on in, we’ll welcome you with open arms. As we all figure out how to escape our TBR’s which are gunning for our hearts hehe.
Now, this is something I wanted to go into a bit more. Just because I personally wouldn’t be where I am today without Discord Servers. In a nutshell, Discord is an app and website originally designed for gamers. Signing up is free, as is creating your own server! (there’ll be a dedicated in depth post on Discord later on in the series)
A server is a bit like a house, with channels (kinda like rooms in a house!) and there are so many different houses all focusing on slightly different things! It was being part of the New Bloggers server, where I first felt part of the community. More so than on twitter or instagram. Consequently, I’m basically on Discord everyday all the time. It’s my go to for communicating with others and how I made all my friends basically.
Below you’ll find a list of Discord Servers, what they’re about, who to go to for an invite. (some servers may have a never ending invite, in that case you don’t need to go to anyone for an invite!)
Discord Servers You Can Join!
Owners: Me & Sam @ Fictionally Sam
About: We created this server to give a space for the whole bookish community. No matter your preferred platform, or maybe you’re not on a platform! The server provides us all a space to get to know one another, learn about each others platforms, support one anothers content across the platforms. As well as us making friends!
Invite Link: Click here to join
Owner: Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books
About: The goal of New Bloggers is to help new bloggers see their way clearer in the book blogging world. So you can ask all the questions you have and we’ll try our best to answer. As time passes, you’ll get more experience yourself – then you can also pass on the knowledge you’ve gained to newer members too.
Invite Link: To join either ask Lauren or Evelina over on twitter
If you own/run a discord server relating to book blogging/reading/writing etc then get in touch with me and I’ll add it to this list for you!
At the end of the day, we all love books right? Don’t panic, don’t stress just start with a simple hi to someone or comment on something we’ve posted. The conversation will soon start flowing!
As always, I hope this post was helpful for you and if you have anything you’d like to see covered in this series. Leave it below in the comments!