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After yesterday’s love fest, you’d think I would be tired of all this, but I find these events so invigorating. Today’s theme builds upon the idea of community.

The world of book blogging has grown enormously and sometimes it can be hard to find a place. Share your tips for finding and keeping community in book blogging despite the hectic demands made on your time and the overwhelming number of blogs out there. If you’re struggling with finding a community, share your concerns and explain what you’re looking for–this is the week to connect!

How does one define community in such a context? For me, after two years of an ever-expanding feed reader and blogroll, I had to redefine my own definition of community to include only those blogs with whom I had a true affinity. If I found myself skimming through a majority of a blog’s posts or even marking all as read, then it was removed from my reader. As a result, I feel a closer bond with those remaining blogs because I know that I will actually comment on these blogs. Even if I don’t, I know that they will provide me ample fuel for my growing wish list, honest and thoughtful reviews, and greater appreciation for the wide world of books. They are my own little community.

Still, I would absolutely love the chance to meet more bloggers face-to-face. I would love to create just as strong an Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana Book Blogging community as exists in Utah. I crave more get-togethers with like-minded adults and harbor secret dreams of creating a real-life book club filled with fellow bloggers. If anyone lives in the tri-state area and is interested, please let me know!

In the meantime, I will continue to check out new bloggers in an effort to find the next kindred spirit and member of my little community. It’s my own solution to the overwhelming number of blogs out there!

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