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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Southern California Book Bloggers: Your input, please!

If I had to list all the things I love about blogging, "community" would be very high on the list. I've found several  communities that feel a bit like home, but the book-blogging community is extra-special to me, and not just in its virtual form; I appreciate that I've been able to get to know some of my fellow Southern California book bloggers in so-called "real life" too. But I know there are a lot more of you that I haven't had the chance to meet yet - and probably even more than I don't even know are in SoCal in the first place. I'd like to see that change, though; I'd like to see even more connections forming within the SoCal book-blogging community. And I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who feels that way.

One of the SoCal book bloggers I've been lucky to get to know is My Friend Amy. Most of y'all know her too, I'm sure - founder of Book Blogger Appreciation Week and community-builder extraordinaire!

Amy recently approached me about an idea to start a blog/community site for those of us who live in Southern California and love to talk about books online - bloggers and authors especially. I'd love to see something like that - a "community hub" for the region, where we can help promote the reading life of a place that tends to be better known for other forms of entertainment, as well as get to know one another better (online, and possibly offline as well) - so I'm more than happy to help her out.

But it will take a village to build this village! We need to know who's out there, whether you'd like to be part of a site like this, and what you'd like to see there. If you're a book blogger or author based anywhere in Southern California - San Diego to Santa Barbara to San Bernadino to all points in between (we're rather flexible on the geography, but want to be clear that we're definitely not talking about just LA and the OC) - we'd like to hear from you, and we've got a little survey right here. The responses will go into a spreadsheet and help us get a feel for the interest in this - so please let us know that you're interested!

Amy is posting this survey today too, so please respond at only one of our blogs! Your information will help us figure out where to take this project next, and we'll update you on that soon. We hope you're as interested in strengthening the SoCal book-blog community as we are!

3 comments:

  1. form filled out.

    as for the last question... I selected Promotion but I'm still a small blog. I can also do small maintenance jobs and some setup stuff

    I know more about blogger than I do word press

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  2. Gina (Book Dragon) - Thanks for signing on with your info. Hopefully, getting this site going will help your blog get a little bigger!

    I'm better on Blogger too, and so is Amy (I think). I'm not sure what platform we'll be using - haven't gotten that far yet :-).

    Wendy (Literary Feline) - I think we need something like this. It's Amy's brainchild, but I'm glad she asked me to help out!

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