BA Post Challenge: The Bookish Social Network

BA’s 26 Posts Blogging Challenge

BA's 26 Posts Challenge for Book BloggersWelcome to BA’s 26 Posts Posting Challenge for Book Bloggers! The aim of this challenge is to create one post a week, focusing on books, book blogs, and a scattering of personal topics, for 26 weeks. You can learn more, or be kept up to date with topics here.

Posts will go up every Sunday, but you can post any time during the week (all topics are pre-listed), and share your posts in the comments for others to find. Please refrain from targeting individuals, bullying, or slandering in your posts. Share your opinions, but keep it diplomatic if anything negative comes up so this can be, and stay, a fun challenge.

This Week’s Topic

The Bookish Social Network: What do you think the pros and cons are of using social networking sites, such as Goodreads and Twitter, for book lovers (feel free to share all your profiles in the social networking universe)? Continue reading

BA Post Challenge: Ice Breaker

BA’s 26 Posts Blogging Challenge

BA's 26 Posts Challenge for Book BloggersWelcome to BA’s 26 Posts Posting Challenge for Book Bloggers! The aim of this challenge is to create one post a week, focusing on books, book blogs, and a scattering of personal topics, for 26 weeks. You can learn more, or be kept up to date with topics here.

Posts will go up every Sunday, but you can post any time during the week (all topics are pre-listed), and share your posts in the comments for others to find. Please refrain from targeting individuals, bullying, or slandering in your posts. Share your opinions, but keep it diplomatic if anything negative comes up so this can be, and stay, a fun challenge.

This Week’s Topic

Ice Breaker: How do you get on to the topic of books when socialising, especially with new faces?

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This is a question I really enjoy when others answer it. Mainly due to not knowing how to get onto the subject of books unless I’m at a book club, in a bookstore, at a library, or in some way or form surrounded by a group of book lovers. Unless someone is advertising they love books, there’s no way to know. I’d feel odd just coming out with a ‘Do you read?’ without prompting.

Luckily I tend to be around more people who read now than I was when I was younger. It does help that when people ask me what I do I tell them I write and I review books. Now how’s that for a bookish conversation starter? Usually people will jump on the writing subject, but there’s those special few who will ask about both or offer related information about themselves.

Of course it doesn’t help that I’m socially phobic and am still recovering from long-term social isolation. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m much better at reading facial expressions and body language, but taking notice of timing, prompts, and figuring out the next thing to say is still something I’m working on. Then again, who isn’t?

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