Saturday, February 6, 2010

The kid lit blogosphere fancy ball

For the past few days, I've been in acute withdrawal. In the aftermath of the kid lit blog Comment Challenge, hosted by Mother Reader and Lee Wind, the buzz of kid lit bloggers faded to a whisper. It was my blogosphere event debut - the first time I've participated in a challenge since starting my blog last June. What a revelation. I was thrust into a virtual social whirl for which I didn't even need to buy a new dress. The only requirement was to visit other kid lit blogs and make five comments a day. I did so with diligence. It was time consuming - and in the process I treated my writing and painting WIPs with callous disregard, ignoring their screeches for attention.
As I plodded through a list of kid lit blogs, leaving comments like dropped glass slippers at so many balls - I noticed something. Visitors were stopping by my own blog. Many left their calling cards. Several of them began following me too. I gathered valuable insights about the Kidlitosphere, met new people and joined in the party. No downside involving rags or pumpkins - most often I was in pajamas.
Now I know - I need to continue to make the effort to sustain that community. Thank you Lee and Mother Reader for the invitation.

3 comments:

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I found you through the comment challenge. Glad we connected!

Jan von Harz said...

I agree the comment challenge was a great way to connect with other bloggers. I have such a long list of blogs I am now following it it hard to keep up. but it is one of the things I love about blogging.

Kathy B. at forwordsbooks said...

I felt exactly the same way. I am now catching up with all the work I put aside while I was busy meeting all these new friends. It was a wonderful party, though and I look forward to the next one.