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.