Armchair BEA: Networking
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Donna and I have only recently joined forces – merging our blogs to form B-Lines and Felines. Donna previously ran Book Bags and Cat Naps while I ran The World According to Dave. Donna’s blog was primarily book and cat driven, whereas mine was mostly entertainment in the form of games, films, music and books, with some cat anecdotes thrown in. Having a house with six cats, it’s difficult not to mention them from time to time.
Both our prior and current ventures have seen us warmly welcomed into the indie community on the likes of Twitter and Facebook. As well as running B-Lines and Felines, Donna was the founder of the Indie Exchange where all involved in the indie world are welcome – authors, book bloggers, editors etc – to post and share articles, advice, anything of interest and benefit to the other members.
Donna is also a key member of the Book Bloggers’ Collaborative, a clique of book bloggers of which I am also a proud member despite my daily ridicule for being a fan of dragons. Despite the insults, BBColl is made up of a fine selection of book bloggers who will promote you as much as you promote them. BBColl’s members support one another in their respective book blogs and in sharing posts on the BBColl site as well. It’s a truly great group to be a part of.
The majority of our associate book bloggers and authors are based overseas while we have to make do with our humble island that is the UK. While The Indie Exchange and BBColl allow us both to maintain close ties with our fellow authors and book bloggers, B-Lines and Felines opens its doors to guest posts, interviews, excerpts and book trailers, anything to do our bit in the indie community. There’s the added bonus of meeting new talents and savouring great books as well.
If all of that isn’t enough, Donna is also on the panel for BBColl’s weekly radio show along with Coral Russell and Kriss Morton where brave authors are interviewed by the trio. I have yet to face the inquisition myself but I know it’s only a matter of time. We may be somewhat restricted here in the UK but our previous blogs and our current one have enabled us to still be a part of the online communities. We’d relish the opportunity to meet our fellow authors and bloggers in person but until we win the lottery and visit everyone in turn we’ll have to be content with being immersed in the community through B-Lines and Felines, The Indie Exchange and The Book Bloggers’ Collaborative.