Why hello there everyone! I know it’s been a while, but I finally have a new Book Blogger Creativity Project post for you!
Welcome to the Hogwarts School of Blogcraft and Bookistry feature hosted by the Red Team! It’s finally my time to be the professor and share some tips on taking Care of Magical Creatures!
I am focusing on two types of magical creatures: bloggers and books!
First up…Tips on how to socialize with your fellow bloggers or readers!
By now you all probably know that I love lists, so here’s a list for you!
- Use social media (especially Twitter). I have found 99% of the blogs that I follow through Twitter, so I highly recommend you use it!
- Participate in some weekly memes like Top Ten Tuesday, and go blog hopping! As a lot of my fellow professors mentioned, commenting on new blogs is a great way to socialize with bookish people!
- Join a Twitter chat! I host #RQWN which is Random Questions With Nori, and I always like to see new faces there. (Pssst…. I heard a rumor it’s happening TODAY- December 18th).
- Goodreads hopping! Check out your favorite book on Goodreads and look to see who has rated it highly/appears to have the same feelings as you. Then comment on their review, or send them a friend request, and voila, you’ve made a bookish friend!
One common trait/characteristic of a Gryffindor is being sociable. Gryffindors are comfortable interacting with all different types of people and in any situation. However, I, Prof. Tuzi, am not a social butterfly. I love my books and love *talking* to people in those books, but people in real life? Not so much. If any of you Gryffindors feel the same way as I, I have some advice for you that I’ve gained throughout the past few months since I’ve joined the blogosphere:
- Treat other bloggers/readers as you would treat your real life friends. It’s hard to truly “know” them, but if they love books they can’t be too bad, right? 😀
- When interacting, get to know the other person. It doesn’t always have to be about you.
- Be nice, be thoughtful.
- Every person thinks differently, and it’s hard to set a tone when interacting online. Try to be as clear as possible, so that there aren’t any misunderstandings!
I have to repeat the importance of commenting! Also, having a twitter is vital to opening up your network and providing another platform where you can easily reach your fellow bloggers.
NO REGRETS. Most of the time the blogger, read, or author will reciprocate your interest. Be yourself, and people will be naturally drawn to your charming personality. *winks*
Set aside some time to blog hop through a meme. If you’re using free WordPress, search the tag (e.g. top ten tuesday) and fire those comments away. Most conversations will probably start off bookish but feel free to quip in on other things. Who knows…maybe you’ll meet your new best Internet friend!
Comment, comment, comment! Replying to a comment on your own blog and exploring other blogs and leaving meaningful messages on their posts are great ways to break the ice.
Go out of your way to be friendly!
Don’t be afraid to start a conversation on social media!
Comment! And comment back!
Now…it’s time to move onto the next lesson! What are some titles featuring your favorite animals/mythical creatures?
I have to agree with Professor Aentee on this one- The Scorpio Races is hands down the best possible answer for this question. I guess Slytherins and Hufflepuffs can agree on some things 😉
- Esio Trot by Roald Dahl (read it backwards guys!)
- Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
- Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
- Dragonfly by Julia Golding
- Reawakened by Colleen Houck (falcons, mummies)
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini (it’s all about DRAGONS)
- Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
- Boggart by Susan Cooper (mythical creature)
- as well as ALL the ones Claire mentioned.
Who knew Gryffindors and Ravenclaws have such similar tastes in books?!
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater features the most heartbreaking and poignant relationship between boy & killer horse. A killer horse that ATE HIS FATHER, might I add.
Wolf by Wolf (Ryan Graudlin) & The Mark of Athena (Rick Riordan and owls!!)
Manchee the dog from Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking Trilogy, Bridget the pigeon from Kevin Sand’s The Blackthorn Key, Finn from Shannon Parker’s The Girl Who Fell.
Animal Farm, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Harry Potter (yes, again), Percy Jackson, The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Did you learn anything from this class? How would you have answered the two questions in the lesson plan? Let me know in the comments below!
You’re not going to want to miss the last class of Hogwarts School of Blogcraft and Bookistry, so make sure to stop by Angel’s blog next Friday for Charms class!