Networking? We dohn neeed no steenking networking!!
Just kidding. Actually this is an area that I am Juuuuuust dipping my toes in. My blog is still small and more amateur (I spelled that word so wrong the first time that spell check couldn't even figure out what I meant)
Yeah so it's still so amateur that I have no 'names' to drop when I meet people IRL. However, I did almost create a writers workshop at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics patient library in conjunction with the Iowa Writers Workshop. And the project technically isn't kaput just yet, I just need to finish some things up. connect some dots. Did it advance my readership? nah. not at all.
I went last July to the Iowa City Book Festival and did get to talk about my blog more than anywhere else however I only had a few scraps of paper and some deposit slips to scrawl my .com down on. And I didn't really advance my readership there either. (or my bank account although I was hoping the deposit slips would get used!)
I'm going back to ICBF (someone please come out and see me! There are so many cool places for a meetup in IC) and I'm going prepared.
I made cards. Now I've tried these out a place or too and mostly I'm met with a polite scoff. Yes I didn't believe there was such a thing, but the polite scoff does exist and it's right there next to the cordial insult. This could be because IRL I work in agriculture, piglet feed precisely, and no one expects the QC manager to be so, well, bookish!
But the closest bookish community to me is about 40-70 miles away. We don't even have a bookstore here. (GASP ...I know right!!)
Although someday I'd love to change THAT...but that's another post for another, brighter day :)
So come folks.... hit me up with some stellar advice on how to rock this networking thing! I'm all ears...or eyes. or ...yeah. :)