Yesterday’s New York Times had an article about people (especially young people) using Facebook and Twitter more than they’re blogging.
A quote that caught my attention came from Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder of the women’s blog network BlogHer. She said:
“If you’re looking for substantive conversation, you turn to blogs. You aren’t going to find it on Facebook, and you aren’t going to find it in 140 characters on Twitter.”
This makes sense to me. Lerner’s blog is more than a year and a half old at this point, and we tend to use it when we have something substantive to say. But Facebook users can also read our blog posts on our Facebook page. On Twitter, we’re @LernerBooks. A tip for anyone who likes free books: I think following us on Twitter is the best way to find out about our contests and book giveaways.
I joined Twitter late last year (@CarolCHinz), and I find that I tweet about everything from book reviews to interesting articles to surprising grammar and spelling tidbits. (Okay, there is also the occasional tweet about the weather. I’m a Minnesotan—I can’t help it!) What I like best about Twitter is the sense that I’m connected with a larger community of people interested in children’s literature. If you’re new to Twitter, I recommend following the #kidlit and #bfyr hashtags to get a sense of what people are talking about in this community.
I also still read blogs regularly, and in my entirely unscientific opinion, I’d say that book bloggers are probably not all that much on the decline. In one way or another, the world of children’s literature is online and it’s there to stay.