BBAW: On Community
Phew, I made it out of the hospital and am back just in time for BBAW! Every day of the event, there is a blogging topic to write about, much of it focused on community and the way well all blog and connect. Below is the question for yesterday (Oh, I know, I’m a day late on this but I have no interview going up, today (that’s the topic for Day 2) so I’m not quite behind the ball, yet!) and my answer which made me a little teary.
Monday September 12th:
While the awards are a fun part of BBAW, they can never accurately represent the depth and breadth of diversity in the book blogging community. Today you are encouraged to highlight a couple of bloggers that have made book blogging a unique experience for you. They can be your mentors, a blogger that encouraged you to try a different kind of book, opened your eyes to a new issue, made you laugh when you needed it, or left the first comment you ever got on your blog. Stay positive and give back to the people who make the community work for you!
Sometimes in the blogging community, I still feel like the little sister or the pep squad, as opposed to one of thee key players. In my “real”, non-blogging life, I’ve always taken on a leadership role, being part of the governing crowd at school, church, sports and, now, at work. While I have no real ambition to be in a position of power or control, it’s more a sense of inserting myself smack dab into the messy middle of things that I seem to enjoy more than anything else. As a hopeless, tireless extrovert and people lover, I have an incredible knack for getting myself into the thick of things and pretty much staying there.
I think that because of my energy expended in so many other places, I’ve taken book blogging into a funny little place, for me. It (my blog) is “social” in that it’s out there for folks to read and I have my blogger buddies I love (more on that in a minute) but I tend to have less of an “in crowd” obsession. That is, I have less of an obsession for myself. I certainly follow the “cool kids” or at least the ones I’ve managed to latch on to as my folks to follow. I think I side with a few of my favorites, on this when I say I blog to blog and I’m here just to watch and enjoy. I think that this is possible because the community is so strong and diverse. I’m able to find my little bench and just bask in the glow of the bloggers I choose to follow and interact with.
I don’t have one favorite blogger but I do have several that I go to for pick-me ups in a few different categories.
I can always rely on seriously well-written reviews from Matt (at A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook), Heather (at Raging Bibliomania) and Eva (at A Striped Armchair) on books that are classics, edgy, surrealist, and you know, just plain good. I think that this is the collection of bloggers I always find myself being drawn back in by. They are more likely to pick up the books others aren’t reading or read the more “literary” stuff and that’s, for me, sometimes rare in the flashy, splashy, newly published stuff on other blogs.
I unabashedly know that Lenore (at Presenting Lenore), Pam (at Bookalicious) and the ladies at Stacked are my top picks when I need, need, need my YA fix. I also have to give a huge shout-out to one of the contributors at Stacked, Jen, who is a highschool friend. Though we were a grade apart and now live almost a country apart, we’ve managed to reconnect, largely though book blogging. If I have to give you an absolute, hands down favorite part of my last few years in this community, it’s been reconnecting with Jen. And now, yes, thanks to silly pregnancy hormones, I’m all weepy.
So, my feed reader is incredibly long and there are so many people who I need to give shout outs to for constant comments and great blogging in general. these are my tops, though, for sure, at least for right now. I’m hoping to get around to sending love to everyone, this week as well as getting to know knew bloggers who may end up on my personal list next year. Congrats to all who were nominated and to all of those I follow and love, please keep up the great work!