Monday, September 12, 2011
[Book Blogger Appreciation Week or BBAW is the brainchild of My Friend Amy. This year marks the fourth year of the event and it continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This week is all about showering book bloggers with appreciation--it's a blogging event I always look forward to each year.]
Today's topic is Community: "you are encouraged to highlight a couple of bloggers that have made book blogging a unique experience for you."
After blogging for four years, it's natural to develop relationships with others and I've been doubly lucky to have met some wonderful wonderful people over the years. I've highlighted bloggers over past BBAWs and these all of those people are still so dear to my heart. Today I'd like to recognize three bloggers I haven't mentioned before.
First I'd like to make special mention of the one who introduced me to the world of book blogging. Wendy of Caribousmom is a huge influence in the community. Her blog is adored and highly recognized for the caliber of her reviews, and she has continued to build the community through her work with A Novel Challenge and Weekly Geeks. In the summer of 2007 I joined several Yahoo Book Clubs and noticed that Wendy was linking to her blog each month. The rest...well...here I am! A very special thank you to Wendy for opening up this world.
Jill from Fizzy Thoughts is one of those bloggers that I always wanted to get to know better but was a bit intimidated by her. It wasn't until the 100 Mile Fitness Challenge that I finally got to know her more and since then it's been one painful readalong after the next. ;) Jill's posts always make me smile and she's a wonderful advocate for the blogging community--constantly bringing cheer.
Unfinished Person has been blogging for quite a while and we both followed one another at our old blogs. During last year's BBAW we reconnected with one another and he's been a strong champion for blogging how you want to blog with little pressure. Like me he doesn't define himself as an exclusive book blogger and his posts provide an entertaining perspective on everything with a big bite of snark.
While I love highlighting those who have touched my own blogging at one time or another, I'm always reminded of how many people there are who I truly admire and how it is hard to give proper mention to everyone. I've written several times how lucky I feel for having such a wonderful and loving following here at Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity. I can't express adequately how much I appreciate the continual comments and emails and support and encouragement.
I can't recognize everyone and I know I'll accidentally leave a name off the list, but I wanted to give a special thank you to the below for your thoughtful comments and your own wonderful blogs. If you're looking to join a great community of book bloggers, below certainly a welcoming bunch.
* Melody's Reading Corner * Amanda's Ramblings * Vivienne of Serendipity * CJ of My Years of Reading Seriously * Musings of a Bookish Kitty * Trisha of eclectic/eccentric * Erin Reads * Joanna of It's All About Me * Kristi Loves Books *JoAnn Lake Side Musing * Lisa of Lit and Life * Sam's Book Blog * Chris of Stuff As Dreams are Made * Lisa of Books.Lists.Life * Paxton of Cavalcade of Awesome * Leeswammes' Blog *BermudaOnion's Weblog * Iliana of bookgirl's nightstand * Jenny Loves to Read * Christina of Reading Thru the Night * Jill of Rhapsody in Books * Care's Online Book Club * Kay of Random Acts of Reading * Jenn of Picky Girl * Ready When You Are, CB * Reviews by Lola * Lu of Regular Rumination * Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness * Stacy's Books * Kailana of The Written World *
Thank you. Thank you for making this community such a special one to me.
Please please know that as I embark in my new journey of motherhood which has slowed down my blogging considerably that I appreciate you all so much. I'm slow to respond to comments here--a lot of times I'm not able to respond at all. I'm slow to comment on your blogs. And I recognize that I've been bad about visiting newer visitors. If you've known me for a while you realize that this is hard for me as this community is so important to me. Especially as you've continued to welcome me even when I've become less of a book blogger.
From the bottom of my heart--I am so appreciative.