Monday, September 12, 2011

BBAW: Community




Welcome to Book Blogger Appreciation Week everyone! I love this time of year because we get to celebrate each other and I get to meet many new book bloggers I didn't even know before. It's so much fun! This year’s theme is Cultivating a Community of Bloggers and Readers which I think is a perfect theme for this week!

Today we are encouraged to highlight those book bloggers that have made blogging a more warm and friendly place for us. For me, I would like to highlight three special bloggers today that, through this wonderful blogging experience, have become friends.
First up, we have Melissa of the wonderful Gerbera Daisy Diaries. Melissa was one of the first bloggers that I had some real interaction with and since then has grown into a true friendship. When something confusing comes up we can email each other about it. When we notice someone has done something cool with their site we go, 'hey how did you do that?' and it all started with something so simple. We both received the massive and imposing Wolf Hall for Christmas and decided we would do better if we had someone to read it with! Now we like to do a read-a-thon together every year. Since then we have done Lonesome Dove, with the addition of the fabulous Amy from My Friend Amy, and now there are talks of The Thorn Birds! Whatever it is, I am always glad to read with Melissa because we love to chat about books!
Next up is my 'official' blogging buddy Carrie from Care's Online Book Club. If you ever need a blogging buddy, it's seriously as easy as just asking, like on the playground, 'will you be my buddy?' and a friendship is born! We have solved problems like are our  Google Alerts working to is it worth going to BEA. Regardless, having something to bounce these things off of is so helpful and I am so glad to have the fabulous Carrie as my buddy!
Finally, we have Jill from Fizzy Thoughts. California has a huge amount of book bloggers and Jill has welcomed me with open arms to all of the many book blogging events and for that I am so grateful! Believe me it can be intimidating to feel like you are the new girl and not know what you are doing so to just have one person that you have communicated with ahead of time is so wonderful. Now I have met almost all of the wonderful book bloggers that hail from California and would count all of them among my friends but I just wanted to use this as a special shout out to Jill to thank you for welcoming me in!
 So, who is your special someone within the book blogging community? Dish!

15 comments:

  1. I read Jill, Amy, and Care, but I'll have to check out Melissa. Thanks for the suggestion! My list of influential bloggers, if you are interested!

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  2. I'm enjoying reading these posts. I'm seeing some of my favorite bloggers mentioned and adding to the list of blogs to check out!

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  3. I enjoy your blog, I need to check out some of your favs.

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  4. Definitely crucial to have a blogging buddy to bounce ideas off of, chat with and generally make blogging a better experience for all of us!

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  5. I love Carrie and Jill and enjoy their blogs. I haven't seen Amy's blog in awhile and I am not familiar at all with Melissa's blog so I will have to check those out.

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  6. Great picks! And as a fellow California book blogger, I also have to thank Jill for bringing you into the fold :-).

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  7. Great list of bloggers! I hate to single people out, but my blogging buddy is Booking Mama.

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  8. my friend amy's the only one I know. so thanks for the intro.

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  9. Sounds like great blogs. I've never heard of any of them. But that gives me a chance to check them out. Thanks for sharing and introducing them.

    Happy BBAW!

    Hope to stay connected.

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  10. Jill is hilarious! I need to look into this blogging buddies thing...it seems to be an excellent idea. I hope you're having a great BBAW!

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  11. Hi, I am stopping by to visit your blog via the list of posts for Day one

    Please Stop by My Blog if you Like

    The blogs you mentioned are mostly new to me-I will enjoy checking them out

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  12. I love these posts! I've been discovering new blogs, but also re-discovering some that I lost track of, and I'm wondering how on earth I managed to go so long without reading them.

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  13. I love the bloggers you've mentioned, but I have yet to discover Melissa! I'm off to do that now!

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  14. Thank you for the thank you. :-D I'm so glad you're part of the California gang!

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