If you weren’t aware of it yet, Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) is coming up soon (September 14-18), and I’ll tell you one book blogger who feels totally appreciated right now … me!! I was notified this week that I was nominated for four BBAW awards — Most Chatty, Best New Blog, Best General Review Blog and Best Challenge Host. I was totally speechless when I got the notifications and felt so honored. I know that you guys took the time to nominate me, and I cannot even tell you how much it means to have been nominated. Even if I don’t win, I feel like I’ve won already! (Do I totally sound like an actress at the Oscars or what?) But I do sincerely mean it. Of course, it would be a total kick to get on the shortlist for a category and possibly even win, but I know the competition is fierce so I’m happy even if I don’t get to “formally” compete. So thank you so much, my lovely readers! You made me so happy and honored.
In addition, I was thrilled to be invited to participate on one of the BBAW award panels. This will involve reading 5 posts for each nominated blogger in a category. I should get the information next week and have until September 4th to complete my scoresheets. And since I’ll be on vacation for the beginning part of the week, I imagine that I might have my hands full with reading the nominated blog posts so I might be a bit scarce until this task is done. Just a heads up if I seem like I’ve disappeared!
Finally, I’ve been meaning to complete the BBAW meme that has been going around. There is a version for people who participated last year and people who didn’t participate. Since this is my first year participating in BBAW, that is the one I did. So no more blabbing (was this why I was nominated for “Most Chatty???), on with the meme!
1. What has been one of the highlights of blogging for you?
When I started this blog back in November 2008, I had no idea how rewarding and exciting book blogging was going to be. So cue up Barbra Streisand’s Memories and I’ll tell you some of my highlights from the past year:
- Receiving my very first review copy of a book. (I felt like I’d “pulled one over” on somebody somewhere. Sometimes I still feel that way.)
- Getting my very first Advanced Reading Copy (ARC). (I remember showing it to my husband and feeling so very special to have a book that hadn’t been released yet!)
- Interviewing my very first author. (I was terrified — even though it was via e-mail.)
- Getting my very first comment from someone I didn’t know.
- Getting a comment on a book review I wrote — from the author themselves!
- Hearing from people that read a book because I recommended it and saying how much they liked it.
- Having two people purchase a Kindle based on my review of it. (Seriously. I was floored!)
- Hosting my very first reading challenge and having way more people sign up for it than I anticipated.
- Being nominated for these BBAW awards.
But most of all, having fellow readers to talk with, learn from and share book recommendations with has been so rewarding and fun. I never knew it would be so interactive when I started blogging, and the quality of the books I’ve been reading has improved tremendously. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m married to a non-reader so having fellow readers to talk with has been a godsend. I wish I had more time to blog than I do as it is so fun!
2. What blogger has helped you out with your blog by answering questions, linking to you, or inspiring you?
There are so many bloggers who have helped me out since I started blogging. Here are just a few, and if I didn’t mention you, it was because I’m a bit tired when writing this and I probably just spaced it out.
- Alyce at At Home With Books was so welcoming to me when I started blogging and provided such great information like how to get ARCs, giving me advice on how to write a review for a book I didn’t really love, and so much more.
- Dawn at She Is Too Fond of Books was also one of the first bloggers to support me and help me out (including advice on writing negative reviews). Plus I owe her big-time for inviting me to participate in the Game On Diet challenge.
- Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit was another early supporter — both of this blog and my personal blog. She was especially wonderful about helping me promote my first author interview when I was panicked about no one reading it!
- The girls at Padfoot and Prongs inspired some of what I consider to be my best posts — the ones I did for their totally fun scavenger hunt. It was this scavenger hunt that inspired me to create my own Take A Chance Challenge.
- Bermudaonion at Bermudaonion’s Weblog is seemingly able to comment on every post I write — and seems to do so on every blog I read! Plus she is always adding to my TBR list with the wide variety of books she reviews on her own blog.
- Beth at Beth Fish Reads is another amazing commenter and has provided me with lots of support — both on Twitter, the Game On Diet and learning how to make those little buttons at the top of my blog.
- Caite at …a lovely shore breeze inspires me with her “grumpy wit” and her writing style. I just love reading what she has to say — even if I’m not interested in the actual topic (like her obsessive love of LibaryThing — wink, wink). She helped me to realize you can write about books but still have some personality in your posts.
- J. Kaye at J. Kaye’s Book Blog was the first blog I found that had reading challenges and so I credit her with introducing me to the wonderful wacky world of reading challenges.
3. What one question do you have about BBAW that someone who participated last year could answer?
If you have limited blogging time like I do, what events would focus on during the week?