Now that everyone has already been nominated, I’m going to actually answer the Book Blogger Appreciation Week Meme. Wow, am I late on this or what. Although I’d intended to do it last week, I got caught up with other things. In retrospect, I’m kind of glad I waited. I have some things to say to the newer bloggers.
The first meme is for people who joined in BBAW last year. I was a pretty new blogger, and I had recently moved from Australia to Chicago. So I wasn’t very involved, and I kind of observed more than I jumped in.
Here are the questions to the first meme:
1) What was the highlight (something that happened, a post, an activity, etc.) of BBAW for you last year?
I think the highlight was finding new blogs.
2) What is one new blog you discovered during BBAW last year?
I can’t remember which blogs I discovered through BBAW! I “met” a lot of new people, and it overloaded my google reader, which was good at the time.
3) What tips would you share to help others get the most out of their BBAW experience?
I hope no one takes this the wrong way, but I have to say that the biggest thing I felt last year was a sense of being left out. I felt like everyone else knew everyone else, that because I was a very tiny fish in a big sea, I didn’t matter. That was completely not true, and after another year of blogging, I really wish I’d taken BBAW a little less seriously and little more to my advantage.
If you are a little known blog, participate in BBAW as a celebration of the blog you want to be a year from now. I’m not saying be like _[Name a Book Blog]_; I’m saying celebrate yourself, a year from now. Your blog is individual and completely different from any others. Trust me, we do appreciate you: we just haven’t found you yet.
I thought of this a few times in the past few days as I received serveral nominations. So many people have been discussing how flattered they are, I wondered if those blogs that didn’t receive any nominations this year are feeling left out. I certainly hope not. Just keep blogging and see what the next year brings.
To my complete surprise, I received five nominations, and I was delighted and surprised with each of them: Best General Review Blog, Best Literary Fiction Blog, Best Nonfiction Blog, Best Reviews, and Best Writing. With each nomination, I thought of the blogger I personally had nominated for that category. “Really?” I thought when I saw the nomination, “I’m up against _[fill in the blank]_? Which posts could I possibly submit to compare to theirs?!”
I feel completely unqualified, knowing my competition, but I do thank all the readers of Rebecca Reads. It makes me feel that all this blogging is worth it: someone thinks my blog is worthwhile!
I am so excited for Book Bloggers Appreciation Week!