BBAW Meme + Thanks for the Nominations

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?

Don’t stress!

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!

About the author 

Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. Your blog is definitely worthwhile. It’s one of my favorites. With a couple of my favorite blogs, yours included, I had a hard time trying to figure out which nominations to limit you to! I made a decision on the form to only nominate each blog one time, and that was really hard sometimes. I actually can’t remember what I nominated each blog for…I wish I’d kept a copy. I’ll know that for next year.

  2. I love your advice about not stressing and not taking things too seriously. I too hope nobody is feeling left out or unloved. But I think that when BBAW proper is here, even the newer bloggers who might be feeling lonely will feel the love. Congratulations on your nominations!

  3. You advice to new bloggers is just as wonderful for the ‘old timers’ like me to remember! You are so right – it’s a celebration of the community and a chance to meet some really great unknown-to-you blogs. The spirit of it is to embrace and reach out. It’s all fun and Amy is one awesome big-hearted lady to start it all and run with it. She is to be commended. Congrats on your nominations – you are truly one of the impressive blogs and I appreciate you.

  4. We do forget what it was like to be brand new in this huge community. That is some great advice! And congratulations on you nominations!!

    Lezlie

  5. Amanda, yours too! I also tried to limit blog recs to one per blog. Which made it very hard. And I also wish I’d written it down. I think I submitted nominations the first day, and I should have pondered for a week!

    Nymeth, I’m looking forward to being involved as I hadn’t been last week!
    Lezlie, Kathy, and Shelley, thanks!

  6. Perfect advice! Well said. This year’s BBAW is so much bigger than last year, so I’m already overwhelmed. But I’ll have to step back and just take it all in stride.

  7. Congratulations on these well-deserved nominations…and Good Luck!

    Your advice to anyone feeling left out is perfect. Last year I was a guppy in the ocean. This year, I’m happy to be celebrating where I am now.

  8. Natasha, yes, it’s much bigger! And that is rather exciting, even while being overwhelming. What will do I do when the week in Sept comes?!?

    Cathy, thanks! It’s okay to be a guppy too! Sometimes I kind of wish I didn’t spend so much time blogging now a days! But I love it so I’m not stopping anytime soon….

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