Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012, Day 1: Appreciation

It’s that time again! This is the fifth Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) since it started way back in 2008, and I had so much fun doing the daily blogging topics last year that I decided to do them again! Yay!

Today’s topic is about appreciation.

Appreciation! There are no awards this year, but it can still be hard to navigate the huge universe of book blogging. Share with your readers some of the blogs you enjoy reading daily and why.

I always have a hard time with this kind of thing, because a) I hate the feeling of not being on other people’s lists and don’t want to do the same to someone else, and b) after blogging for nearly four years I’ve got a set of blogger friends whose blogs I always read and I always talk about them, and I’ve got myself into a really comfy rut. See last year’s BBAW post, for example. That list? Has not changed for this year.

I haven’t much bothered lately to find new blogs/bloggers to read, which is actually making me feel pretty guilty. I DO try to visit new-to-me bloggers if I see them on Twitter or whatever, but for some reason they haven’t migrated into my daily blog checker routine thingy.

It might have something to do with the fact that humans can only have a certain number of acquaintances before they’re unable to cope or something?1 Or it might be because I’m just lazy and haven’t been reaching out as much as I might have when I was a newer blogger. idk.

Er. What am I trying to say here– I love you all, and I’m sorry I don’t know more of you! So how about this: if we’ve never talked before, or even if you’ve commented here and just want to get to know me better, how about we do a sort of mini info swap thing? Leave an interesting fact about yourself in the comments below, and I’ll come over to your blog and leave an interesting fact about myself. And then maybe we can forge a new friendship! Exciting, eh? Yes.

For my oldie friends: ilu you BESTEST for realz, and I’m sorry I’ve been kind of absent on the commenting front. It’s always an uphill battle, eh? Here’s a little something you can watch to remind yourself I haven’t forgotten you and that I totally want to see you at BEA or whatever if I can actually go like I’m hoping I can.

Tomorrow I’m doing an interview swap with Brittany of The Book Addict’s Guide. Come back then to check it out!

Footnotes

  1. I totally read about that somewhere; am not just making it up although I can’t find the thing I read right now, so. Er.
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15 Comments

  1. A, cut it out! :-) You have a lot of your plate right now: new state, new job, new libraries. . . That’s enough to leave anyone with very little time on the blogging front. I hope you have a good day. Are you getting any of the rain and thunder? We’re as dry as a desert here.

  2. I feel the same way with putting together the lists — it’s fun because I like to show appreciation, but there’s this huge paranoia about leaving someone off or hurting their feelings. Case in point, my post today: Of course you should have been on my list, but of course I also forgot. So, I am sorry for that and I hope you know how much you are appreciated :)

  3. I think your idea for how to approach this topic is great!

  4. Appreciation posts always stress me out, too, since I want to talk about ALL THE PEOPLE and I know that’s impossible. Sigh. WHY DO BLOGGERS HAVE TO BE SO AWESOME? Why can’t I talk about them alllllllll?

    I finally just decided to highlight two people who I’d somehow failed to talk about during previous BBAWs, but now I wish I’d done more. There are so many, many wonderful bloggers I’ve never mentioned in much detail! Like you! And Clare from the Literary Omnivore! And Nicki from Fyrefly’s Book Blog! And, like everyone else!

    It does one’s head in.

  5. Ha! Love your post. I did the same thing… I looked at last year’s list and was like, ‘Well, that hasn’t changed?!’ But I did add a few blogs into my rotation and a couple of old favorites picked up blogging again, so I just mentioned those. There’s something to say for loyalty, though. Again, thanks for the laugh, and hope you enjoy the rest of BBAW!

  6. Dunbar’s Number is the limit of the number of people one can have meaningful social interaction with. Obviously, I’m in love with that concept as my excuse for not being as involved in the blogosphere as I think I should be. I’m so in love with it that I can come up with the name in any generic conversation. So, there’s my random fact!

    I solved the appreciation dilemma by citing one new blog, sidestepping the whole issue!

  7. I know what you’re talking about re:so many friendships. While I would like to be able to read all the book blogs out there, I don’t have the time (or sanity) for it. I’ll just have to be content with the blogs I read right now.

  8. I have to agree. I don’t have any of these “friendships” people talk about on here. I just have a few blogs that I love some of the features on them and so I go back and check them out. I am trying to get a Colorado Book Blogger month together but who knows how that will turn out. By the way… my name is Angie! hahah! I review mainly YA because I run a YA group on goodreads kinda by accident and then bOOM I was forced into the YA world. Which I do like by the way! Well that is my in a nutshell!

    Here is my list!

    Angie

  9. I know what you mean. I went for the excessively long list option this year. And you’re on it, by the way. :)
    I’m trying to think of a fact about me that is at all interesting — I’m 5th generation Californian which is one of the very few reasons that I’m ever sad about living in Seattle!
    Have a great week!

  10. I already commented on your other post, but I’ll be a good sport and post a random fact here too. :) Let’s see…I once had to train a sheep for a college class. I named it after my brother because it was stubborn and never listened to me. Unsurprisingly, I changed my major 2 semesters later.

    • That is an AMAZING random fact! I never got to even meet a sheep in a college class, let alone train one. I didn’t even know you COULD train a sheep.

      See, this is why I need to meet new people. I learn lots of interesting things! :D

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  13. I have difficulty composing lists too. I guess that’s why I shy away from doing these posts. But then tht also leaves me a little guilty. I do truly want to show people the appreciation they deserve. Perhaps I should just try better during the rest of the year: comment more, etc?

    I wanted to tell you that you should never feel guilty about not commenting more than you do. You have a lot going on in your life and everyone understands (or should understand) that. I know it’s difficult to accept that for yourself, I know I struggle with it too, but I think it’s important to remember that we usually are too hard on ourselves. I, for one, find it easy to accept that someone else is busy in her or his life, and completely understand.

    • Thank you, Iris! I think you’re right, we do tend to be too hard on ourselves when our situations change and we can’t do something we’ve gotten used to doing. I’m trying to worry less about how much I’m posting (or not) during the week and mostly it’s worked so far.

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