Monday, September 12, 2011

My Blogging Community

It is that time of year again for Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) and I am so excited to be participating once again.  I have had the opportunity to participate the last couple of BBAWs and it never ceases to amaze me at the bonding of this community, particularly during this week.  Granted, there are a number of other events that will bring us together, but this is the time that we can also recognize our accomplishments, whether via the BBAW awards or simply via our own personal posts throughout the week.

Each day this week, there will be a daily topic that we can share our own thoughts about.  Today's topic is COMMUNITY and nothing states community like those that include book bloggers.  We all come from different backgrounds.  We live around the world.  We read different books, but commiserate about our favorites just the same.  We oftentimes discover that we are not alone in our passion for books as we so often have felt the majority of our lives.  We may not be able to meet each other, but we still call ourselves friends.

Over the four years that I have been blogging, I have come to call many my friends.  I have grown and become a better person because of them.  I have been encouraged and supported.  And, someday I hope to thank them all in real life!  Here are just a few that I want to share a few words about today . . .

Ms. Blank . . . She no longer has a blog, but I know that she is still lurking out there!  She was one of my early connections to the community, recommending the perfect books for me, and supporting me along my endeavors as her's changed along the way.  

We Be Reading . . . Kristen has opened my eyes to so many different books and authors and has forever expanded my world!  I appreciate her more than words can say and I can only secretly hope that my next big move will be closer to her neck of the woods!

Addicted to Books . . . Tracy is one of my "newer" friends in the community, but I our conversations are already so memorable!  I look forward to her comments, and not-so-secretly admire her will power when it comes to book buying!  She serves as the example I wish to achieve someday!

There's A Book . . . A couple of years ago, I was introduced to Danielle via Share a Story, Shape a Future.  Since then, our friendship has blossomed and her emails, tweets, and comments bring a smile to my face every time.  Then again, it could also be the long hours "together" on Armchair BEA!!

Since I mentioned Armchair BEA, I also want to give a quick shout out to my other original brains behind the big event:  Michelle at That's What She Read, Florinda at The 3 R's Blog, and Emily at Emily's Reading Room.  I have had a blast working with these ladies the last couple of years and look forward to more great years to come!

This is only a handful of fellow bloggers that I believe contribute a great deal to our community.  I really could go on and on, but I will leave it at that for now.  Click on over, follow them, and continue to spread the bookish love!  That's what this week is all about, afterall!


  1. Hi, I am stopping by from the Philippines to visit your blog via the list of posts for Day one and say hello

    Please Stop by My Blog if you Like

  2. Aw, thanks Tif! I would love to be able to hang out and talk books in real life! One day ...

    Congratulations on the Armchair BEA award win too! It is well deserved. The event was absolutely amazing.

  3. Thank you so so much Tif! I'm really so incredibly happy we met during Share a Story Shape a Future because it's been nothing but fantastic ever since then. You've been such a good friend to me, not just with books & blogging, but life and I appreciate that so much! Thank you again! I'll always be grateful for book blogging because of the friends I've made, including and especially you. Thank you!

  4. Thank you so much, Tif! I've only been blogging here for 18 months, but you, Kristen and many others have made me feel so welcome, and there is such a diversity of blogs to read. You're all wonderful!

  5. another great selection of blogs, most of which I'm was unaware of, thanks for the intro.

  6. Thank you so much, Tif! Armchair BEA is so successful because of the time Danielle and you have put into it over the years. I bow down to your excellence. I am so glad we have had the chance to work together on it, and I really look forward to working with you again in the future!

  7. Great list!! And since I happen to know that your event was a winner, I'll go ahead and wish you congrats now!!!

  8. mel u ... Thanks for stopping by! I just commented over in your neck of the woods!

    Kristen M. ... I look forward to that one day! And, thank you for the congrats! That completely made my week!

    The1stdaughter ... You are so welcome! Your comment alone is reinforcement that we are friends! Can't wait to see what the years to come will bring! :)

    Tracy ... You are so welcome! I've loved meeting you and truly look forward to reading your comments!

    parrish lantern ... I hope you have the chance to explore them! I highly recommend them!

    Michelle ... Thank you soooo much! Armchair BEA is definitely a lot of work, but we couldn't have done it without the great team behind it. This award makes me even more excited for us this next year!

    Jenners ... Thank you!! :)


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