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Monday, September 12, 2011

Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Community Spirit


Book Blogger Appreciation Week begins today, a week-long celebration of everyone who blogs about books. This year's theme is Cultivating a Community of Bloggers and Readers, and each day there is a different topic to discuss. Today we are focusing on the members that make up this great community.

I never really know what to say exactly for these kinds of posts since I love the wide variety of blogs out there, and all the wonderful people who work so hard on them. Book bloggers are some of the nicest people you'll find online and each and every one of you is a valued member of this community. Whether you blog about classics, or literature in translation, or non-fiction, or poetry, or YA, or audio books, or kidlit, or... you get the idea. Whether you blog every day, or once a month. Whether you're just starting out, or have been around for a while (cough). The thing that draws us all together is our shared love of books.

My world has definitely widened since I started blogging and it's all thanks to you. You've introduced me to books I probably would never have heard about otherwise. You've made me see things in a different way. You've taken me to places and worlds I've never been. You've made me laugh. You've made me cry. You've inspired me to become a better blogger (whatever that is!). You've encouraged me to keep going when I've doubted myself. You've always welcomed me back, even when I've disappeared for a while. Does it get any better than that?

In Memory of Dewey
It's hard to try and select just a few favourite blogs to highlight when really, I just love you all (excuse the gushiness!) but I am going to single out just one special blogger though because she, more than anyone, I think deserves to be mentioned in a post about community. I'm of course talking about Dewey. While I didn't actually know her that well personally, she is like the original leader of the book blogger community. She did so much to bring bloggers together, and she created so many wonderful events, many of which, like the 24 Hour Read-a-thon are still going strong today. Her Weekly Geeks, which recently ended after a long, successful run, was a huge inspiration for my own Hello Japan! mini-challenge, and she continues to inspire to this day. For her, community was everything. Sadly she is no longer with us, and many newer bloggers never had the chance to meet her, and probably have no idea who I'm talking about. But those of us who did know her, even a little, will never forget her. I think the community that exists now is thanks in part to her early vision, and I'm sure she'd be thrilled to see how much it has grown over the years.
Thank you, Dewey.

Thank you also to Amy for bringing the book blogging community together with Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Thank you to everyone helping out behind the scenes to bring us BBAW. And thanks again to ALL of you for continuing to share your love of books with us, and for being a part of this wonderful community!




19 comments:

  1. Great post! And I'm so glad to know you through this community! :)

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  2. I love that you mentioned Dewey. Great post!

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  3. What a great tribute to Dewey. I agree, although I too didn't know her well, she did bring the book blogging community together!

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  4. I love this post, Nat. I really miss Dewey. I still remember first meeting you through her Blogroll Game. Thank you so much for writing this.

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  5. Your post made me tear up a little. I always feel I would have loved being around in the blogging world when Dewey was here. I hope you have a wonderful BBAW and I hope you know we appreciate you too :)

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  6. I did't know Dewey, but I love doing her read-a-thons. What a great way to be remembered.

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  7. I wish I would have had a chance to meet Dewey but I sure have heard a lot about her from even the earliest of my blogging.

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  8. I totally agree about Dewey. I miss her..

    I had a hard time choosing. But I opted for totally unheard of blogs. Isn't that the intention of community? To spread far and wide!!

    Here is my post:

    BBAW 2011: Community

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  9. Great post! I am very happy to have you in the blogging community. :)

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  10. What a thoughtful post, Nat! I did name names in my post and I included you for exactly what you said above -- "You've introduced me to books I probably would never have heard about otherwise. You've made me see things in a different way. You've taken me to places and worlds I've never been."

    Thank you!

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  11. Great post - love your blog and thanks for doing what you do :)

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  12. Love this post, and I think you made excellent choices in your shout-outs! Many of us might not have made and maintained long-term connections if not for Dewey. And Amy still manages to bring this increasingly far-flung, wide-ranging community together for a few days every year, which is definitely something to appreciate.

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  13. I never knew Dewey but am aware of the Readathon, so her legacy is strong. Great Post.

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  14. Both Dewey and Amy have done so much to bring the book blogging community together.

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  15. Dewey probably never thought of herself as a leader which is what makes her great. I really loved this post, but was sad to be reminded that weekly geeks has ended. I'm glad that readathon is still around.

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  16. Dewey was before my time, but I hear her spoken of with such fondness and admiration by the bloggers who knew her that I know she must have been an amazing and special person. I think she is a great person to have highlighted here, from what I I have heard about the things she did for the book blogging community.

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  17. Oh Nat, thank you so much for writing this post :) Just made me smile so much...and I still miss Dewey so much...

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  18. Nat, what a lovely post. I recently resumed book blogging after a long gap, back to visiting old favourite book blogs and was delighted to see this post. Have heard about the read-a-thons, wish I had been able to meet Dewey.

    PS: I am running a small book giveaway on my blog this week for the BAFAB. You are very welcome to check it out.

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