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?
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!