When I started Book Blogging in June of 2009, I barely had a clue as to what I was doing beyond writing a review, posting it and seeing what happens. As you can probably imagine, nothing much happened.
Thankfully my timing was close to the first ever Bloggiesta which came about the week after I started blogging in ’09. Bloggiesta, I am pretty sure, saved me. Why you ask? Because Bloggiesta gave me my first taste of real book blogging and more importantly the community behind it. If you are not familiar with Bloggiesta, it is a time set aside when bloggers write posts and help teach each other to blog well, there are tips on how to make a better looking blog as well as how to link posts, create meme’s, add pictures, clean up those sidebars… Needless to say I devoured everything that first Bloggiesta had to offer. When Bloggiesta ended, the community did not.
I think Book Bloggers are the most generous and kind people on the blogesphere. I may be bias. Whenever I liked how someone did something on their blog and I emailed them to ask them how to do it, everyone responded kindly and taught me so much along the way. When I look back on those first weeks of dipping a toe into book blogging, I know for a fact I would have never survived if not for the community of book bloggers and their kindness towards a newbie.
Always a fan of community in everything I do, I was super excited when the first Book Blogger Appreciation Week was launched. Any time there was a way for book bloggers to work together to build better blogs, love on Dewey with the read-a-thon, or to celebrate one another you could count me in. And BBAW did not disappoint making an on ramp for book bloggers to recognize what is so great about this community and chat about it…. if you are like me, you love to write about and talk about books. It’s even better when you have a group of like minded people to share those bookish thoughts with.
It is the community that three + years later that keeps me writing about books and bookish things. I love hitting “publish” and later seeing who had what to say about what I wrote. The community had stretched me, made me think more, write better, and smile… a whole lot. Thank you fellow book bloggers for providing myself as well as so many others a virtual book store within the book blogging community.
You… are my people.
Sheila blogs regularly at Book Journey