Aug 7, 2009


Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2009

So, over at the Book Blogger Appreciation Week site there's a two part meme, with a set of questions for those who participated in BBAW last year and another for those who are joining for the first time. In the grand tradition of people who have lots of things they should be doing but don't actually feel like doing any, I'm going to answer both parts:

1) What was the highlight of BBAW for you last year?
Being one of the finalists for best fantasy/sci-fi/speculative fiction blog along with some of my favourite bloggers was pretty exciting - I had one of those oh wow I can't believe you actually like me moments. This probably sounds ungrateful, considering you all show me nothing but kindness and support on a daily basis, but a tendency to disbelieve good things is one of my Many Issues. I'm working on it, though, I promise.

Another thing that was incredibly exciting to me was realizing just how many people there were out there who love books enough to blab about them ad infinitum on the internet every day. In the face of so many conversations about the Decline of Literacy, this gives me hope. To be honest, though, I can never quite bring myself to believe that reading is going to disappear. I realize that there aren't as many people interested in books as there are in movies, in music, in video games, in outdoors activities, in sports, you name it. But this has always been the case throughout history, and yet here we are still.

2) What is one new blog you discovered during BBAW last year?
BBAW was how I first met Amy and Lenore. It took me a while to actually start commenting on their blogs, though, because I'm a wimp like that.

3) What tips would you share to help others get the most out of their BBAW experience?
Don't let it overwhelm you. There will be so much going on that it's just not humanly possible to keep up with everything, so don't even try. (Unless, of course, you're a superhero like Amy.) So just try to relax and make the most of it at your own pace.

Now for part two:

1) What has been one of the highlights of blogging for you?
Almost everyone answers this question with "the people I met", and with good reason: connecting with other readers really is the most satisfying thing about blogging. Because I don't want to be repetitive, I thought I'd share a few specific memories:
  • The first time I received real mail from another blogger: It was from Jean Pierre, who got me the 2008 Discworld Diary for the first Christmas Swap. He'd only known me for a few months, but he couldn't have picked a better present!

  • The October 2008 read-a-thon, the first one where I was able to participate full-time. The best part was that I got to spend the day chatting with Dewey, sadly for the last time.

  • That day when I received a box full of books and chocolate that Amy sent me out of nowhere, and a signed Neil Gaiman book from Valentina. Just thinking about it again makes me ridiculously happy.

  • The first time Renay commented on my blog. I bet I've just totally creeped her out, but what can I do, it's true. I'd always loved her blog but I was too scared to comment because, as mentioned above, I'm a wimp.
2) What blogger has helped you out with your blog by answering questions, linking to you, or inspiring you?
The blogger who supported and inspired me the most during my first few months of blogging was the lovely Elaine at Quixotical, who sadly hasn't been posting very often lately. She was my first regular commenter, and knowing there was someone out there reading meant the world to me during those first few months (and still does today, of course). Carl, Chris, Debi, Rhinoa, Robin, Bellezza and Wendy were also among the first to make me feel welcome.

3) What one question do you have about BBAW that someone who participated last year could answer?
Well, I did participate last year, so technically I shouldn't be answering this. I would anyway if I could think of anything to ask, but I can't.

I hope you'll sign up for Book Blogger Appreciation Week if you haven't yet. Just yesterday I was saying how much I wanted to go to a convention one day, and well, BBAW is like an online week-long convention, where we all proudly celebrate our bookish geekiness.


  1. I know what you mean about being a finalist for an award. I had the same feeling. The daily contact with everyone is awesome, but to know enough people voted for you to make you a finalist makes you feel like a prom queen! Or king! :-)


  2. I am pretty sure I discovered your wonderful blog during BBAW last year. I'm excited about this year since last year was so much fun!

  3. That whole overwhelmed thing is huge - you're right about just doing what you can handle. If you try to do it all you won't have as much fun, at least in my opinion. ;)

  4. I'm a little lost about all this BBAW stuff. I filled out the form and registered and stuff, and really haven't done anything since. I'm so bad. I guess I just don't know enough. Like I didn't even realize this was a meme. I'd seen people post it, and I thought they were posting the same text every time, a post about BBAW in general. Silly me...

  5. I never participated last year because I didn't start my blog until November so I never knew it existed. I can see why your blog was a finalist. I love coming to it and reading your thoughts on so many different genres, books, and authors that I've never heard of. Your voice is beautiful and eloquent!!

  6. Since I am new to this blogging world, I am also new to BBAW. However, I am looking forward to this event and I am curious to find out more about it. I can also see why your blog was a finalist. I love your blog; you have such wonderful reviews and you give me great reading recommendations. And I also love how it looks like. It's so pretty!

  7. I am so excited about this event that I can hardly wait! Thanks for the head's up that I should not expect to "do it all".

    Great post :)

  8. Ah! I am so stoked about getting involved with this! Go BBAW!

  9. congrats nymeth!!! richly deserved.

  10. BBAW was where I met you too! YAY!

  11. I actually read your blog before BBAW but I'm not sure I ever commented....;) I'm the wimp!

    Such great answers. You are undoubtedly one of the book blogosphere's shining stars....and you know what? I wanted BBAW to be exactly like that online convention so it warms my heart to hear you say that. ;)

  12. Loved reading your answers and I'm looking forward to being involved this year. I'm pretty much of a wimp when it comes to commenting but working on that. :)

  13. This is all a bit new to me this year. I already feel a little overwhelmed with it. Though I have put my nominations in.

  14. What nice meme answers! I hope it goes as well for you this year (i.e., even more books and chocolate and votes and friends)!!!

  15. What a great post! I always enjoy checking in each day to see what you are doing. I'm afraid the BBAW stuff always hits right at the beginning of my school year, when I'm completely immersed in training a new group of 8 year olds. So I usually don't participate, but I'll enjoy reading what everyone posts about it.

  16. This is a wonderful post. I love how you remember your first email, first comments, etc... thats really cool!

    The box of chocolates story - also really nice! That would make anyones day! :)

  17. No, I mean. Really.


    I think my heart just exploded a little in glee. OUT OF LEFT FIELD. For reals. \o/

  18. All I have to say, Ana, is this: I thank God for sending you my way. Love, love, absolutely love your blog!

  19. Lezlie: lol! We don't have proms over here, but if we did I'm pretty sure I'd have been one of the geeks who skip it :P

    bermudaonion: Then that most have been how I discovered yours too :D

    Heather: I agree! It's hard not to want to do it all, though :P

    Amanda: So far, all there is to do is register, nominate your favourite blogs for awards, and sign up to interview/be interviewed by another blogger. But then the week itself comes, there will be a lot to do!

    Staci: are too sweet!

    Andreaa: Thank you so much! I'm sure you'll have a great time with BBAW and make tons of new friends :)

    Molly: It's hard not to want to, but like Heather was saying it's more fun if we keep it small.

    She: Yes! Go BBAW :D

    JP: That was last year, not now, but I will accept your belated congratulations ;)

    Lenore: :D

    Amy: lol, I guess we're both wimps ;) You did such a great job with BBAW...have I thanked you for everything lately?

    Robin: I've been working on it too, and it's been getting easier with time :)

    Vivienne: It'll be fun, you'll see!

    rhapsodyinbooks: Aww, thank you :D

    Robin: It's too bad you can't participate, but yes, I can imagine how busy those first few weeks of classes must be!

    Sheila: Bloggers are seriously the awesomest :D

    Renay: lol. True story!

    Alice: Aww, and I love yours!

  20. You are way too modest Nymeth. I'm sure a few bloggers feel like wimps when commenting on your blog for the first time. I did :)

  21. I think I would have felt the same way you did about making the finalist list. Who knows, maybe you'll make it again this year and win!

  22. I should have mentioned Twitter and BEA in my meme, but you're right: It was totally amazing to me the first time I won a giveaway, got personal email, and then actually MET bloggers in REAL LIFE at BEA.

  23. I still think it's so funny that you're such a wimp, too. :) I just can't believe how unbelievably intimidated I used to be of YOU! You, who are like the sweetest person on the whole freakin' planet!

    Btw, what you said about Renay, and how she answered, put the hugest smile on my face! You two are just too adorable!!!!

  24. Violet: I'm so glad you did start commenting, though! I don't mention this often because I worry I'll sound like I'm fishing for compliments or like it's false modesty (and I know you didn't say false!), but my self-confidence is pretty much nonexistent :P

    Serena: Thank you for the good wishes! I think Fantasy Book Critic will win again, and deservedly so as they do an amazing job. To be honest I don't think my blog is focused enough to deserve to win :P It was an honour to be nominated, though!

    Beth: I envy you all for hanging out at BEA! I actually should have included meeting Rhinoa from Rhinoa's Ramblings among my highlights - I can't believe I forgot!

    Debi: Well, I'm glad you're not intimidated anymore :D I was telling Chris that I'm going to gather twigs, build a raft, use my sheet as a sail, and make my way across the Atlantic to meet you all. If I catch a good wind I might make it in time ;)

  25. Oh wow, I didn't know about the signing up for interview thing. Man.

  26. "In the grand tradition of people who have lots of things they should be doing but don't actually feel like doing any, I'm going to answer both parts"

    I LOLed for real.

  27. You are too modest, dear Ana! Much too modest....I like how one of the readers put that you are a shining star for the rest of us, because certainly that's true for me. I love your blog, and you know I think you are one of the best bloggers about books out there. I can't believe you're a wimp!! lol

    I haven't been by lately because I haven't been getting to many blogs at all, for much of the summer, and I've been missing everyone. I have to go catch up on what you've been reading lately, now!

  28. Amanda: It's still not too late!

    J.T. Oldfield: Good :D

    Susan: It's not really modesty, it's more...I've-never-been-good-at-this-whole-people-thingsty :P But thank you, Susan. As always, you put a big smile on my face :D

  29. Nymeth, I can't remember when did I first discover your blog but I do know your blog is one of my regular reads and I like reading whatever you post!

    Cheers to our friendship! :)

  30. I hope you and everyone else enjoy BBAW. I haven't signed up as my blogging is still a little erratic with work and random travelling. So glad I helped make you feel welcome early on. I hope we can meet up again some day.

  31. the book blogging community is so wonderful!!! i was blogging for 2 years (life blog) and never had as much support and fun as i have had in 6 months with my book blog.

    i met a ton of great people on my other blog...but it didn't have a niche appeal so people couldn't always find it or appreciate some of the posts. i don't find this with book blogs. we're READERS--so we read a TON of other blogs and comment.



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