It's Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2011!
The first topic is:
While the awards are a fun part of BBAW, they can never accurately represent the depth and breadth of diversity in the book blogging community. Today you are encouraged to highlight a couple of bloggers that have made book blogging a unique experience for you. They can be your mentors, a blogger that encouraged you to try a different kind of book, opened your eyes to a new issue, made you laugh when you needed it, or left the first comment you ever got on your blog. Stay positive and give back to the people who make the community work for you!
I really love the blogging community. I have learned so much while blogging. I started my first real blog, New Jersey Memories, in 2009. I decided to review some New Jersey-related books. I started longing for a place to review more books, and that is when I started The Literary Lioness.
It never even occurred to me that I would receive free books from authors within a month of starting this blog! I wasn't thinking about free books at all. I just wanted to write about books and writing (I am also a writer by profession). I had no idea that there were so many book blogs out there. Perhaps if I had known, I would have been too scared to start one. I started participating in memes and blog hops, and read other books blogs that were far superior to my own. I had a lot to learn.
I have only had good experiences in dealing with other book bloggers. I was afraid that they would see me at competition. Other bloggers are great. They have been so kind to me.
If it wasn't for this blog, I would never have gone to BookExpo America and The Book Bloggers Convention in May. Granted, I was totally intimidated and overwhelmed when I was there. My shyness -- a problem I thought I had beaten -- was back in full force. However, I really tried to get to know the other book bloggers when I was there and next year I will know what I am doing!