This past year – especially the latter part, I have felt a difference in the book blogosphere…. blow ups on twitter, and sadly some of the bloggers that I swear are the ones that helped me in the early days, that made me ♥LOVE♥ book blogging have drifted away – posting rarely or not at all… and that… makes me sad. I know lives change, priorities change, but there was a time I could list the blogging gurus of the community – and now… I just don’t know.
At BEA (Book Expo of America) this past year I seen some book bloggers throw fits about not getting a book they wanted, running and grabbing every book they could, and loudly speaking their displeasure if they waited in a line for a book that ran out of stock before they got one. I was ashamed at the fact that they did not realize that they were a part of something bigger… they represented a great whole… and were giving us as Book Bloggers a bad name. Honestly… it reminded me a bit of the snotty selfish girl in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory….
(It made me think that maybe BEA going forward should have a criteria for book bloggers that attend…
- You must be an established book blogger (4+ months) – showing consistency in posts and book reviews…
(just thinking out loud…)
And ok… I kid a bit above so this does not seem like a downer post because really – it’s not a downer post. It’s more about changes and accepting them and knowing that we still are a community of women and men who enjoy reading and talking about books.
So what does this have to do with me and my role as a Book Blogger? I still love book blogging. There are so many wonderful things about this community that I love. I did not know three years ago when I started that I would someday meet many of you. (*waves!*) That is still like a dream to me… and that just made me love it more.
I wish I would have found book blogging years ago so I could have been more a part of the evolution of it all. As it is, I am still glad we had such good years together and hope that the community will build strong once again.
I do try to do my part by helping bloggers who email me with questions, connecting bloggers to one another through the Monday meme, and making it a point to comment when I can…
I don’t think what we have is over. I think it is changing yes, and change can hurt a bit. I want to hang with people who want to talk books… who get excited about new authors, new releases, and the next great read coming around the corner. I will continue to do that as long as I have a passion to do so and for me… that passion still burns strong.
Note: I wrote this post a couple of weeks ago when I noticed another book blogger friend went off the grid. I wasn’t sure I would publish it, it was more just to words to my thoughts. Then I seen a post at My Friend Amy’s that said a bit of what I had been thinking too. She encouraged me to post my thoughts and here they are.