Have you met my dear friend Miss Remmers Reviews? She is a teacher, a hockey coach, a book blogger, and a fun to hang with gal. She was also my at BEA the last two years ans to prove it… here we are:of
Anyhoo…. Reagan is hosting a Book and I love the idea! She is planning a whole week of appreciation posts and I want to participate where I can. Today, (actually yesterday) we were asked to share out book blogger history and how we feel about comments. Appreciation Week
I startedin early 2009, but did not let my blog go public until June 2009. At the time, I did not even know what book blogging was, I was just writing reviews for my own records and pretty much using wordpress as an journal.
My first comment came on June 9, 2009…. the day I refer to as my blogiversary date as that is when book blogging came alive for me. I even remember where that first comment came from, it was Bookin’ With Bingo and it scared me. 😯 I had received an email notification that someone had commented on one of my review posts. Wha? 😯 I checked it out and there was this stranger telling me they liked my thoughts on the book. Wha? 😯 I cautiously clicked their link afraid I was going to be whooshed to some dirty site that would eat my computers brain….. but no… what did I find…..
(cue the music)
Yup… a whole new world. I was shocked. There was someone out there like me! Someone else that talked books! Two of us! Together we could conquer the book world!!! (I truly had no idea ….)
And so it began… from that book site, I found others, and found publishers and authors, and people willing to send you a book to review (WHAT????)
Now fast forward to current time… 2 3/4 years in. Yes, the books are awesome – but I buy my own books all the time as well as use my library to read books I wish too, but really… the heart of book blogging for me – is sharing my thoughts with you and hearing your thoughts on what I say. Yes, I am talking comments. I LOVE to sit down with a cup of coffee and my laptop and carry on conversations with you through my posts. And by doing this, I get to know my frequent commenters, and I love that!
I like knowing that Kathy and her hubby like to go visit their son Vance, and that in the 1990’s they lived in (and no, that wasn’t suppose to rhyme….. 😉 )
Esme constantly makes me jealous with her worldy travels and fantastic food experiences. She still teases me that I used to visit her blog in 2009 and tell her that I could not stop at her blog any more because I always left hungry! Who knew in 2010 I would be sharing a room with her in for BEA?
Laurel would be a book blogger I would introduce myself to on a book site (how sad I can not recall the name) in June 2009 and then all this time later she is still one of my top commenters!
Care not only would become another roommate at BEA 2010 (we really had the rotating roommates that year LOL) but she would go on to remember my birthday every year AND send me a birthday card in the mail!
Alison has very similar book tastes to mine and when I read a review on her site, I know I will probably like the book as well. We have run into each other the last two years at BEA and went to the same author events. I look forward to seeing her again this year and hanging out!
Kim would turn me to more than I ever was and I would never look back. She also was not only a BEA roommate of 2010, but got together with me and a handful of other bloggers for a Twin Cities book event in the fall of 2010.
Ryan is this amazing single dad who loves his son, and loves to talk books, favorite characters, and movies.
Lori and I email back and forth about books and occasionally life.
Reagan of course would not only be my roommate twice for BEA but also my roommate at the Twin Cities Book event and calls me to talk books and blogging and life!
(and of course there are so many more I could go on and on….)
My point of saying this is that to me, there is a person behind the comment and I love that! I love being able to welcome someone back from a vacation, or telling them to get well soon because I know they are sick. And I know each of these people because they commented and I did back and by reading each others posts, you learn a little something. 😀
Someone once said that comments are the bread and butter of a book blogger and I would tend to agree with that. I love to unwind from my day with all of you.
My goal is 2012 is to get back into a rhythm of commenting. I used to be a great commenter, and commented on every comment and visited their blog if they had one as well and commented their. Well of course life happens, but I do still get around as I can and try to stop in and say hi (bug me if I havent done that lately…. 😀 )
To wrap up this LONG post I want to do a giveaway today in honor of Reagan’s BBRAW. Leave a comment (yup that’s it!) here today sharing with me your thoughts on comments and I will enter you into a drawing for a $10 gift card to Amazon. Winner drawn using random.org on Friday the 17th.
Oh! And its not too late to sign up for BBRAW! Go here!