The book blogging community is a fabulous group of individuals. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this community, to be respected in this community, and most of all to have friends in this community. Every time I talk to a book blogger I feel a sense of kinship even if we live in different parts of the world or read different types of books. Every time I visit a book blog I learn something- sometimes I learn of a new book I want to read (okay this happens all the time), sometimes I learn a new writing or reviewing style that I like and admire, and sometimes I learn more about the blogger (which I always like).
There are so many great book blogs out there that it is so difficult for me not to want to visit all of them daily. Of course that is impossible. I don't even visit my favorites daily, let's just be real. But there are specific reasons I like each blog that I visit- something that makes them unique and stand apart. Sometimes I find so many books I want to read that even the tbr LIST is sagging. Sometimes I like the blogger and feel a connection to them personally. Sometimes I like their writing style or the layout on their blog coupled with interesting posts holds my attention and makes me come back for more. Sometimes it is all of the above!
At the same time I am writing this, I am thinking how I like discovering new-to-me blogs, too. I like the anticipation of coming upon a blog that could very well become a new favorite. Sometimes I will peruse a blogroll to discover new blogs. Most of the time I subscribe to them in Twitter as a trial run and look over their blog later. I read guest posts from other bloggers and I pay attention when a favorite blogger mentions s/he found great books at this person's blog or that person's review on Goodreads, or whatever the case may be.
I love the book blogging community. It is one reason I have the feature 20 Questions each week- to introduce bloggers to others and to get to know them and their reading habits and quirks a little better. I love it when I discover a reader has found another blogger that fits right in with their reading tastes.
Just as there are so many books, so little time, there are also so many book blogs, so little time. Would you agree with that statement?
One way you can support the book blogging community as well as your favorite blogs and discover new blogs is through Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) which is coming up in September. It is just one way to recognize great work in our field of book blogging. If you haven't registered to participate or to vote, I recommend doing so.
I wish there was a way to recognize every single book blog out there and I am working (along with Tif and Tasha B.) to make a site dedicated solely to the appreciation of the book blogging community. It is my hope that this will be a place where you can come and find those other bloggers who you can naturally gravitate towards and find new friends and kindred spirits.
Here is to book bloggers everywhere, you rock!