Thursday, May 26, 2011
Today’s suggested topic for Armchair BEA is about nurturing and maintaining book blogging relationships. This was a tough topic for me to come up with something to talk about since I took a hiatus from blogging and am just getting back into the swing of things. What I do know, is that I love socializing with other book bloggers/book enthusiasts/authors/publishers/etc. on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs.
One blogger I absolutely adore talking with is Rachel from Fiktshun. She comes up with the best ideas for new and innovative posts. I can’t believe that she has only been blogging for 6 months! Fiktshun has the feel of being around for a much longer time period than that. I love how she replies to every comment on her blog and encourages conversations with her readers. To me, it’s those kinds of things that put her blog on another level. The kind of person she is and the type of blog she has is something I aspire to be/have.
I’ve only met a handful of authors in real life. I met Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, and Charlaine Harris at ComicCon in San Diego in 2009. Kami and Margaret signed an ARC of Beautiful Creatures for me. They even stamped the book with a Gatlin County Library stamp. I was completely in shock that I was meeting two authors and they were handing me an advanced copy of their book. I feel as if when I was walking through the line, I just stared at them with my mouth agape. When I got home, I promptly emailed them to tell them how thankful I was for their kindness and to apologize if I seemed rude (like they would remember me--the line was fairly long, but I still felt horrible). To my delight, Kami emailed me back and was so kind. I’ll never forget it! I posted my review of Beautiful Creatures originally on the website for my internship. It was one of the first book reviews I ever wrote. I still get a thrill anytime Kami or Margaret tweets back to me. I totally credit them for getting me involved in the book blogging world. If it wasn’t for ComicCon and that ARC of Beautiful Creatures, I’m not so sure I would have ever considered book blogging.
What Rachel from Fiktshun and Kami and Margaret have in common, is the interaction with their readers. If we all remember that social networking is just that--social--I think we can all enjoy each others company.
This is my thank you to Rachel, Kami, and Margaret for being the types of people that I can only hope to be. You all rock something serious!