Book Blogger Appreciation Week is coming up soon and I was only vaguely aware of it last year. This year I thought I would get involved even though I am a bloggin' newbie. Good thing they have a meme for it:
1) What has been one of the highlights of blogging for you?
The community, absolutely. Reading can be such an interior pasttime that it is great to share a bit of it with others who get it! I am grateful for the 10 people who follow my blog already (I'm in my second week of blogging), which seems like a big number for me. So many people have left comments for me and I appreciate all of them and respond to all of them!
I also love how focused blogging makes your reading experience. When I consider, pick up, or finish a book the first thing I think is to go to my blog and gab about it. I love reading reviews from average people, not just publishers; it's nice to know what people are ACTUALLY reading and what they think of it. I refer to goodreads.com all the time for book recommendations and links to book blogs.
2) What blogger has helped you out with your blog by answering questions, linking to you, or inspiring you?
New to blogging, I lurked at Bookshelves of Doom (see all blog links on sidebar) and The Story Siren for almost two years before starting my own. I found both blogs to have many funny, enlightening and fair reviews and looked forward to checking new entries everyday. Since I've started blogging, Alyce from At Home With Books has given me some really helpful information about how to set up my blog's comment moderation, which I couldn't quite get a handle of. She took time out to send me a link and to give me that information. Kiirstin from A Book A Week also opened me up to the book blogging community, as I followed her followers links and any blog she mentioned in her posts to see who was out there. But everyone in my blog link list have been very cool so far! Either leaving great little comments, which I really look forward to, or links to helpful information.
I look forward to following this year's BBAW!