bbaw-vote-button09Book Blogger Appreciation Week is not that far off now (September 14-18, 2009). Have you nominated your favorite blogs? Just today I made my final decisions – whew, I don’t know about the rest of you, but that was way too hard to narrow down. I have over 300 blogs in my Google Reader, and they are there because I love them all.Choosing just a few to nominate was painfully difficult.

Amy has asked us to do a little meme. Here are my answers:

1)  What was the highlight (something that happened, a post, an activity, etc.) of BBAW for you last year?

Well I won’t lie – a huge highlight for me last year was being honored by your votes and getting selected Best Literary Fiction blog. Not only was I completely surprised, but I felt very humbled.

As with a lot of people, another highlight is the connection with other bloggers. When I started my blog in 2005, it was just a personal space. Then I discovered the wonderful world of book bloggers at the end of 2006, and by 2007 I was completely immersed in this fabulous community. People were so friendly and helpful. I knew nothing really about blogging, and whenever I had a question, there was always someone glad to provide an answer. Book Blogger Appreciation Week last year brought the community together to visit new blogs and reconnect with favorites. I know I personally added more than 50 new blogs to my reader after last year’s event!

2)  What is one new blog you discovered during BBAW last year?

Oh my gosh – I can only pick one? Well, I know I discovered Sheri’s blog A Novel Menagarie around that time – and I think it was through this event.

3)  What tips would you share to help others get the most out of their BBAW experience?

Get involved in whatever way you can – whether it is through doing memes, visiting other bloggers, offering giveaways…Although the awards are fun (and you should definitely nominate and vote!), they are not the only things happening. For example, right now you can sign up to interview and be interviewed by another blogger.  I know for myself that the week went by far too fast last year. This year I plan on carving out a little extra time to visit blogs and hope to add some more to my Google Reader!

To see other bloggers’ answers to this meme, visit the BBAW Blog!

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  1. Great answers Wendy, and I agree! The awards are fun but not the only thing! 🙂

    • Sheri on August 10, 2009 at 23:23

    Wendy & Amy, I agree. It’s totally not the only thing! It was my way of meeting so many of you.

    Wendy, I loved your blog from the get-go. But, we fur-lovin’ creatures just tend to gravitate towards one another… right? How is Raven? I’m totally JONES’N for a Raven update! I bet she’s just huge now! She has to be growing into those paws.

    Thanks for sharing with your readers that we met at BBAW! You’re one of my top 10 blogs!


  2. I really love everything about BBAW, but particularly the activities and community building that goes on.

    • Wendy on August 11, 2009 at 06:29

    Amy: Absolutely! Even though I was thrilled to get an award, there is so much in BBAW besides that.

    Sheri: Well, you know, we have a mutual appreciation society between the two of us (anyone who names their blog something with the word “menagerie” in it definitely goes to the top of my list *laughs*). Raven just got spayed last week…she is is not happy about wearing a cone on her head and being restricted from running and jumping…and she is bored out of her mind. 9 more days to go!!! She is 49 pounds now! Yikes! I’ll post some photos soon 🙂

    Serena: I agree – it is a lot of fun to connect with other bloggers, isn’t it?

  3. I agree – it was so hard to narrow down all the many wonderful blogs to make nominations!

  4. Great advice! I’m looking forward to the week.

  5. This sounds so fun. This will be my first and I am already enjoying the community building it is generating. 🙂

  6. I am really looking forward to the BBAW! It sound like a ton of fun.

  7. I”m fairly new to your blog but I could see why you were a winner last year!!! And kudos to you for catching on to blogging so “early” in the game! : )

    Thanks for your tips too.

    • Wendy on August 15, 2009 at 13:15

    Rhapsody: I thought it was even harder this year than last year, there are so many newer blogs that are terrific!

    Amy: Hope you’ll have fun!

    Sheila: It seems like you’ve been around longer! It is great fun – and the community building is the best part.

    Jessica: It is wonderful…I am so happy to see so many new “faces” out there this year!

    Jenners: Thank you, you are very kind!

  8. Cruising the BBAW meme participants. Yeah, I won’t lie either. The awards are fun. But so is the general party atmosphere of the whole event.

    • Wendy on August 25, 2009 at 06:55

    Natasha: I agree – I love the party atmosphere! It really is a fun event in every way 🙂

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