Monday, September 12, 2011

BBAW: The Book Blogging Community

Today’s BBAW theme is Community. The idea is to highlight a couple of bloggers that have made book blogging a unique and meaningful experience. I decided to take a cue from the BBAW description and talk about the first bloggers who commented on my blog and encouraged me to keep at it.
Young men and women dancing in a circle, circa 1950

My first ever comment came from Amy over at I Ponder the Page (what a great blog name!). Amy describes herself as a Christian stay at home mom, Sunday School teacher, wife to a great husband, and of course – a reader. I love that’s she’s always so positive, and willing to read books outside of her usual comfort zone. For example, she identified ten genres of books that she doesn’t normally read, and reading one book from each genre. I am sometimes very stuck in my reading habits, so I applaud her for doing this. The biggest way I get out of my comfort zone is by reading whatever my book club picks. I will read almost anything, but I won’t necessarily pick it up on my own.

My second comment was courtesy of the awesome Eva over at A Striped Armchair. Eva is a real inspiration for my blogging. She’s always managing to read great sounding books, and write terrific reviews. I love how she often includes companion reads when she reviews a book, so you can have even more choices. I wish I were as organized about what I’ve read. Of course, one of my main reasons for starting to blog was so that I can keep better track of what I’ve read, and what I thought of it. Eva also vlogs, which is way too scary for me!

I encourage everyone to check out these great bloggers, or go give a little love to some of your favorites. And leave any suggestions for me to check out in the comments – as you can see, I love my commenters!

Be sure to come back tomorrow, when I will be posting and interview with another book blogger :-)


Trisha said...

I love that picture! I've never read Amy's blog, so I'll be sure to head over and check her out. My list of influential bloggers, if you are interested!

Eva said...

Thanks for the kind words MJ! I'm so happy to know that I was one of your first commenters (and sad I can't comment as frequently now): I love when a new post from you pops up in my reader. :)

Anonymous said...

One of the things I love about BBAW is meeting bloggers I'm unfamiliar with. I agree, Eva is amazing, but I haven't been to I Ponder the Page.

parrish lantern said...

am aware of the striped armchair, but not the other, so thanks for the introduction.

Teresa said...

It is so nice to get to see so many blogs that I've never discovered before. One of the many things that I love about these special weeks.

Allie said...

Eva is amazing, isn't she? In the future, I am really going to work at reading as diversely as she does!

I'm so glad I subscribe to your blog. You have great style in your writing and I love reading your interpretations and insights! said...

Sounds like great blogs. I've never heard of any of them. But that gives me a chance to check them out. Thanks for sharing and introducing them.

Happy BBAW!

Hope to stay connected.

New follower.

MJ said...

Oh goodness - I try to reply to comments right away, but of course I started a new job yesterday - just in time for BBAW!

@Trisha: I loved that picture, too. It represented "community" to me.

@Eva: I appreciate your comments whenever they come. Don't feel bad about not doing more - you have to take care of yourself!

@Carol: There are so many great people blogging, I love it :-)

@parrish lantern: You're welcome!

@Tersea: There are so many blogs to discover. I would have never guessed that before I started blogging.

@Allie: Thanks! That's so sweet!

@Lenasledgeblog: Thanks for stopping by, and following :-)