Monday, September 12, 2011
While the awards are a fun part of BBAW, they can never accurately represent the depth and breadth of diversity in the book blogging community. Today we are encouraged to highlight a couple of bloggers that have made book blogging a unique experience for us. They can be a mentor, a blogger that encouraged us to try a different kind of book, opened our eyes to a new issue, made us laugh when it was needed, or left the first comment on our blog.
I don't think I would still be blogging if it weren't for the comments and support from other bloggers.
Here are some blogs that I try to follow at least weekly:
1. Sue Jackson at her two book blogs: Great Books for Kids and Teens and Book by Book.
Sue is a really good writer. Her blogs are focused on family reading and great books for teens. Once a week she outlines what every member of the family is reading that week. This way I get reading ideas for men, women, and teen boys. I'm confident that Sue and I would be real friends, not just blogging friends, if we didn't live on opposite of the continent. I value her comments and every book I have read (or listened to) that she has recommended, I have liked.
2. Helen at Helen's Book Blog. Helen was a high school teacher (so was I) before moving into the role of high school librarian. I value her reviews as she has a similar point-of-view as me. We both seem to approach our reading with an eye for recommendations for our students. Helen also makes thoughtful and helpful comments on my blog. I really, really like the way that Helen organizes both her blog and her reviews. She always adds a little geography lesson to her posts. I love that.
3. Annette at Annette's Book Spot. Annette is another high school librarian. She writes thoughtful and thorough reviews and I always appreciate her comments. Starting to notice a theme?
These bloggers really helped me get my blog off the "stuck" level back in the beginning:
1. Jessi at The Elliott Review. Jessi was really helpful in explaining how to participate in blogger hops, giveaways, and the importance of making meaningful comments. I haven't heard from Jessi for a while, but I still appreciate the help she gave me back in the beginning.
2. Mrs. DeRaps at DeRaps Reads. I enjoyed the comments and support from Mrs. DeRaps. Unfortunately, this blog hasn't been active since April. Where are you Mrs. DeRaps? The "death" of a blog is sad event but is very common, I'm afraid.
There are so many, many more wonderful blogs that I enjoy following. I am grateful for the book blogging community.