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Friday, September 19, 2008

BBAW: Free Day, and About Blogging

Our last day of BBAW is a Free Day according to Amy, and that's good for me. This week has been CRAZY! Luckily I'm heading out to the beach for a long weekend in just a few hours. The weather is supposed to be perfect (high 70's, no clouds) so I'm looking forward to a lovely, relaxing weekend. No internet though. Ugh. But I'm sure I'll live! Not so sure how I'll catch up on all the posts that go up while I'm gone though ...

I don't usually do memes but APOOO tagged me for one that fits very well with the last day of BBAW.

Write about 5 specific ways blogging has affected you, either positively or negatively.

This is easy-peasy, and a perfect way to end BBAW so here goes ...

1 - COMMUNITY - Wow, is there EVER a community?! In my real life I've always felt like my obsessive love of reading is strange. It didn't bother me to be different (in fact I revel in it!) but it was sometimes isolating. Once I started blogging I found out there there are TONS of people like me out there! It is wonderful to belong to a community of readers, to talk books with people all over the world, and to share an obsessive love of the written word that transcends our differences. So yeah, I'm all about the community.

2 - MY TBR LIST - I'm not sure if this is a positive or a negative, but my TBR list has grown exponentially. On the good side it means that I'm learning about fabulous new books all the time. One the bad side, will I seriously ever read all of them? I think not. But I keep adding to the list all the same!

3 - ADDICTION TO POSTING - Does anyone else have this problem? I have so much to say and all I want to do all day is write it and post it. I have to force myself to do other things whenever I'm at the computer.

4 - MOM & SON BOOK CLUB - I've always read with my son, and I've been a part of a book club for 3 years, but I don't think I would have started the Mom & Son Book Club if it hadn't been for blogging. I've written about the beginnings of our mini club before so I won't go into detail here, but it's one of the best things that has come out of my blog.

5 - EMPATHY - I've always tried to be there for my family and friends when they needed me, to support them in whatever they are going through, good or bad. But sometimes I just have no idea what is needed, what to say, or what to do, or I unknowingly say the wrong thing. The amazing thing about blogs (not necessarily book blogs, rather the more personal ones) is that you get to see what is going on in the blogger's head. They are more honest and open online than they are in person. I've learned so much about how to relate to people in trying circumstances from reading those posts, especially the ones that downright tell you what to do - they are wonderfully useful.


Ok, so those are my 5 things. You know I don't tag anymore but please feel free to tag yourself if you like. If you do post your 5 things please comment and let me know, and I'll add a link to you here.


yasmin said...

Hey Heather and what a great week to end the week...I loved your responses and it was touching to hear about your mother and Son Book Club. And I feel you on the empathy's good to be able to outside of our comfort zone normal circle to get input from others...and oftentimes it's better than what we were thinking of doing!

Amy(The Sleepy Reader) said...

I enjoyed reading your answers. I am much the same as you. I started blogging but had no idea of the community of book lovers out there. This week also showed me that I haven't even scratched the surface yet.

Nan said...

You expressed yourself beautifully, Heather. I loved reading this.

sheistoofondofbooks said...

It has been a busy week, I'm hoping to catch up on it this weekend (no beach for me, enjoy yourself!)

My TBR pile has grown so much since I started blogging. I feel guilty about the backlog, and only entered a few contests this week (you know, for books I could totally justify adding to the shelves :) )

I enjoyed your post and agree with all your points; the community is awesome!

bermudaonion said...

This has been a busy week, but it's been oh so much fun. The beach (and a bunch of books) sounds great right about now.

Suey said...

Wonderful answers! I wish I would have thought of them! My post on this (awhile back) was pretty lame. Anyway, great wrap up of all things blogging!

Literary Feline said...

I hope you enjoy your weekend at the beach! You definitely deserve some time away.

I enjoyed reading your responses to the memes. I had never considered empathy being a factor, but I think you are right about that.

Jen said...

I can relate to #3. I have 47 posts saved in my drafts folder. I try to only post once a day because I feel like I don't want to overwhelm people. I'm glad to read I'm not alone.

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