Thursday, May 26, 2011

Armchair BEA: In Which I Get a Little Sentimental

Today's topic of Armchair BEA is "Nurturing Book Blogger Relationships."

Really, this is the easiest part of book blogging for me. I'm a people person. You might counteract that statement with "but you're always b*tching about how much you hate your customer service job!" And yes, it's true. I do hate customer service. But book blogging? This is a community where all of us come together to discuss our passion and adoration of books. (You don't do that in customer service. Unless you know of a place? DO YOU? TELL ME NOW!!!) When you combine passion + adoration + books + tendency to fangirl, it equals a constant ear-to-ear smile.

I can't even lie to you when I tell you that I seriously talk to book bloggers more than I talk to my actual friends. You guys are always on Twitter. Always posting AMAZING, quality reviews that makes it impossible for my TBR to avoid a daily growth spurt. You guys compile interesting discussion posts which get the noggin working. You guys get my adrenaline racing with your incessant fangirling over this book or that book, to the point where I HAVE to log on to my Borders account to make that purchase IMMEDIATELY. You guys provide insight on EVERYTHING via Twitter. (By the way, brief moment to BOW to Twitter.) You guys gift books to others who randomly squee about them. You guys have become my friends. Not just people I talk to online, but I've developed friendships with some that are completely irreplaceable in my eyes. There are times I come to you before I come to anyone else.


Have you guys seen any bad in all of that? That's right, you haven't. BECAUSE THERE IS NONE. Well.. book blogging is not without its drama. That's easy to stay out of, though. (I try not to ride the drama llama, but it's fun to visit the petting zoo.)

Simply stated: Book blogger relationships nurture themselves. You have a bunch of people, be they like-minded or polar opposites, all brought together by the same unhinged, mental patient love for books. Books are read, shared, discussed, raved or ranted about, and relationships are formed. Sometimes non-bookish talk gets thrown in and you learn more about these awesome people with whom you spend your daily virtual existence. Friendships are forged. Then it's "YOU + ME = OMGBFFZ4LYFE!" and we're out buying best friend keychains and making up a secret handshake.



Sure, it's all online. But these peeps are real, too. I've met some of them (ahem, Anna) and we hugged like we've known each other since we were two and used to throw rocks at one another at the park and pushed one another off the swings accidentally on purpose. And then point and laugh. (She's like that!)

It's that easy. There are so many different personalities out there with so many different tastes in books. I dare you to become a part of this incredible community and not make at least one amazing friend.

17 comments:

  1. I would've liked this post anyway.... but the I Can Haz a Cheezburger stuff made it even better!!!!

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  2. Its so true when you just meet a blogger it feels like you have known them all your life.

    I love your pic for the drama llamas.

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  3. We have definitely made good friends through blogging about reading and writing. Wouldn't trade it for anything! And LOL to the accompanying pics -- they are so perfect.

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  4. A+ for using LOLcats!!

    I agree, I think online relationships can be just as deep as 'real life' ones. Sometimes even more strong, because it's easier to share your feelings in writing (or at least I think it is).

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  5. Love this post! So glad to be even on the edges of such an awesome community!

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  6. This is why I love the book blogging community. I have met so many people through their blogs and they all are truly amazing.... yourself included!

    Great post!

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  7. You're so right! I love the book blogosphere, and while I'm still trying to find my way around, I've met some really amazing people!

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  8. {Heart} this post because I so completely agree!! I probably talk to you guys, my fellow bloggers & twitter pals more than I do to my real life friends, lol. Funniest part - I'm more myself with you guys than I am with said real life friends because you guys understand what it means to be a true-blue bookworm and understand my humor better for it.

    I honestly cannot imagine my life without the book blogging community!
    ♥Isalys
    Book Soulmates

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  9. Oh Jen, we love you (and your makeshift bookmarks!!) Book bloggers are the best and you are one of my faves!

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  10. Love the cats! They look like our own Buster and Caramel.

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  11. OH MY GOSH I JUST GOT WEEPY. The love for you is OUTTA control. xoxo

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  12. That's so funny! I'm starting to get to know some of my co-bloggers and really enjoy meeting everyone. I mentioned book blogging being like finding a secret club and realizing you know the password :) I totally get it... and LOL cats rule!

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  13. Aww I love this post! This is probably my favorite "Nurturing Relationships" post because everything that you said is true. I love my blogging buddies, life would be much harder without them to lighten up my days.

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  14. Very well stated, Jen. The passion and mutual respect we all have for literacy is what makes book bloggers truly unique and community-minded. I talk to my blogging friends more often than my IRL friends too. They are more accessible and understanding.

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  15. I talk to bloggers more than my real friends too. Maybe b/c they're always there.

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  16. Yes! Very true. Though I do know what you mean about drama llama. Sometimes it can feel a bit cliquey, which is sad. But mostly it's just great. I hope I get the chance to actually meet some more of my blogger buddies in real life someday!

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  17. You're nailed it! Thanks for such a lovely post. Now I feel like I need to give all my blogging buddies virtual hugs.

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