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.