The suggested topic today through Armchair BEA is about nurturing and maintaining book blogging relationships. I must say, the relationships formed are my favorite thing lately about blogging. I live in Oklahoma and just yesterday had a terrible day weather-wise. I cannot express how touching it was to have an author that I met via someone, some how, via social networking and blogs, check to make sure my family and I were safe and then express relief. That gesture was amazing. I have come across so many wonderful people, bloggers, authors, some publishers and many others via social networking (blogs, Twitter) that I can address as my friends.
I set out to do my blog on a totally different plane and was going to test the water a bit via Twitter. I stumbled across a book blogger through someone’s #ff. I followed, they had interesting stuff. I started to follow more of their followers and so forth. I had started to consider changing my blog plan. I then began to follow a newer blogger and started to ask questions as she began to tweet and do posts. She was so helpful. It led me to follow bigger bloggers. On occasion I would fire off a question that I guess only a newbie would ask. I was shocked at how helpful so many bloggers were. I was absolutely amazed at the community.
I began getting ‘to know’ a few authors here and there. I, again, was so amazed at how kind and generous so many authors were. I feel like there are several authors that I have built a relationship with and I feel honored to have such a mutual respect. It has been amazing to build these connections through blogging and tweeting. It has really taken my love for the written word to a whole new level. The books have become more than just books. Interacting with the authors and the other bloggers who share the same passion and desire almost gives the books a soul. There just seems to be so much more character and life to the written word when shared with others.
I am grateful for the opportunity to meet so many bloggers, authors and publishers and I look forward to continuing to create such wonderful relationships while breeding a love and desire for the written word. If I have yet to meet you, I look forward to it. Through bloggers of different genres I have been able to expand my tastes and experiences and hope to continue to do so!
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