Thank you to all of the bloggers and readers who chimed in over the past two weeks to help raise us up and bring forward some of the better qualities of the blog sphere. We all take a lot of abuse and judgement quietly, and we stick together. Here is the feedback we received since our launch, and as always, we are thankful for all of you, and everything that you do for us.
Book blogging is the longest I have ever stuck with any hobby, and I think it’s because of how much I love to read and the passion for the same thing from all the other bloggers I’ve gotten to know. I’ve never had real friends in my life that I’ve felt this much connection with, because I’ve never felt like I really fit in. But now I feel like I fit somewhere and it’s like something clicked into place for me finally. I have friends all over the world now, and knowing you all are out there really puts a smile on my face every day. ~Kara @ Great Imaginations
What I love the most about the book blogging community is that we stand by each other, be it for the wrong or right reasons. To me, that’s a good thing, because it kinda shows that we are always there for each other.
Also, I looooove that the authors are friendly. I don’t know about anyone else, but I personally love it when an author talk to me, because HELLO I would like to be friends with them, and not because I want free books or anything, I just want to get to know them.
I also think that I’m fabulous. (JKJK, Kara and Lyn, don’t post this.) [HAHAHAH, TOO LATE –Lyn] THANK YOU TO YOU GUYS for thinking up of this though. God knows we all need a little positivity in the midst of everything <3 ~Maryam @ Great Imaginations/Once Upon a Story
I can say that book blogging has changed me. I’ve become a better person, and I have started to change my way of thinking. I am striving to become the positive I want to see, because I have wonderful examples all around me. Book blogging has taught me how to use my voice, and how to fight for what is important. I can’t even express how amazed I am by so many of you. Seriously, hope that all of you feel as wonderful as I see you. I’ve never been a part of anything and felt like an insider. But now, I have people who accept me, and people who taught me that it is okay to be liked for who I am. I’ve never felt this comfortable in my own skin and my own space. Book blogging has given me a platform to be myself. It has taken me almost 30 years, but it was worth it all.
Thank you to my co-bloggers for sticking with me. I’m not always the easiest person to deal with at time, but I always strive to be my best. Lyn @ Great Imaginations
I’ve been in this community for 5 1/2 years and while sometimes it has been a negative space filled with drama….the good has more than outweighed all that. I’ve met some of my best friends, yes, but also I can’t tell you what having a constant support system has been like. 5 1/2 years — this community has seen me through losing my job, getting married, bad days, hard things. Any time I’ve needed support, it has come. I talk about the frustration of my job search and I have words of encouragement or people offering to help me or someone sending me a link to a job that they think I’d be good at. When I’ve needed help with someone, there is always someone who has been willing to help. When I need a laugh, oh this community delivers. It has amazed me over the years how many people have reached out about a VARIETY of things I’ve written or tweeted and have offered advice, someone to talk to, a nod of support, encouragement, etc. I can’t even tell you. When I step back and think about it I’m just amazed (so thanks guys for making me think about it!). I’m amazed at the people I’ve connected with in this community and so grateful for the way we’ve connected over books and real life things. When I share things, you share back. There’s beauty in having a space where I can talk about the highs and lows or my mom’s death or any number of things I’m going through or struggling with or thinking about and there are just all these people THERE FOR YOU in a real way. Every comment, tweet or whatever means so much to me and sometimes I take it forgranted how many people I have in my corner and how THIS is why I blog….to connect in such a real way. And if you don’t believe that happens I have the comment sections and messages/emails in response to some of my most personal posts to prove it. THANK YOU for being there. Thank you for sharing YOUR life journeys with me too. So much good happens in this community that maybe is more behind the scenes or more quiet than the loud negative crap that goes on. ~Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner
“I love that we are part of a community that inspires creativity and promotes unabashed enthusiasm for reading and all things bookish.
I love that with a click of a button, I can always find someone online and on Twitter who is willing to lend a hand (or a gif) and make me smile. This past year, for me, has been the hardest of my life. NO ONE in my real or online worlds supported me more than the book blogger, reader and author community. NO ONE. I owe so much to my bookish friends.
Special shout outs to my co-blogger, Crystal, Kristen w/ My Friends Are Fiction, and also Karen Ananda Hooper who is a stellar author… and an even better friend. Love you all! ~Jenna @ Bookiemoji
Thank you so much for making this post!! I think we need a little positive thoughts out there. My biggest PROfession is that before starting my book blog and before I started interacting with other readers and bloggers, I used to feel lonely. I was a weird kid and a weird teenager, I didn’t have many friends and I used to read books that not many kids my age liked, read or were interested in. So this community helped me realize that there are other people out there who like the same books that I do, who may even think like me. It feels great being able to say “I read this book or that book” and not have to defend my reading likes and dislikes or not having to feel like I’m less educated because I don’t like to read the classics, that everybody seems to love but me. Honestly, it’s why I still do it. I might have started blogging for the love of books, but I keep doing it because most of the people I’ve met since I started blogging are making me feel part of something, and that’s a kick-ass feeling to be honest. Ruby @ Ruby’s Books
So, I’m still kind of on the fringes of the book blogger world, but I wanted to take a moment to say that I love the enthusiasm everyone in the book blogging world has for, of course, books. I was happy to find people that love books as much—and sometimes more—than I do, and that share their love of books and all things bookish. I appreciate the openness of Jaime at Fiction Fare, as she has answered several questions for me over time, and she’s always been pleasant and willing to field more questions. I am grateful for all book bloggers and the book love they share. I also LOVE sharing my love of books with others (book bloggers and the general public). Books change lives, and I love that being a book blogger has also changed mine! Heather @ Wandering Bark Books
Here’s my profession – I love that book blogging has helped me to generate enough of a second income that I don’t need a second job just to not live paycheck to paycheck. April @ Good Books and Good Wine
Never would’ve found my buddy Paige without the bookish community. Nor would I of met so many other awesome friends. 🙂 Yasmin @ The Wild Readers
So much of what I’ve experienced in the past 7 years is down to blogging. I wouldn’t change it for the world! ShootingStarMag
I literally would not know my best friends–my PEOPLE–without this community. Amy @ Tripping Over Books
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