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Wrapping Up & Winding Down (#BBAW Day 5)

Wow! Has it been a week, already?  Alright, one week is not a whole lot of time, in the grand scheme of things.  But this week in particular seems to have flown by!  I think I spent more time visiting blogs, commenting, and writing up posts than I have in a very long time (maybe since BBAW last  year?!). 

Granted, I did a lot for last month’s Austen in August event and will probably do a lot for next month’s The Literary Others event, but the larger feel of BBAW – the “all of the book blogging world can be included” aspect of it just felt so good. 

What did I get out of this week?  Well, I got the opportunity to express how I felt about book blogging.  I was able to meet some new-to-me book bloggers (and even subscribe to a few!) and to share one book that I really loved, but which seems to fly under the radar.  I also gave a shout-out to a few favorite bloggers who really deserve the recognition.

From this experience, I take with me a renewed respect and appreciation for the book blogging community and for the time and effort, generally unrewarded (in the literal sense) that we each of us put into this “hobby” of ours.  No one knows better than the book blogger what it is to pursue an interest with passion and vigor – it was amazing to see that passion in action this week, in such a concrete, measurable way.  Might I suggest: We are an extraordinary group of people

So, for now, I say ‘thank you’ for visiting with me this week & for introducing me to new blogs, new bloggers, new books, and new authors.  I say ‘goodbye’ and ‘until next year’ when, hopefully, we will all meet again.  And I leave you with a few of my favorite posts of the week:

The Classics Club is Spotlighted for BBAW

O Délaissé Recommends a Flaubert Book that Looks GREAT

Fiktshun’s Thoughtful Post on the Meaning of Book Blogging

Jillian from A Room of One’s Own Interviews Herself (Hilarious)

There were so many great, interesting, hilarious, and thought-provoking posts generated throughout the event.  It is impossible, really, to pick “favorites” (even though I sort of did, didn’t I?) – so my suggestion would be to spend some time going back through each day’s posts and read what these book bloggers have to say.  There are some real gems out there, thoughts from all different types of bloggers who are interested in all different types of books, and who live all over the world. 

Until next year!

“We read to know that we are not alone.”  – William Nicholson

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15 thoughts on “Wrapping Up & Winding Down (#BBAW Day 5)

  1. There are certainly a lot of passionate book bloggers! I love to see just how much reading and sharing means to us – how much time and effort we spend talking about it on our blogs and with each other. Great recap.

  2. As always, Adam, you know just what to say. It’s been a great week. I was feeling a bit lost recently when it came to book blogging and this week helped me find my roots again. I am glad I could be a part of BBAW.

  3. I love the inclusion of BBAW, there’s just nothing like it. You ought to nominate “We are an extraordinary group of people!” as our collective motto, it’s so true and rather empowering when you consider how we can be perceived in real life. I think it’s important that we do remember that the link lists stay up, because sometimes you can’t comment as much as you want to and then it gets forgotten

  4. Sounds like you had a great week! BBAW is always such an eye-opening experience (although I suppose our eyes are open already since we’re reading the screen, but, you know…).

  5. Great wrap-up post, Adam. You’re right, so many wonderful posts happened this week! I can’t believe it’s already over. I hope this warm feeling will stick until next year’s BBAW rolls around :)

  6. Great post! thanks for being a part of BBAW and also for all your really encouraging words. You’ve been a definite highlight of BBAW for me this year.

  7. Adam, Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog during BBAW. Thanks also for all of the informative comments you have contributed over at The Relentless Reader. I’ve learned a lot about Banned Book Week- thank you. I’ve also learned a great new word – expurgated- to feature on my word nerd blog. Finally, I see that you have switched from a blogger blog to a word press one. I’m thinking of doing this in the future- how difficult was it? Have you lost many followers? Are you “self hosted” now? Thanks for your time, Julia

    1. Absolutely! Censorship & Book Banning is a topic I’m very much invested in, so I’ve always got my eye out on what’s happening regarding these topics, in the book blogging world. Of course, I participate in BBW every year, too. (I also used to host a meme called “Saturdays, Uncensored” – if you’re so inclined, feel free to use the “Search” or “Category” features on my blog to look back through these posts – lots of great information, if I do say so myself!).

      The move from Blogger to WordPress was relatively seamless, though I did have to go back through my posts and edit any links and some images. There’s a feature on WordPress that allows you to simply migrate. I had already owned my personal domain/url – so I transferred that and did not lose anyone who had subscribed via Email/RSS/Google Reader (because these continued to direct folks to the same website, just on a new platform). Something to think about!

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