BBAW: Future Treasures, or “I loved Book Blogger Appreciation Week”

I never wrote my Future Treasures posts for BBAW this Friday, so instead I’m doing so now. I loved Book Blogger Appreciation Week and especially the community feeling of it all. I never expected it to be so great. It was very easy to go and “meet” new blogs and bloggers all of a sudden. I do wish it could be as easy for the rest of the year. I added lots of blogs to my reader & I have no clue how to keep up with all of them yet, but we’ll see.

As for my solutions for next year, I really admire all bloggers that came up with a whole list of them, but I don’t think I can. You see, I know there are inevitably going to be periods in which I cannot post due to study-stress and then I know that I could plan ahead and think of all these fantastic features, but really, ideas like that have to come to me all of a sudden and not because I’d like to write down some resolutions. However, what I would like to do more this year is comment. Frances said that she loved my thoughtful comments because they showed that I really read the posts she wrote and that made me think, because I feel I should comment a lot more. Lately I have been rather absent from the blogosphere and I do wish I could change that. However, with all of these new blogs added to my list it is going to be hard to keep up with that. But it’s a resolution, and they are only there to try to act better, not to suddenly become the perfect blogger, right?

I do have an idea for a feature, but I find it incredibly hard to find the courage to email people to be part of it. Also, I am not sure if it has been done already and I do not want to look like a copy cat..

In the mean time, I would love for you to recommend me any book you think I should read here..

20 responses to “BBAW: Future Treasures, or “I loved Book Blogger Appreciation Week”

  1. I think comments are a good way to show people that you’re out there and it creates a community feeling. So that’s definitely a good plan. But don’t worry if you don’t have the time, we all have times when we’re less active.

    Email me with your plans. I won’t laugh! Ha ha. No, seriously. It’s not nice if you’re a copy cat so send out your ideas to several people on different parts of the blogosphere. My Book Bloggers Abroad was not original, I realised in the 3rd week, and that was really not nice to hear. Luckily I was not seen as a copy cat (I was so new, I didn’t know many other blogs really and hadn’t come across the other feature). But it’s not nice to discover it after you’ve started your own feature. So, let us know what you have in mind!

  2. I love commenting too and I love getting comments; it makes me feel part of a family who love books as much as I do.

    You can email me as well as Judith – I won’t laugh either and am more than happy to help if I can :) So what if it’s already been done on another blog? There are so many bloggers out there that it’s bound to happen, and anyway it would be something fresh if it was coming from you so don’t worry about being a copycat, Iris.

  3. I’ve added tons of blogs to my reader this week too, and I’ve been enjoying all the comments (both made and received)! I’m not sure if I can keep up either, but we just do our best. I don’t think it matters if you do a feature that is similar to someone else’s — there’s so much out there already it would be hard for any of us to be 100% original.

  4. Tell us your idea–there’s usually no such thing as an original one. :) I’d love to hear it!

  5. I am new over here, but you will likely soon learn that I have a sort of obsessive-compulsive disorder when it comes to commenting. It is actually a problem because I can’t seem to get anything done around the house! But I love visiting and leaving my thoughts, even if they are sometimes inane. So glad to meet you Iris!

  6. That’s the whole paradox – the more blogs you read, the less time for commenting! But the more you comment, the more people see you and you learn about so many new blogs. It’s so hard sometimes…

  7. I think that is a great goal, especially as you know you’ll be busy. And you have me all intrigued about this feature you mention :)

  8. I was totally intimidated when I first had the idea for Diana Wynne Jones Week–which of course was an event, not a feature. But I mentioned it on Twitter, and people were so encouraging and nice, and in the end I had an awesome time doing it. Maybe float the idea on Twitter first and see what suggestions people have? Because that really helped me. Book bloggers are nice.

  9. I second Jenny – book bloggers ARE nice! I still can’t get over how nice they are :) I love getting and leaving comments, too, but don’t kill yourself trying to leave comments on everyone’s blog all the time. We all have lives outside of blogging, too, and understand how busy that other life can be! Comment when you really want to and blog when you really want to :)

  10. Oh I know, there are some many great blogs and not enough time to thoroughly read all the posts and comment everywhere. Sometimes I dread looking at my GR! I think everyone understands that we can’t comment everywhere all the time, but I’m always sad to miss out on so much.

    Now I’m curious about your feature idea, that’s very teasing! ;) I’d be happy to give you feedback, but I’m also pretty sure that it’s a great idea, you usually come up with interesting topics to blog about!

  11. I love receiving comments & I always try to comment when
    I visit a blog. As for recommendations, my lost treasure was Murakami’s nonfiction specifically Underground, I will add to that Bolano’s Last evenings on earth, probably my favourite book so far this year,oh & a surprise entry Nick Caves, The Death of Bunny Munro. will wait with anticipation, to see what your feature is.

  12. I say go with the flow. We all know how difficult it is to read every post and comment as well as actually reading books! I always get carried away with reading plans and projects especially when I read other people’s posts but never consider my time constraints… Besides, I think you’re a pretty perfect blogger so I woudn’t worry too much about it;)

  13. I think it’s good to stay flexible, especially when it comes to blogging during school which can be a big challenge. But you can make it work, as long as you give yourself some space and don’t feel guilty when you have to disconnect for awhile — that worked for me, anyway.

  14. It’s the standard catch-22 – to visit and comment versus finding time to read and attend to other blogging matters. As for your idea of a feature, is there another blogger with whom you can bounce your ideas and/or investigate whether something similar has already been done? Similarly, please do not be embarrassed about asking other bloggers for help with a feature. Most bloggers I know will go out of their way to help out a fellow blogger. Good luck!

  15. think we all have comment problems the more blogs we follow I tend to comment now on books and post I find interesting ,used comment on every post but took up a lot of time every day so cut back a bit and try and make each comment a little more than I used too ,I d be willing to help you with any challenge or anything Iris ,all the best in the coming year for your blog ,all the best stu

  16. Totally understand about the commenting part, Iris! I feel the same way too and wish I’ve more time to comment on all the blogs I read. I agree with the others about being flexible and blog/comment whenever we can. After all, blogging should be fun and not about being stressful. :)

  17. I think a thoughtful comment is a real treasure … and the way to build relationships. The hard thing is when you read too many blogs and it can get overwhelming and begin to feel like work. I think the best that all of us can do is just enjoy it and do the best we can.

  18. I think you just have to post when you can and not worry about it otherwise. Commenting more to compensate is a good idea, because then you’re still active in the community but it doesn’t take as much time.

    If you’ve an idea for a feature, go for it! If you’ve not seen it around then even if someone has done it before it’s not as though you’ve taken the idea from them.

  19. I loved it too! But how we are all going to keep up with our bulging feed readers I have no idea – already overwhelmed. I also think I should comment more, but maybe we should all be going for quality (and I dunno bout you but if I have to leave 500 comments a day they are not going to be quality).

  20. I am so curious about your feature idea. I too have such hopes for my blog, but I never have enough time to devote to reading, let alone develop my blog further. I am resigned to let it drift as I go along :)

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