29 May 2011

Wrapping Up Armchair BEA

Armchair BEA wrapped up last week along with BEA and Book Blogger Convention. I was pleased to be a participant this year. I was not quite sure what I was expecting, but the level of participation I saw from bloggers all over the world was a thrill. I have met a lot of new people across the country, and now have a lot of new additions to my reader!

A quick link recap of my posts are:
I learned a few new tricks from some of the blogs I visited, including making a switch to IntenseDebate for my comments. It has worked relatively well, except for a slip up with Wednesday's post and having to reload the program. I am sorry to everyone who commented on my blog that day; I have all your lovely comments still (just can't see them on the blog). I was also fortunate enough to win a couple ABEA giveaways which I will be highlighting when they arrive.

I also got to get a bit more introspective about how and what I review on the blog, and why I choose to have one that is both personal and cover reviews. I appreciated seeing other people ponder the same question, and see that they had different views. In a way, that validated it more than anything: I am doing this the way that I want, and that is the best reason to blog in the first place. There is always room to change in the future.

All in all it was a very positive experience on many levels, and if I cannot attend BEA next year, I will definitely be here again.