I’ve read lots of lists of bloggers’ pet peeves, whether about books, blogging, or other bloggers. I love these lists; pet peeves are super easy for me to rattle off.
I’m going to try something new, though: pet glees. Wondering what that is? That’s because I made it up. My pet glees are the things I love about book blogs and book blogging in general.
Just feeling like being positive today; must’ve been something in my morning java.
My Top Eleven (Because Ten Was So Last Week) Pet Glees of YA Book Blogging
1. CommentLuv – I love seeing this feature in other people’s blogs. I love being linked back to without that sleazy feeling that comes with linking to one of my own posts in a comment. Also: the icon is cute.
2. When Seasoned Bloggers Write Back – I have some blogging heroines / role models, etc., and when I comment on their posts, and they respond, I fist pump IRL, peeps. If authors are my rock stars, then book bloggers are my E! News Network, and it’s an awesome feeling when you hear back from your celebs.
3. Bookish Link Aggregations – I love collections of news and great posts for the week all in one place. I read Parajunkee’s Book Bloggerista News every Monday like clockwork, and ChapterBreak.net has Sharing the Bookish Love. <3
4. BEA – I had never heard of BookExpo America until I started blogging. Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide was helpful in answering approximately a million questions, and the actual conference was helpful for 1) getting books 2) teaching me bloggish skills 3) helping me to meet bloggers for real, both in waiting lines and at the picnic! I will eventually put my totally unnecessary recap up.
5. Thoughtful Comments – When I read comments on non-giveaway reviews or posts and it shows that the person actually read my post I want to throw a fistful of glitter in the air–yes, like the P!nk song.
6. Blogger-made Info-graphics – Another thing that The Book Addict’s Guide does well! These are so neat to read.
7. Tweeting with Authors – Oh, no big. Just playin’ it cool, hanging out on Twitter with my world’s celebrities, and secretly fan-girling in the background. I may or may not have called my mother to squeal over one of more of these interactions.
8. Blog Tours – I do a little dance when I get on the schedule for certain books. I’ve been privileged enough to be a part of the tours for some I’d been really anticipating (like Dark Metropolis from Disney-Hyperion–thank you to Shane, from Itching for Books!), and as a new blogger, those opportunities were huge for me. I am grateful to the Tour Hosts who took me in, clothed me, sheltered me, and, you know, let me be on their tours. :)
9. Winning Giveaways – What’s not to like, exactly? I’ve won way more than I ever expected to. I have to give a shout-out here to Amanda from Stuck in YA Books, who hosted the first giveaway I ever won, and it was a monster: a hardcover set of the whole Divergent series. Still grateful!
10. That Feeling of Accomplishment from Learning Something New – Although Tagul just changed it so it no longer works for this, I had learned how to use it embed a Rafflecopter widget into a WordPress.com site, which, as some of you know, is supposed to be impossible. Bethany from Bethany the ngnrdgrl did a tutorial on the long-ish process, which I used for a while–and it made be feel like a total pro. Booyah!
11. Reviewing ARCs – Here’s the thing. I’ve always been an avid reader, but until book blogging, I didn’t know that civilians getting books to read before they came out was a thing. I’ve read a lot of different opinions about ARCs and bloggers, and here’s where I stand: it’s fun. There’s a responsibility there (to me at least) to read and review, but it doesn’t feel like a chore at all. Why? All of this comes down to one thing:
Book blogging is the best and most fun thing I’ve done for myself in years.
What about you? Any book blogging pet glees?