Book Blogger Appreciation Week – Future Treasures

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Wow, it’s already the last day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week! It’s been a busy week for me here on the blog but now I’m going to take some time to reflect on Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) and share with you some of my plans for Playing by the book in the future.

I’ve visited almost one hundred new-to-me book blogs this week… At times I’ve felt almost overwhelmed, and at other times I’ve been inspired by seeing how many different approaches there are to book blogging out there. I like to think I know the kidlitosphere reasonably well, but this week it became clear to me that there are several universes of book blogging out there that I don’t know (or at least didn’t know) anything about.

Being taken out of my comfort zone is always a little bit of a mixed blessing – I’ve seen new ways of doing things, I’ve read about many books I’d never heard of, but I’ve also become more certain that kids’ books are my thing and the kidlitosphere is where I want to spend what time I have to hang out at other blogs.

I was sorry to see very few bloggers who focus on books for children taking part in BBAW. Perhaps next year BBAW could be better advertised amongst kidlit bloggers via the Yahoo Kidlitosphere group. If you don’t know it, but blog about children’s books go to Yahoo Groups and search for the “kidlitosphere”. (Not posting the direct link to the group helps cut down on the spammers.)

I also felt that this week was rather self indulgent – it was for me rather than for you my readers that I took part in BBAW. Now you may say, a blog is always going to be at least partly about doing things for yourself rather than for others, but at times this week it felt a little bit like navel gazing and I was left wondering how my posts could be of any interest to my regular readers. Do let me know what you think!

Now, I like to travel hopefully and that’s certainly why I signed up for Book Blogger Appreciation Week, and why I’d recommend you consider doing so next year. BBAW wasn’t quite the exciting adventure that I had hoped it might be (Mother Reader’s Comment Challenge was a more rewarding experience for me and something I’d definitely recommend come January 2011), simply because I wanted to find more bloggers who blog about what I’m passionate about – children’s books.

Having said all of this, Amy Riley of My Friend Amy and her team did an amazing job with this year’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week and I’d like to thank her for all her hard work. If you want to discover more blogs about books for grown ups BBAW is definitely something to mark in your calendar.

So with BBAW now behind me, what next?

I’ve some fun posts lined up starting next week including one that contains about 10,000 calories, and another (not the result of the first, but rather because we’ve been potty training) all about poo…

And very soon there will be an exciting announcement about a new swap – remember the postcard swap? Well this new swap is going to be a little different, even more fun and all about the very best in children’s books and illustration!

In the meantime, what would you like to see here on Playing by the book?

12 Responses

  1. sandhya

    Yes, we remember the postcard swap very well, and looking forward to your next swap.
    I enjoyed reading about the BBAW here, as it was something new to me. I, too, learnt a lot in this week. Thank you for bringing it to us.

  2. Ms. Yingling

    Wow. I missed that entirely. Glad that you got a chance to visit a lot of blogs. It’s always helpful and interesting to see what others are reading.

  3. Zoe

    Hi Sandhya,
    Thanks for letting me know that BBAW was good for you – it was certainly a little bit different from the norm!

    Hello Ms. Yingling,
    Yes, it can be a real inspiration to see what others are reading and enjoying, you’re right.

  4. Janelle

    Looking forward to whatever new swap is in the works! I agree with your thoughts about the absence of many children’s book bloggers. Even though I didn’t participate every day, I felt that it was important to try and get the word out a little bit about the kidlit blog world and mingle. It’s good to shake things up, discover blogs and read posts that I wouldn’t normally read.

  5. Anna

    You did a great job making the rounds! I’m a new reader of your blog, so I’m looking forward to whatever you have planned. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Katie Fries

    Thank you for your thoughts on BBAW. I am one of those kidlit bloggers who didn’t participate, though I had every intention of doing so when I first heard about it. However, after my unintentional blogging break I felt odd jumping back in with BBAW posts. I did enjoy reading your posts though!

    I’m am very much looking forward to finding out about an d participating in the next swap!

  7. Zoe

    Thanks Anna – lovely to have you start reading Playing by the book!

    Hi Katie, yes, just need to finalise the details about the swap… watch this space ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook

    Zoe, I love your writing style, generally. I can always find something to interest me here at Playing by the Book. But the posts I enjoy most are ones where you link literacy and craft eg your lift-the-flap book. I guess I just love ideas for extending literature, helping kids make connections with it. I also really adore the pictures of your kids and what your family gets up to!

    I didn’t do BBAW either.

  9. The1stdaughter (Danielle)

    I’d love to participate in a swap! Heavens knows I have plenty of children’s books to share! :o)

    As for BBAW and KidLit world, I truly had hoped there would be more participation as well. I’m hoping that next year there will be more and we can stand out amongst the crowd, it would be fantastic! Because there truly are quite a few great KidLit book blogs.

    A mention about reaching readers…how I know how you feel! I struggle with this constantly. I wonder if my reviews, primarily the children’s book reviews are something all of my readers are interested in. It’s such a fine line. But the thing is, I’m happy with the reviews and it’s a continually changing thing. Besides, it’s your site so do what makes you happy and it will shine through in your posts – as it already does. I love your posts and all the little bits of personality you share. It’s wonderful!

  10. Zoe @ Playing by the book

    Thank you so much Susan for your lovely words! Linking literacy and craft is the raison d’etre of Playing by the book really, so there will definitely be lots more posts like that.

    Yes, Danielle, remaining true to your own interests, passions is so important in blogging (and in life!)

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