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.
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?