As you know, I’ve been participating in Armchair BEA all this past week. Today’s the final day, which means it’s time to wrap things up.
Cheap Thrills Recap
First, a quick list of links, in case you missed any of my earlier posts:
- Blogger Development
- Ethics in Blogging
- Genre Fiction
- Literary Fiction
- Children’s & Young Adult Lit
I skipped “Keeping It Real” because it felt too similar to “Blogger Development.” Maybe it’s the other side of development… maintaining a balance between growing your blog but without compromising yourself. However you read it, I just didn’t feel like I had anything to add here.
I also didn’t do a giveaway. For some reason I was thinking that Giveaway Day was for official giveaways, not for us to host our own. Clearly I had that wrong. I do think it would be fun to host a giveaway in the future. Maybe I’ll do one for my blogiversary… and by having it not during a big blogger event, that makes it more likely that one of my regular readers will be the winner, and I like that idea better anyway.
I also skipped the “Genres: What Did We Miss?” link up… but more on that later.
Around the Blogosphere
A big part of Armchair BEA is connecting with other bloggers, so here’s a small sampling of blogs I visited and posts I enjoyed this week:
- (Classics) Infusions of Wit from an Everyday Girl
- (Classics) the novel hermit
- (Genre Fiction) Léonicka.com
- (Genre Fiction) Love. Life. Read.
- (Literary Fiction) In Libris Veritas
- (Literary Fiction) Tiny Library
- (Nonfiction) By Singing Light
- (Nonfiction) Roof Beam Reader
- (Children’s & Young Adult Lit) BookerTalk
- (Children’s & Young Adult Lit) Nylon Admiral
I also have to give a couple special shoutouts. One is to a former co-worker I reconnected with through Armchair BEA: Chris at WildmooBooks.
The second is to Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness. “I Want to Help You Read More Nonfiction” is probably the most original and helpful post I saw all week. As wary as I am of personal recommendations (both giving and receiving them) I thought this was fantastic, way better (though taking much more effort) than a simple list of favorites.
Imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning and, instead of linking my wrap-up post which was all ready to go, I discovered a new daily topic, one that wasn’t mentioned on the agenda. Not only was I not expecting this topic — Genres: What Did We Miss? — but I don’t really think it’s needed. All of the topics this week were so broad that I don’t see how one could consider anything missed. If you really wanted to talk about something, wouldn’t you have found a way to incorporate it?
The only posts I’m seeing that wouldn’t really fit in either the genre, literary, or nonfiction posts are new adult (possibly could have gone in with a discussion about YA, and the differences between the two) and graphic novels (okay, I’ll admit it, this one really wouldn’t have fit anywhere).
Maybe instead of “Genres We Missed” this post could have been for “Topics We Missed,” opening it up to anything bloggers wanted to discuss. Because I can understand the frustration of wanting to share something and not having anywhere to fit in. I guess if the topic was on the agenda from the start, I wouldn’t be so confused.
While the posts on blogging were interesting topics, a lot of the posts were looking very similar; I enjoyed seeing other bloggers’ responses to the reading-focused prompts a lot more. Maybe next year, if they keep the same format, I’ll stick to the reading posts. On the other hand, in a year I might have more to say on the blogger topics.
At any rate, I’ll definitely be participating again in the future, in some form or another.
Wrapping Up the Wrap Up
Overall I thought Armchair BEA was a fun experience. Thanks to all of my wonderful commenters! It makes me all the more guilty that I wasn’t as active on other blogs as I would have liked… I’m still sort of recovering from overextending myself during Bout of Books. But it’s been really great having more discussion around here than I’m used to.
Did you enjoy Armchair BEA? What was your favorite part?