Sunday, 2 May 2010

My YA Community Thanksgiving

Adele over at P. Snark had a great idea a couple of weeks ago, and that idea was the YA Community Thanksgiving. She suggested we post about what we're thankful for in this community, and although this post is a little late, here are the reasons why I love this whole blogging thing:

1. The friends I've made.

I've met some amazing people since I've been blogging, and I think a few of them will be friends for life. Whether they're authors, bloggers or even publicists, I'm so glad I got the chance to get to know them. I can't name everyone, but here are a few:
  • Carla from The Crooked Shelf. She's my best book buddy online and offline, and I love her to bits. She's mental, but in a good way! :D
  • Luisa Plaja, author extraordinaire and editor/co-founder of Chicklish. She's my other best book buddy, and also an extremely good friend. I'm really lucky to know her.
  • One glittery publicist in particular springs to mind, who I do believe is one of my very favourite online friends, and who rocks my socks off. She knows who she is!
  • All the UK bloggers who have created a mini-community of their own, and who are always on hand to offer support, advice and all round awesomeness: Sophie from So Many Books, So Little Time, Becky from The Bookette, Lauren from I Was A Teenage Book Geek, Carolyn from Book Chick City, Sammee from I Want to Read That, Jo from Once Upon A Bookcase, Liz from My Favourite Books, and those I mentioned above (sorry to anyone I forgot!).
  • My online friends I've made from around the world: Adele, Cat, Steph... I'm looking at you!

2. The chance to read books I otherwise never would have.

I've been sent and recommended so many books I'd previously never heard of, or that I never would have read on my own accord (well, I don't think I would have). I've been introduced to some of my favourite books in the last 15 months or so, and I have the blogosphere to thank for that. Jellicoe Road is one of those books that springs to mind, as well as Perfect Chemistry, Before I Fall and anything by Ellen Hopkins.

3. Discovering new authors.

Following on from that, blogging and Twitter have also been the best resource when it comes to finding new authors. It's thanks to them that my reading taste is so eclectic, and the reason why I've been introduced to such people as Jennifer Echols, Jenny Han, Elizabeth Scott and Melissa de la Cruz. I love their books, and reading them is all thanks to the blogosphere!

4. Getting to share my passion with hundreds of like-minded people.

When you have a passion or an interest, it can be hard to find people in real life who will share that with you. That's why the internet, and this community in particular, is one of the best things I've ever discovered. Anytime I want to fangirl over a book, or talk about a random TV show, you guys are here. You all rock!

5. Gaining more confidence.

I'm a shy person generally, but I think now I have a lot more confidence than when I did in January 2009. Blogging has gotten me invited to publisher's events, where I've been forced to meet new people, talk in groups, and leave my comfort zone. It's also allowed me to get an insight into the world of books and publishing, and realise that maybe that's the job I want one day.

So, to conclude: I love the YA blogosphere, and everyone in it!


Luisa Plaja said...

Oh, what a fantastic post! I so agree with you on sharing book/TV passion on the internet, and on finding new authors and on wonderful book friends and... all of it!
Thank you for writing this amazing post. (And thank you for mentioning me, and right back atcha!) :)

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

Great post!

SusanKMann said...

Great post, such a nice way to thank all the people you have met. x

Lauren said...

Awesome post, Jenny. I really like the part about how you've gained more confidence. I think the blogosphere is so useful in that way - someone can be a total extrovert or painfully shy in real life, but when all the interaction starts with blog comments and twitter rather than face to face meetings that doesn't come into it at all. I love this community!

You so *should* work in the booky world, you'd be fab. :)

Karen (Euro Crime) said...

I agree with the whole post. It's so great to find like-minded people.

I Want To Read That said...

Great post! And I completely agree with Lauren - you should definately work in the booky world - it would benefit from having you:)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Famtastic post, Jenny! Thiese are all my favourite things about blogging too.

And thanks for mentioning me, I feel the same way!

Cat @ Beyond Books said...

Oh, wow. What a surprise to see I was mentioned in this post! Aww. You made me teary! The feelings are reciprocated as well. You're a blog I visit daily even if I do not leave comments all the time. I think we'd be grand friends in real life if we just lived slightly closer together.

Plus you're my one stop shop for checking out the UK covers of books I want. ha! *hugs* and thank YOU! said...

Great post! I agree that blogging has lead to reading some great books that I may have otherwise never read.

Jo said...

Awesome post, Jenny! I agree with pretty much all of it! Especially the confidence thing; the Headline event was pretty awesome for me. I still have the "omg" moments, but it's not so bad anymore (though I think work experience has helped too).

Thank you so much for mentioning me! The UK bloggers are really awesome, it's such a great community! :)

Becky said...

Hello! What a great post! I know you say that you are a shy person but the two times I met you I never noticed it. I agree with all you thank yous. YA Book Blogging is full of awesomeness and so many people who go out of their way to help.

Kate Evangelista said...

I agree with the friends part. I'm really thankful for the people I've met in the YA community.

Steph Su said...

Huggiessss for you from across the Atlantic! Whenever I finally get the chance to visit the UK I definitely want to meet you in person. :)