Thursday, November 19, 2015

BPC: Things The Blogging Community Has Given To Me

Welcome to another post for the Blogger Positivity Campaign hosted the awesome Jillian @ Jillian's Books.

If you haven't heard yet this is an amazing event created by Jillian and it's all about spreading love and positivity in the book blogging world! You can check out my introduction here and Jillian's post here.

So today's prompt was fill in the blank: Things I ________ The Book Blogging Community

It took me forever to land on something I like but I'm pretty happy with this list.

Things I've Gained From The Book Blogging Community:
'Cause honestly, I've learned a lot and grown a lot by being part of this community, no matter how small a part it might be.

1. Most importantly, I've gained so many people that I consider friends. Ones I talk to on Twitter, ones I just stalk and comment on their blogs. Ones who recommend me the best books and ones who I can't even with because of all the feels they've caused me with their recommendations. But, this is the most important thing for me coming as someone who's the shyest most nervous and anxious person in real life, to have so many people who I can just so easily to talk to whether it be about books and FEELs or whatever.

2. I've gained confidence. It's true, putting myself out there, actually interacting with people and bloggers. Even putting in ARC requests or interviewing authors, it's given me a new confidence and really helped me as I work on being less shy IRL. Just the fact that I blogged under the name Nobody for almost three years as just a regular everyday blog then switched to a book blog and wanted to actually finally use my real name, like, this was a big step for me even if it was weird!

3. BOOKS! No, I'm not just talking about ARCs and review copies. There are SO MANY books I may have never read if it weren't for the blogging community and all the lovely bloggers that recommend the best books. I never really read romance and contemporary, romance was my least favorite thing in a big part because I grew up with two older brothers that made me into the tomboy who hated romance but then I actually started reading contemporary and loving almost nothing more than a good romance subplot...I even started writing contemporary and I'm not sure I ever would've done those things without having all these amazing people to talk about ships and OTPs and book boyfriends with.

4. Motivation. I couldn't find the right word for what I mean here, but, with all the lovely friends I've made and everything, whenever I post about my writing (or post my actual writing on occasion) I get so much encouragement, even just little things like good luck with NaNo, and bigger things when I talk about querying and everything. It all really helps cheer me up when I'm feeling bogged down with everything.

5. Encouragement (okay, that word would've worked better for 4, but...who cares?) Okay, for this I'm talking about those posts we've all made when we're going through a blogging slump or a reading slump or just a hard freaking time in life. And you always get the most encouraging comments about it and, for me at least, it helps me a lot in getting over whatever it is that was making me feel so blah.

6. Camaraderie. Sure, there's a ton of drama here sometimes but when something big happens, a reviewer is stalked by an author or an author is behaving badly on Goodreads, yes, this can be a cause of drama but also, what I see a lot, is a lot of us banning together over it. And even over smaller things.

7. Community. I mean, most of us have all had that moment where we just LOVE books so much and no one around us GETS it. But here...everyone gets it. You can find people to gush over with about your book boyfriends or sob over ships and these people...? They're even there for you when real life shit gets you down. Even with drama and jealousy and whatever else is going on, we're still all booknerds and we still all belong in this awesome book-ish community.

Okay, I feel like I repeated myself a little but whatever! I meant everything I said and I'm high on too much caffeine sooo....

That's all I've got for you today! Spread the positivity down below, leave me a link your own BPC post or share something you've gained from our community! Check out the amazing hosts blog and there you can also find a list of everyone's blogs!


  1. This is a great reminder of just how positive blogging can be! I also dealt with inferiority issues after moving to a different country, but blogging has helped me regain my confidence and motivation to do something than be lazy all day :p Thanks for this reminder!

    Joan @ Fiddler Blue

  2. This is perfect! It's so nice to be reminded of all the things we get from blogging and that all the effort we put in is totally worth it! All the people I've talked to because of blogging is amazing and I'm so glad I've done this!

    I'm feeling so happy because of this post :) thanks!!

  3. I love this post! I totally agree with #3. I set out blogging to cut down my TBR list, but it has instead grown so much ever since I started reading book blogs, haha. I am looking forward to making friends through blogging; it would be so great to know more bookish people!

  4. Shay this is such a beautiful post! :') Seriously it made me smile! I love how comfortable everyone is in talking about books. As in, when you say that you cried over a book last night, everyone in this community would be like, "I'm so sorry! Here, have a hug and a box of tissues." But then, when you tell your family that you cried over a book, they'll just look at you like: "WTF???"

    Haha. I'm so amazed how we're all international bloggers, and yet we find a way to connect with one another :) I know some bloggers from the UK, Australia, Indonesia, etc. etc. and it's amazing how I'm actually friends with them. Like, wow! Who knew that was possible? ^_^

  5. Awesome post!
    These are all things I feel like I've gained through blogging too, particularly the friends and community thing, because I'm incredibly shy in real life too, and find interacting with people so hard. I also don't have many bookish friends in real life (they're all more into video games and things), so it's nice to be able to just freak out about all things book-related on my blog or on twitter and not have people be all like 'I have no idea what you're talking about!'