BBAW Day 5: Bloggers, Hurdles, and the Future

Well check that out everyone! I’m officially one of those old hats who have been through two Book Blogger Appreciation Weeks! I’ve been a bit, uh, lacking in energy this week, but I wanted to take advantage of a lazy Friday and enjoy the last day of BBAW.

Warning: There is some minor- to major- sap at the end of this post. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. :)

Some Books I Wish You’d Read

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg: A queer classic that needs more love. I’m planning on rereading it sometime this year, and I’d love to hear more people’s opinions.

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation ed. by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman: Okay, even I haven’t read this book yet since it came out earlier this month (I’m shaking my fist at you, book buying ban!) but as soon as I do I’m going to be begging everyone to read it. I’m just getting started early.

Some Goals and All That

  • Hit “publish” more often. I draft about three times as many posts as I publish. Seriously. I have one of those complexes where I have to edit and edit and edit and then I just end up not showing it to anyone because it wasn’t edited enough. (This was very problematic when I was in college.)
  • Keep up the commenting. I’ve gotten a lot better at this since last year, but I want to make sure I stick with it.
  • Make a better blogging/reading schedule. This morning I got up an hour earlier than I had to and got to drink coffee in my own house and play around on Twitter for a while before I had to get ready for work. It felt so good. I need to do this more; and I think blogging will be easier in the morning, since it clearly isn’t going so well when I try to write at night!
  • Visit more new-to-me blogs.

Book Bloggers Are Wonderful (Or, what BBAW really stands for)
A bit of my appreciation goes out:

To Amy, for not only creating Book Blogger Appreciation Week, but for getting this non-Christian to read and enjoy reviews of Christian fiction;
To Melissa, for making me feel truly welcome in the book blogging world;
To Wallace, for reading a book completely out of her comfort zone and for her never ending creativity;
To Natasha, for hosting Bloggiesta and helping this procrastinating-prone blogger get shistuff done;
To Jodie, for writing reviews that inspire me to be a better writer;
To Amy, for being a great feminist and being so genuinely kind;
To Jill, for being a kick-ass cheerleader;
To Amanda, for getting people to read more books about the community I love so much;
To Trisha, for being a smoker and an excellent conversationalist;
To Marg, for all that loot;
To Tasha, for being the best last minute interview swap partner I could have asked for;
To Eva, for being so strong and convincing me to read basically every book she recommends;
To Judith, for reminding this American blogger that there is a big ole world out there;
To Kim, for being such a strong advocate for non-fiction;
and to Danika, for reminding me I am not, in fact, the only gay in the village.

Thanks. You’re appreciated.


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22 responses to “BBAW Day 5: Bloggers, Hurdles, and the Future

  1. That was a great wrap-up post! Glad I got to meet you this week :)

  2. Thanks, Cass! So, you’re going to keep up this posting stuff? I’m so happy! By the way, don’t be so hard on yourself with the editing. You are a super-fantastic writer, so w/o the editing I’m sure you fantastic (still beating the par by spades). ;)

    • Thanks for the ego boost, Wallace! ;) I’ll have to check this comment out again later when I’m trying to write something and feeling like I’ll never make it good enough.

      (And by editing, I mean I write things, like whole posts, and then erase them and start again. It’s bad.)

  3. Thanks for the mention, Cass! It really is nice to not feel like the only queer book blogger.

  4. Okay I want to retroactively give you a big hug at BEA, even more than I already did! :)

  5. Oh gosh, thank you so much for the kind words. And I’m with Amanda, only I’ll save the hug for next year’s BEA :D

    Also, I’ve added Stone Butch Blues to my wish list, and am kind of kicking myself for not picking up when I saw it a few months back – chose bell hooks instead. And I think you already put Gender Outlaws on my wish list previously, so you’re really getting started early ;)

    • bell hooks is SO good too though! I couldn’t be upset with you for that! Which one was it?? And, um, if you read bell hooks AND Feinberg AND Gender Outlaws, you will be getting a hug ANYWAY for being totally awesome.

  6. Aww, thanks for the mention! That made me feel warm and fuzzy like the rest of BBAW has :) You’ve listed quite a few wonderful bloggers.

  7. Yay for last-minute interview swaps! ^__^

    I do that thing where I don’t publish posts, too. Sometimes I genuinely don’t know where I’m going with the posts, but then usually the posts I feel the most conflicted about actually publishing get the most comments!

    • That’s a really good point. I’ve been working on a post for MONTHS about the value of spoilers…I’m sure that would spark a conversation!

  8. Great post! Up until this week, I have been very bad about checking out new blogs, so I need to make sure I continue to find new-to-me blogs.

  9. Thanks for mentioning me. Yes, the world is large but a lot of it is American (the blogging world that is). I don’t mind that at all, but I know people do like to see what the rest of the world is like. That’s where I like to help. :-)

    I think it may be a good idea to write your posts in the morning. Hopefully you’ll press the Publish button before leaving the house1

  10. bookgazing

    Thanks for mentioning me (beams). I am obsessed with editing too, but there has to come a point where you just press publish – and then rush back to change all those typing mistakes you never noticed. You just made me add a bunch more people to my feed reader by the way and I’m so excited to see the indie award, new awards are always cool.

  11. Eva

    Aww: thanks!

    I’m the opposite: I almost never edit a post, lol. Which sometimes leads to definite embarrassment when I reread older posts, but at least its keeps things getting published. ;)

  12. Woo-hoo! And just for you, I’ll do a (virtual) cartwheel.

  13. Okay I am so far behind on blog reading that I actually had a “you should just give up” five-minute panic. Then I see this post and get all gooey inside. You are awesome, and I loved meeting you at BEA!