Now I know that most of us who have been reading, reviewing, and blogging about books over the years have cultivated some close friendships. That is, after all, to be expected among people with like interests. What I didn't expect after my criticisms of the Blogging for Books program yesterday was the incredible outpouring of support across the book blogging world. I was - brace yourself - nearly struck speechless. And those of you who know me are well aware how utterly earth shattering that phenomenon is. The messages that poured in across Twitter and through Tumblr-land were astounding - veteran and new book bloggers alike, many I knew and many more that I did not, but all were extremely supportive.
And this reminded me that despite the daily routines - the reviews, the interviews, the memes, the projects, the readalongs, the reathathons - where we often strive so hard to make our work stand out from all the rest, we are indeed a still a community. There have been many times over the past few years when I've despaired of that sense of camaraderie as we've all branched out with different projects and adventures. I've often felt a lot of what used to be community support has turned into competition.
Seeing the book blogging world come together on an issue that they feel is important is a nice reminder that we are - when push comes to shove - very much still a community. And not just the kind that gathers over a drink or two in a hotel bar at BEA each year, but a real community that can pull together to right a wrong when we see it. This is a wide-ranging community of book bloggers who know how to write their own reviews and won't be patronized. I'm proud to be a part of that.
So thank you. All of you. You know who you are. For seven years I've read books with you, commiserated with you, bitched with you, and laughed myself silly with you. I wouldn't trade that for the world. Well....I might trade it for a better Klout Score. Pffft. #KlouttheCrown