BBAW: Community

This week I’m taking part in Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2011. Between now and Friday there will be book blog awards, giveaways and a special topic to write about every day.

Here’s today’s topic:

While the awards are a fun part of BBAW, they can never accurately represent the depth and breadth of diversity in the book blogging community. Today you are encouraged to highlight a couple of bloggers that have made book blogging a unique experience for you. They can be your mentors, a blogger that encouraged you to try a different kind of book, opened your eyes to a new issue, made you laugh when you needed it, or left the first comment you ever got on your blog. Stay positive and give back to the people who make the community work for you!

I’ve put a lot of thought into how to approach this topic and how I could thank the people I want to thank without hurting anyone’s feelings by leaving them out. There are so many blogs that I enjoy reading and so many bloggers who I’ve found an inspiration that I would find it impossible to pick out just one or two. And so, although it’s not really answering the question, I’m just going to say a general thank you to everyone who reads my blog, has commented on one of my posts or has offered advice, support or recommendations during the two years since I started blogging – and also thanks to those of you who organise and host the challenges and events that make book blogging so much fun.

What I can do is give a special mention to the people who, according to the WordPress stats section, have left the most comments on my blog. In no particular order, these are Jo of The Book Jotter, Boof of The Book Whisperer, Veens of Giving Reading a Chance, Anbolyn of Gudrun’s Tights, Sue, Stephanie of Reviews by Lola, Annie of The Senior Common Room, Jane of Fleur Fisher in her World and Karen of Books and Chocolate. Thanks to you all and to everyone else!

Don’t forget to visit the BBAW blog to see how other bloggers have answered today’s topic and to keep up with everything else that’s happening this week.