BEA Saved My (Blogging) Life


June 21, 2013 by Heidi

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It’s been crazy to me that over the past few weeks since BEA ended I’ve seen large number of bloggers on Twitter bemoaning their inability to write posts all of a sudden, while I feel completely rejuvenated and inspired to blog in ways that I haven’t for a couple of months now.  My first day off after BEA? I wrote three blog posts.  That is HUGE for me.  So I’ll go ahead and say it: BEA saved my blogging life.

I realize the month is largely running away with us, and that yet another BEA recap thrown to the wind would be redundant at this point, so I’m not going to do a strait recap.  I will, however, direct you to some recaps of the BEA Blogger Conference/floor that I thought were fantastic and for the most part really agreed with from Molly, Janice, and Ana.

I just wanted to take a little time out to talk about how important this community is to me.  Prior to BEA, I was really struggling to blog.  When I began blogging, I was unemployed and had recently finished my masters.  I looked at it as a way to keep busy and feel productive while I job-searched.  Though I’m still job-searching as far as libraries go, I am now working full time when you add multiple part-time jobs together, and this makes dedicating the time I once did to blogging impossible.  The last few months have been rough.  I’ve had car problems and health problems, both of which result in money problems, and certainly motivation problems.  I was very close to calling it quits here at my corner of the blogosphere, but I decided to hold out for BEA.

BEA reminded me why I’m here.  I’m here because of all of you.  The readers, the bloggers, the authors–every part if this community that reminds me that I’m not alone in my unabashed love of books and (almost) everything that comes with them.  I had such a good time meeting and chatting with other bloggers, I was excited to blog again!  Every time an author said they knew/read my blog, I about fainted with happiness.  The reminder that these great creative minds are out there making things I can nerd over made me once again excited to talk about these things online.  I love being engaged in this community, so thank you.  All of you.  The quiet lurkers, the random sumble upons, the bloggers, the commenters, the Tweeters, the publishers, the authors–everyone.  I am here because of you.

Also, I hadn’t yet posted pics anywhere of my BEA Book Haul so here goes (this includes books from Blogger Con and the Teen Author Carnival):


See something you’re dying to read?  Let me know.  Chances are, if it’s not signed, I’ll be happy to send/loan it to you.  The bound manuscript is The Winner’s Curse.  MacMillan, you are awesome!

I know I said I’d get less books this year, and I did, but I still ended up with over 40.  I blame blogger con and the extra day, or I wouldn’t have gone over 30.  Still, huge thanks to all of the lovely publishers and authors who took time out for us at BEA.  While I did find it more organized this year, I also felt that the only publishers who had time to talk to me were smaller ones.  It’s not that the bigger pubs were rude, they were just constantly corralling lines.  I’m continually astounded by the kindness of authors, however, and so many that I met were wonderful.  I was particularly shocked at the open friendliness of Brandon Sanderson, who is such a huge name, but still took the time to talk to everyone and sign not one but two books for each of us.  And I got to see Neil Gaiman, so my heart is full.

Anyway, I promised to keep this short and non-redundant, so checking out now.  But again, thank you.  I’ll be hoping to run into many of you at events in the future!


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  1. Estelle says:

    So glad that BEA had this effect on you. :) Also! So happy we got to meet and hang out for awhile and I’m so looking forward to doing it again so so so soon. :)

    Hope you continue on your roll with blogging! It is a fantastic community that can be smart, fun, and refreshing all the time. xo

    • Heidi says:

      I’m so glad I got to meet you as well, Estelle! I really hope to see you around at book events, I love other local bloggers, and particularly someone who understands Long Island. 😛

  2. happy you had a great time. enjoy all those reads

  3. janicu says:

    I’m so with you in feeling like there’s nothing like connecting to other book bloggers in real life to make you want to blog again. I was feeling like I was dragging my feet to go to BEA but after it I felt a lot better (it helped that it felt like the blogger con had improved since last year), and wanted to keep connecting to people online. And I’m actually feeling more motivation to comment on other people’s posts too. Somehow I just.. got really lurky in the past 5 months. Now I’m all revved up and want to discover new blogs and books and people. I need to work on my actually writing reviews though. :) But I’m actually working on that instead of putting it off, so it’s progress!

    • Heidi says:

      I was too! I kept whining that I didn’t even feel like going, but of course I was happy once I did. I’ve been getting more and more lurky lately myself, it’s just hard to find that extra time!

      I’m totally with you on the review front, though. Stack keeps getting bigger…

  4. elena says:

    Oh gosh, I TOTALLY know how you feel re: blogging. BEA really reinforced my love for books and it was so great to finally MEET everyone. I’m so glad I got to meet you!!

    I spy a cute lil Vicious trading card! I think that and Antigoddess are the two I’m most sad about not getting but it’s totally fine because there are always other books. Let me know how they are though! I also didn’t know Quintana of Charyn was there, whaaat. I have all three books checked out from my library and I am v excited to read it. :)

    • Heidi says:

      Yes! It was so great to meet you, and I’m glad that BEA influenced you so positively as well. I’m sorry you missed out on Antigoddess and Vicious! Those were two I waited in really long lines for that I don’t think they handed out any other time. I got Quintana at the book blogger convention on Wednesday, I was really happy because I didn’t own it yet and had only read the ARC!

  5. Chachic says:

    I’m SO glad BEA energized you! You’re definitely not alone in feeling like it would be a good idea to quit blogging when real life gets in the way of things. I felt like that when I moved from Manila to Singapore last year, I was just so overwhelmed. But I realized that I would never stop reading and it makes me happy to share my love of books with fellow bloggers. I love the community for the reasons that you mentioned. Like you said, I’m amazed at how kind people can be (like how you sent me a SIGNED copy of Rose Under Fire – I still can’t get over that). In case you need more encouragement, I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog. I think we have similar tastes in books and I’ve picked up books based on your recommendations (e.g. I’m currently in the middle of House of Shadows). I also think your features are awesome, particularly “You’re more than just a book to me.” So even though I don’t always get to comment, I hope you know that I enjoy dropping by your blog and reading your posts.

    • Heidi says:

      I completely agree! I’m never going to quit reading and wanting to talk about books with people, so I’m not going anywhere, just going to work at my own pace.

      And thank you SO MUCH for you kind words about my blog, Chachic! It’s so nice to hear those sorts of things, and makes me feel like it’s so worth it. :)

  6. I think its’s awesome that BEA refreshed you! It was my first and it was awesome! I think I speak for my fellow authors when I say THANK YOU for all you do!

  7. Holly says:

    Phew. I’m glad that your blogging life isn’t in danger any more. You would be missed terribly. But I totally understand the feelings. I’ve struggled with blogging off and on for the part year, just powering through the weeks it was stressful and felt like an obligation. I just can’t ever commit to quitting indefinitely. As you say, I’d miss the community too much.

    • Heidi says:

      Awe, thanks, Holly! Yes, I think I’ll definitely still take breaks and maybe not worry about reviewing so much, but I just don’t know that I could leave this community.

  8. Aww, it’s so sweet that BEA is so influential – I really need to go! It seems like such a wonderful experience and the fact that it keeps reminding you of why you started blogging and keeps the love for this community strong is fantastic. Also: those books all look great! I really need to read something by Sanderson this summer – I am dying for a taste of his work. Lovely post, Heidi! :)

    • Heidi says:

      It’s tough when you’re still in school. I hope that when you’re in college you’re able to swing it! I really need to read something by Sanderson as well…I feel like The Rithmatist is a good non-intimidating place to start.

  9. Bonnie says:

    That’s awesome that it had such a rejuvenating effect on you!! BEA is definitely something on my Bucket List that I hope to be able to do someday. You have tons of good looking ones on there… Dream Thieves, Antigoddes.. the Rithmatist! Hope you enjoy your new reads!!

    • Heidi says:

      I’ve already read both Dream Thieves and Antigoddes and LOVED them! I’ll be posting reviews for both in September (or at least closer to their release). I do recommend BEA to everyone at least once if they can swing it, though it is pretty overwhelming.

  10. I love you for this post! I agree that BEA was so inspirational. I loved the rush of being around people who get who I am as a reader and blogger. It was an incredibly freeing experience to not have to feel defensive when I tell people how much I read, or need to over explain why I read YA. Also, you were the first person I met this year! Thank you for making me feel welcome and a part of the community. Next year we’ll have to hang out more.

    However, I’m feeling very overwhelmed with all the books that I’ve gotten and less like blogging these days, but I think it’s more of a summer thing. I’m happy you’ve been inspired though! I always look forward to your insightful opinions about books.

    • Heidi says:

      Thank you, Lauren! I’m SO glad that I got to meet you!! I really hope we get to hang out more in the future. I totally understand the summer, kick back, don’t feel like blogging thing! I’ve been enjoying that quite a bit myself, and even though blogging’s gotten better, writing reviews is still a bit like pulling teeth these days.

  11. VeganYANerds says:

    Go you! I haven’t been online much but I am happy to know that other bloggers feel like me because I am struggling to write reviews, to comment on blogs, even to read – everything feels like a chore. I think I want to be back in holiday mode :)

    I am going to try and get motivated, your post will be my inspiration!

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, thanks! Even though I AM feeling more motivated to blog again, I’m still haven’t a hard time getting motivated to write reviews especially. Been having fun finding OTHER things to do though!

  12. I loved reading this mainly because I feel the same. I haven’t read books this consistently in a few months and let’s not talk about posting. BEA TOTES rejuvenated me and made me feel happy and comfortable with blogging again. Reminded me it’s something I love and reinforced how great a part of my life it is, especially since it led me to befriend you, Heidi, and so many others. *fist-bumps* I SO AGREE. And I’m so happy that you feel a little bit better about doing your thing here at Bunbury, because I would be IMMENSELY and INCREDIBLY sad if you decided to stop. No pressure 😛 <3 <3

    • Heidi says:

      I’m so glad that BEA refreshed you as well!! It’s totally led me to meeting so many amazing people in life, I’m so glad that blogging is something that we do. And I’m glad to know you’d miss me!

  13. Aw I’m glad you decided to stay, Heidi! I’d miss reading your reviews. I’m sorry you’ve been struggling with some real-life issues, but I hope they’re able to be resolved soon. Blogging is definitely a lot of work, but I try to remind myself that it’s for me, and that I should blog as much or as little as I want. And I’m sure you tell yourself the same.
    Your BEA haul looks amazing! I hope you enjoy reading all of those books. :)

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Amanda! I think I would have missed everyone, but it’s so overwhelming sometimes to keep up with everything. I DO remind myself to just do what I can, and don’t stress out about not being able to do more. I don’t get paid, so no reason to break my neck, right?

  14. I enjoy blogging not only because of my love with books but also because of my love to express my feelings and to share my experiences. I commend your passion in books.

  15. Can I just tell you how awesome it was to spend time with you at BEA this year? Seeing you and waiting on lines with you MADE. MY. DAY. I loved how excited you got when I told you I was audio’ing Leviathan. Losing that kind of passion and excitement about books would have been an absolutely SUCKY loss to us all.
    But listen: I completely understand what it’s like to go from blogging while job-searching, finding work that’s not what you wanted to find, and having that take away time from something that you really grew to enjoy. We’re in the same boat, friend. I’m so sorry that all of those real-life stinkers are falling on you lately, but I’m SO very glad that going to BEA lit your blogger fire again.
    And seriously, don’t tease me with The Winner’s Curse. And Antigoddess. I have too many things to read already, lol.

    • Heidi says:

      Amy, I get so happy every time I get to hang out with you!!! I do get really excited about things like Leviathan, I’m a bit of an unabashed geek that way. 😛

      More Antigoddess teasing tomorrw–SORRY! But yes, you totally understand I know because you’ve gone through the same thing time-wise. I’m so glad we’re both still here!

  16. I’m glad you didn’t quit…or I wouldn’t have met you! <3 I just finished THE WINNER'S CURSE about a week ago, and oooh… Hope you read you it soon!!

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Bonnie! And OMG I really need to read The Winner’s Curse. I keep not thinking about it because it’s so far into the future, but every time I hear about it I hear GREAT things.

      • I know! I almost didn’t, either. But oh, the temptation!

        I met the author at an event in the fall and she talked about the book a little. I wanted it then. I couldn’t help myself. But…now I have to wait for a sequel!

  17. Awww, I’m glad that BEA has revitalized your blogging spirit. I would hate to see you go. Also, I started blogging at the same stage of life (while depressed by the library job market and being ignored by every library where I applied) and for the same reason.

    I agree that the publishers didn’t seem all that interested in talking. I was all set to network, but they were largely uninterested. Le sigh.

    Oooh, Chuck Palahniuk. *eyes*

    • Heidi says:

      Yup, the library market SUCKS! *sigh*

      I’m glad to find another Chuck Palahniuk fan in the crowd! I feel like he’s somewhat of a rarity among my blogoshpere friends.

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