Wow! It was a wild week.
So many people writing and thinking about the state of book blogging. I was lucky to get to read blog posts and comments and see ideas begin to bubble. I watched videos and saw pictures and envied those who actually attended. I missed out of the twitter parties mostly because I have never seen a way to mange participation in them. There was so much energy and kindness. It truly reminded me that the Internet could be a community.
Now having said all of that there was one thing missing. Where were the books? Other than Day Two the posts where about blogging. I liked that. I did. But I missed the books. I am not sure how to fix it. Keeping up with posting is hard enough without suggesting more than one post a day. But I would have like to hear people talk more about the books and a little less about how to get ARCs or how they can get ARCs or how they can make money at this blogging thing.
Now that said there are some people who I will be keeping my eye on. People who seem to blog for the joy of the book not for the sport of the numbers and the ARCs. That is what I will leave ABEA with, a community which is just the tiniest bit larger.