Thursday, October 17, 2013 books

  to my Blogoversary week here on "My Life..." where I will be celebrating my second year of blogging with the help of some amazing friends. 
Don't forget to enter my giveaway at the end of this post!
Today's post is brought to you by the lovely Daisy from Between the Pages:

Hi everyone! 
Thank you Karin for asking me to be a part of your blogoversary celebration! I love talking to you on Twitter and am still really sad we didn't get to meet last August! We must remedy this soon!
And in that spirit, I want to talk about community today and branching out, actually meeting other bloggers.

I'm not a social butterfly. I'm not one of those people who walk into a room filled with people they've never met before and instantly feel comfortable. I feel awkward and shy and I either clam up or I start talking A LOT to compensate for this awkwardness. I try to make jokes that aren't always funny. ANYTHING to break the ice, because really, those awkward silent moments that happen (you guys know what I'm talking about right?) when you don't really know each other very well get on my nerves. SO much. 
So to say that it was hugely scary to actually go out and MEET some of the bloggers I've been talking to on Twitter is a bit of an understatement. 

But guys, it was SO much fun! We had a really good time at a picknick in August and then meeting up again to go to a booksale and now we're planning a book club! We're having our first book club meeting in 2 weeks (which means I should reading the book soon actually... crap) and after we started planning this I realised how much I've actually missed this! I missed talking about books with people I meet in real life. Don't get me wrong, I love talking to everyone on blogs and Twitter, but to actually sit down and start a discussion about all the books I've loved and hated and with people who've also read the books is just amazing! I mean, I don't know anyone else who would go with me to see the second Percy Jackson movie and complain to about all the ways they screwed the book-to-movie-adaptation up! 

I was a bit scared to have my blogging life be a part of my every day life, but honestly, BEST DECISION EVER!
So the whole point I'm trying to make: connecting with other readers/bloggers through blogs/Twitter/real life meeting has really brought something extra for me. Reading is not a solitary activity anymore, but something I can talk about with people all over the world and now also with people in the little country I live in as well. You don't need to be a social butterfly to make these connections and you can decide what feels comfortable for you. But if you know of other bloggers living in your area, I'd recommend trying to get together, because bookish people are the best kind of people and very unscary (no big teeth or claws) in real life!

And Karin: HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! *throwns confetti* Have pie/muffin/cake/anything with chocolate to celebrate!

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  1. Awww. I love Daisy! I'm so sad she and I did not get to meet in Delft last Spring. I'm still so mad that I got so sick! A blogger book club sounds like so much fun! I wish I had a big group of book bloggers around here, but there's very few I know of. Maybe we should do an online one and have book talks via Skype!

    1. Oh no, I had the same experience this summer. :(
      One day we'll have a huge book blogger meet-up somewhere - hopefully. The Skype Book Club sounds like a wonderful idea. I vote for giving it a try :)