Thursday 26 May 2011

Armchair BEA: Blogging Relationships

Ahh,  relationships. Infinitely easier to carry out online than in real life, because you can read tweets and emails and comments at your leisure, and not have someones words and thoughts thrust upon you when you're not in the frame of mind to actually listen. Or maybe that's just me...
But anyway. I'm meant to describe to you one relationship that I have with another blogger, and I am going to, whilst also combining that with my favourite bloggers- to be honest, there is a fair amount of overlap between the bloggers I have the best relationships with and my favourite blogs, because I basically stalk my favourite bloggers on twitter until they follow/talk to me back! That's not creepy at all, right? So, here is a breakdown of my relationships with other bloggers (clearly love you all guys!)

First of all, and quite obviously, there's my blogging bff Jenn of Booksessed, with whom I have the best relationship out of all the blogging land. I think the moral behind our friendship is always comment on blogs, and/or add the lovely commenter on twitter and say things to each other! I'm so glad that I did this with Jenn, since we now email regularly, and I feel like I can tell her literally anything, and hopefully she feels the same about me! In a more cynical sense, this relationship I think is also great in terms of promoting each others blogs, because we just generally like each other so much that we end up going "Jenn recommended this to me, go see her blog!" and vice versa. A friend and blog promotion all in one? Awesome stuff!

Then, there is the wonderful Christina of Reading Thru The Night. Even though (and I don't think I've ever told her this!) I don't approve of her spelling of through (love you Christina!) I do love her blog and her general amazingness. Our relationship went a little something like this- I stalked her on twitter (this is going to sound so familiar in a little bit), we shared a mutual admiration of Tim Gunn one time, and then I answered her pleas for a guest post, because, you know, I needed something to do! This was actually a really good move I think, getting my followers (of which I probably had about 10!) to Christina's blog, and her followers to mine. Also, I love and adore her and want to move to Florida and hang out with her lots! That's cool, right (I want Jenn to be there too, I just don't really want to move to Maine because it seems to snow all the time there!)

Then there's Jennifer of Literary Endeavours. Our relationship is not as close as mine with Jenn or Christina, but I have a special place in my heart for her because I remember her being one of my very first blog followers and commenters, which completely heartened me and convinced me it would be a good idea to carry on blogging and getting little boosts of self esteem from people saying lovely things to me. I also joined Shelfari just so that I could get involved in a discussion of Tess of the D'Urbervilles that she was hosting. Little known and very weird fact: we started our blogs on the very same day. If that's not some kind of fate, then I don't know what is!

My absolute favourite female blogger has to be Alley of What Red Read, who almost always writes about books that I love, or want to read (or, alternatively, makes me not want to read them depending on her opinion of them). I honestly comment on her blog more than any other, and she probably thinks I'm a little bit of a stalker, which obviously I am! I like to think that we have a good mutual blogging relationship though- more often than not I see her commenting on my blog, and we have some very nice twitter conversations too that convince me that we're probably quite similar... and that means I'm totally awesome too, right? (Nobody say no!)

My favourite male blogger, and I assume that he knows this because I do go on about it all the time, is Adam of Roof Beam Reader. He's so unbelievably smart and funny, and his reviews just make me sort of go '...woah!' in their amaingly writtenness. His blog is also one of the ones that actually inspired the creation of my own (as well as the massive urge to take part in The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesdays!) and, as such, I've built up a sort of celebrity level of love for him in my brain so that, whenever he replies to a tweet of mine I feel all excited and happy because 'Omg, Adam just like spoke to me!!' It's definitely pretty sad, but hey, that's how I roll.

So, there you go, a bit about blogging relationships, a bit about blogs that I love. Since my blog is basically just a fun thing for me (much as I would love it to be my job, since I could do it at home in my pyjamas!), I'm not really looking to network anyway, but just to meet some awesome people with whom I can discuss books. And I've got those kinds of relationships all sorted, so I'm good!


  1. Laura! What a nice post - thanks so much for including me. I'm flattered..honored.. humbled.. a tiny bit embarrassed. I'll try to reply to your tweets more often! haha

  2. Literary SOUL MATE!! I love you!! I wrote my post about authors, but I did mention you in the intro and linked your blog. :) I also owe you an email. I'll do that today I promise.

  3. You're too kind (and totally awesome!) Don't worry I don't think you're a stalker. Not unless you start leaving creepy comments. Or start throwing a lot of religious talk in there. haha

  4. Sounds like a nice group of blogger friends you have. :)

    Rather than talk about bookstores, publishers or bloggers, I'm talking about volunteering. Come see what I mean.

  5. Wonderful post. I enjoyed reading your thought & opinions. Looking forward to more post by you this week.