I’m still pretty new to blogging, and I heard about the Book Blogger Appreciation Week for the first time a few days ago, when people started posting about entering. According to the website, BBAW is:
a week long festival celebrating the community of book bloggers and their contribution to preserving a culture of literacy through book reviews and recommendations, reading reflections, and general bookish chat. BBAW also includes an awards component.
I didn’t want to enter, because I don’t really think I’m the “best” in any category, but then there was a clarification made about the registration process. The following is from the BBAW blog:
I suggest that we all think about it as self-registration. The form is simply to register your blog into a particular category. All registered blogs are eligible for awards if you meet the basic requirements (you blog regularly about books,do not charge a fee to feature a book or author), unless you tell us that you do not wish to be considered for a BBAW award. That’s it. By registering, you are not saying that you think you have the best blog, or anything like that. It’s simply registration into a particular category.
Registering for BBAW will allow for the following:
- Inclusion in a Book Blogger Directory that will allow categorization of blogs, so that it will be easy to find blogs in a particular niche.
- Voting by peer group. The initial list of registered blogs in a niche will be voted on by other bloggers within that same niche, to determine the longlist.
- Easy identification of book bloggers who are willing to act as judges for the shortlist phase.
- Easier and more consistent judging across all phases of the process.
So … I take that to read that anyone who wants to be part of the festivities, including being listed in your niche category and helping out with judging. Thus, since I’d like to join in on the fun and the social-ness of that week, I’m officially registering myself with this post.
I’ll be applying to be entered for:
- Best Eclectic Book Blog—This blog doesn’t specialize in any one book genre. It is known for consistently excellent reviews, recommendations, analyses, and other content in a variety of genres. [**For Niche category awards, 3 posts must be reviews, recommendations, or analyses of a specific title; 2 posts are up to the nominated blogger.]
- Best New Book Blog—This blog was launched on or after September 1, 2009. The blogger has already made his or her mark in terms of the quality of the reviews, recommendations, analyses, and other content on the blog; it’s hard to imagine the book blogging world without this blogger. [Note that nominated bloggers for this award are required to submit only 2 posts that are reviews, recommendations, or analyses of a specific title; 3 posts are left to their discretion.]
The requirements for the posts I have to choose are slightly different for those two, so I’m just going to go with the ones for the niche category since that way they’ll both be covered with one set of five posts. Here are the entries I’ve selected to use for my registration:
- The Lit Report by Sarah Harvey (Review)
- The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton (Review)
- Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens – How Canadians are Changing the Way We Eat by Sarah Elton (Review)
- Why Should Teenagers Read Classics? (Classics Circuit)
- Blogging with Social Responsibility (Armchair BEA)
If you haven’t already read those posts, I suggest that you take a look – I think they’re some of my best work so far. I’m definitely looking forward to Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Are you?