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Welcome to Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2011!! It is my favorite event of the year – the time for book bloggers everywhere to come together and celebrate each other and our accomplishments for the past year. Thank you to everyone who made the past twelve months an absolute blast!

While the awards are a fun part of BBAW, they can never accurately represent the depth and breadth of diversity in the book blogging community. Today you are encouraged to highlight a couple of bloggers that have made book blogging a unique experience for you. They can be your mentors, a blogger that encouraged you to try a different kind of book, opened your eyes to a new issue, made you laugh when you needed it, or left the first comment you ever got on your blog. Stay positive and give back to the people who make the community work for you!

Jen from Devourer of Books is my best blogging friend. We met in real life about 18 months ago, as she lives relatively close to my parents’ house, and we formed an instant bond that continues to this day. She remains my go-to person for blogging ideas, contacts, rants, questions, and general blogging help. Through her guidance and support, she has helped me become comfortable in my own blogging skin. I don’t know where I would today without her!

Florinda from The Three R’s Blog, Danielle from There’s a Book, Emily from Emily’s Reading Room, and Tif from Tif Talks Books are my partners in crime for the creation and running of Armchair BEA. Two years ago, the five of us were bemoaning the fact that we could not head to New York with our fellow bloggers for BEA. Our next thought was that why should those in New York have all the fun, and Armchair BEA was born! These ladies maintain a level of excellence and enthusiasm that is difficult to beat, and I love their refreshing honesty. Without their hard work and organizational skills, Armchair BEA would not be half as popular or successful. They have taught me what it means to feel passionate about an event.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention to very special bloggers – Stephanie from Stephanie’s Confessions of a Bookaholic and Chris from Chrisbookarama. I’ve known these ladies for seven years now, as we were/are all members of an online book club devoted to classics. They started blogging two years before I did, so you could say I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them! Stephanie was the first person to comment on my blog and provided so much support and advice that first year, I would have been lost without her. While her personal life has forced her to put blogging on the back burner for a while, there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think of her and her unflagging support of my attempts to blog. Chris is a quiet but steady presence in my life, a true friend even though we have never met in person! Through our connection online and through blogging, we have shared in each other’s successes and mourned our losses. I admire her ability to continue to plug along, not get involved in any drama, and establish a unique and honest voice.

Working with all of these bloggers (and SO many more) has helped me in so many ways. I am forever in their debt!

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