For What It's Worth

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!



I always take this time to thank the bloggers and followers who I’m so thankful to have in my life.

I’ve really struggled to hang in there with this blogging thing the past few years so I have a few special bloggers I want to thank for helping me stick it out and remember why this community is so special.

Geeky Bloggers Book Blog
 The Geeky Blogger – I consider Felicia my blogging role model. She has FUN  with her blog. She takes breaks when she needs to. She spotlights authors,  narrators, bloggers, libraries - not just whatever is trendy. She co-hosts  #fitreaders which keeps me moving and motivated. She has such a healthy  attitude about the whole thing and whenever I start to feel overwhelmed I look  to her to center myself and to remind me why I blog.




Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
 Books for Life – Blodeudd is my unofficial (she doesn’t even know it)        blogging assistant. Because of our time difference she comments on my posts  in the middle of the night (my time) so I wake up to an email from her almost  every morning. It’s the first thing I read everyday. She’s the first to alert me  about a formatting problem or– if I don’t get an email – I know that blogger  didn’t post as scheduled. It's happened a lot! lol And she writes hilariously  honest reviews.



One Curvy Blogger
 One Curvy Blogger – One of the saddest things over the past few years, is  how many of my favorite bloggers have quit. It’s been difficult to find newer  blogs that are honest, review a variety of genres and that are hosted by people  that actually want to connect with readers – not just get hits or fangirl. I  discovered One Curvy Blogger a few months ago (she’s been blogging for 1  yr - but seems much older and wiser) and she has restored my faith. It’s all  the things I love in a blog – fun posts, variety, interaction and through Sarah I  have found several other new blogs to follow.



YA Romantics

 YA Romantics – I’ve been lucky enough to meet Jen in *real life* and  consider her a good friend. I honestly don’t think I would have hung in there  without her. She’s supportive, a great sounding board for those times I've  needed to vent and there isn’t anyone I trust more for sound advice or a  book  recommendation. She’s been around for all the big blogger kerfuffles  over  the years and has a way of bringing me down off the drama llama cliff.




Offbeat YA – Roberta and I don't have much in common when in comes to reading genres but she’s become a good blogger friend. She’s a dedicated supporter of overlooked YA and her fellow bloggers and it’s that enthusiasm that makes her one of the people I’m most thankful for this year. She’s like my own personal cheering squad on the days I need it most. {hugs}

My 5 Monkeys – Julie is one of the bloggers who quit this year. It was sad because she’s been there since the beginning with me but I also get why she needed to. The reason I’m including her in this list anyway is because even though she isn’t blogging anymore it hasn’t changed our friendship one bit. You can make lifelong and real friendships through blogging.

And I want that message to get out there. People have been looking negatively on the book blogging community recently. I can’t even say there isn't good reason because there have been quite a few incidents that have shaken my own resolve, BUT if you seek out the bloggers that fit in with your mindset – they're out there – then this is a hobby that has more rewards than negatives.

And of course that’s not everyone I adore and I don’t want to leave anyone out – so here’s my list of my must visit blogs.

Talk Supe | Herding Cats & Burning Soup | Du Livre | Books and Things | Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf | Shooting Stars Mag | Pen and Paper | Brandi Breathes Books | Boricuan Bookworms | Caffeinated Book Reviewer | Addicted to Romance | It Starts at Midnight | Keionda Hearts Books | Night Owl Book Café | In the Hammock Blog | Fictitious Delicious | Brooke Reports | The Book Swarm | Addicted to Novels

And thank you to @luarroyave for *all the things*! & @LRAtRandom for the zombie/bad movie talk Smile

21 comments:

  1. *smush hugs you into a marshmallow* ooooh, you! *insert all the heart-eyed emoji faces that have ever existed ever right here* you are SO wonderful and i adore the heck out of YOU! I missed you bunches and i'm so glad you stuck with the blogging <3 you are very much needed in this community. I will ALWAYS and FOREVER be so so grateful and thankful you magically appeared in my life. I still refer to you as my blogging mentor and wife :P HA! But seriously, you are one of the kindest souls i have ever had the pleasure of encountering, DON'T EVER CHANGE! (<---if this was a yearbook i'd totes write, "have a great summer! we should totally hang sometime! (even though we probably never would, but people just write that anyway, ya know?)) ANY WHO. THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU! Now, get on outta here and go eat some turkey, ya cutie!

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    1. <333333 you!

      And I missed you SOOOOO much while you were away but you're back and YAY! *throws confetti*

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  2. Awwww thank you!!! *hugs*

    And Happy Thanksgiving! Eat, relax, and know we are all thankful for you too

    I do love getting my blogging done first thing in the morning, and the times I have to take the early shift at work I am all, oh no, Karen must think there is something wrong with the blog ;D

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    1. And after I typed this YOU DID NOT COMMENT on my post Tuesday! lol

      You have a responsibility! hehehe

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  3. Ha a blogging assistant, I love that! There have been so many bloggers that quit and it makes me sad. I was going through my GFC list for the hell of it, and most bloggers that I had followed that way no longer blog. 😭

    I'm so happy that you have this amazing support team, you can't quit on me Karen!

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    1. It is so sad. And it was hard to find people to replace them that blog with the same attitude I have about it. But I did so yay!

      Happy Thanksgiving Amber!

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  5. Thankful for you too girl. Happy thanksgiving

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving. I laughed about Linda @ Books for Life because I wake to her comments each morning. Felecia and Sarah and Jen are all wonderful bloggers and friends. Thanks for the mention :)

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  7. Ooh I made it to the post, I feel important hehe thank you!

    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving obvs. but I'm thankful for you and your friendship...thank you for everything, love you!! Have a nice day.

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    1. OF COURSE you made it to the post! You listen to all my rants lol

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  8. It's amazing, because I feel the same about you! Also, you're the old blogger savvy I turn to for advice (and "old" is not age-related here. LOL).
    Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    "Roberta and I have much in common when in comes to reading genres".
    I suppose you meant to say "don't have" LOL.

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  9. Aw a lot of my favorites on that list :D Hope you're having a lovely Thanksgiving <3

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  10. Aw, thanks for the mention, Karen! I'm so glad you're sticking with blogging. It's important to have fun with what you're doing. I've been blogging on ShootingStarsMag since 2007 so yeah, it's had its ups and downs but I love it!

    I also really love finding new bloggers too - Sarah from One Curvy Blogger is fantastic. :)

    -Lauren

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  11. Aw, thanks for mentioning me!! I'm also so happy that we're friends, both online and in real life. Where are we going to meet this year?

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  12. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! I understand about great bloggers quitting. Which is so sad, I have lost many friends over the past year or so but I also have made many more. Love all the blogs you mentioned...they are fantastic!!

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  13. Ah I'm so thankful for being your friend too and thanks for understanding the why of not blogging anymore. You are so awesome as a friend.

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  14. I love this post and what a great reminder that we really are a community and there are so many great bloggers out there!!

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