Oh, God, you guys. Today's challenge in April's 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge is making me into such a freak. Like, I do not even know how to proceed right now.
Day 3: Who are your blogging BFFs?
You know that kid in the movies, the one who thinks everyone is their friend and they're actually laughing behind that kid's back? And then that kid finds out about it and it makes you feel like crap when you watch it? I'm feeling that kid's anxiety right now. I seriously don't want to be that girl who calls out names, and then have those people step back and think, "Really? She thinks we're friends?"
The thing is, I'm better at socializing with strangers than I am with maintaining friendships. I would love to be on Twitter every day talking to peeps I consider friends, but that isn't the reality. I don't know these people inside-out, but I've talked with them enough, they've become fixtures enough in my blogging life that I think I can safely call them friends. They were the first people I thought of at this question.
So, please, if I'm not your friend, you're practically morally obligated not to tell me so XD. That would be embarrassing.
Let's start with Heidi and Mandee
I don't know how I started following Heidi from Bunbury in the Stacks, I don't remember who commented on who's blog first. I remembered following her for a while and enjoying what she had to say, even if we didn't always agree with each other's opinions. That's the beauty of our relationship when it comes to each other's reading tastes: we can sit and read each other's reactions and converse about them, respect and appreciate them even if we're opposed on a book. Though, it's always awesome when we fangirl over the same book. Which brings me to Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen. I believe that's what cemented my love of her blog, and it made me geek out (still does) that she cited me as one of the reviews for the book to pay attention to.
As for Mandee from Vegan YA Nerds, I would always do my best to catch her reviews. If you've never seen them, they're super unique, especially with the cat pictures featuring the books in them. But what I made sure never to miss were her book haul vlogs. The fascination started with her Aussie accent and then just escalated when we began geeking out over the same books. Our friendship started with mutual commenting on and love for each other's vlogs.
But, more recently, the thing that's made me really feel like I can label them as friends is not only due to our rendezvous in New York for Book Expo America but also because we had such a marvelous time together. While I can't speak for them, I felt completely comfortable with both of them, talking about books and bloggers and blogging. Talking about aspects of our lives. Eating, geeking, walking, and hanging together. I guess I could be overestimating the fun we had, but I don't think so. The three of us clicked and I only hope we can get together soon (I did get to see Heidi fairly quickly after BEA, yay!).
Then there's Brodie, Sarah, Sam, Liz, and Cait
Ladies who I met all around the same time. I don't quite remember how each of these friendships started but I remember the important stuff. Brodie, Sarah, and I all pretty much comment alike. We sound crazed, spasmodic, and cheerful. We'd make each other laugh with our comments, then we'd laugh once we brought our conversations to Twitter. They would threaten me if I didn't read Harry Potter, I'd send them stick figure me pictures with me doing something ridiculous to tell them I adore them. We have a whacky sense of humor that most people would O_O at. I miss them like crazy, and I wish I got to talk to them more.
With Sam, we typically comment on each other's blogs very frequently, and when you see someone around that often, it not only makes you feel warm inside but gives you someone familiar to talk to who enjoys a lot of the same things you do. We do have our difference in opinions, one of us usually loving a book more or less than the other, but we have quite a few mutual loves like Throne of Glass, Shadow and Bone, Unspoken *hisses*, Morganville, The Demon Trappers, The Assassin's Curse and I do believe I could go on. We've discussed so many books, and I look forward to talking with Sam every time. Speaking of The Assassin's Curse, which is not exactly an excellent segue but sufficient enough, Cait, Liz, and I love some of the same books as well.
I want to say I met Cait through Liz, who I would talk to a lot more when we were both still in high school (oh, the days when we didn't have to worry about college/uni, Liz). There were so many topics of conversation, especially because Liz and I were going through the same troubles and worries school-wise. And then there's the fact that we both simultaneously watched and loved The Legend of Korra as total Avatar fans. Cait and I started up with commenting as well, and developed much like how my friendship with Sam did. Cait is also one of the people who convinced me to read Jellicoe Road. That makes her a goddess if you didn't know.
Thanks for talking to me, guys, you made an impact.
And you? Who are your blogging friends? Am I one of them? Because that would be funny. In a good way. And probably cool.