Friday, September 17, 2010

BBAW #5-- Future Treasure

This entire week has been a blur for me, with my husband training for a new job and having a completely different work schedule (which made me scramble for blogging time), learning that Casa Kittling may be having lots of winter visitors, and plenty of other bits and bobs.

This last Book Blogger Appreciation Week topic is:

We want to hear all about your FUTURE treasures.  We’ve been visiting each other and getting to know each other better…now is your chance to share what you enjoyed about BBAW and also what your blogging goals are for the next year!

The highlight of any BBAW for me is wandering around the community and discovering new-to-me bloggers, as well as reading interviews so I can get to know better new and familiar faces. Anything else has always been icing on the cake. 

One thing that I particularly enjoyed this year is the seeming lack of controversy. This can be attributed to a monstrous amount of very hard work from all those volunteers behind the scenes. All complaints from previous years were listened to and solutions were found. With this hard work and dedication, BBAW can't help but improve and grow for many years to come.

What are my blogging goals for next year? I tried something new this year and have participated in a few reading challenges. My favorite has been the 2010 Global Reading Challenge which has really encouraged me to read books set in other countries. Since I limited myself to crime fiction, it's been fun finding mysteries set in countries I haven't "visited" yet.

Although I have had some fun with reading challenges, if I do participate in any in 2011, it may be my own. I've been batting around the idea of hosting my own reading challenge. We'll see what happens!

I'll be continuing my weekly Scene of the Blog, the Weekly Link Round-Up, and the monthly new mystery releases, and I have a couple of ideas for other weekly/monthly features that I'm working on. I have to be careful. I don't want this blog to attempt to stage a coup. If it becomes Work or takes up way too much time, I'll scale it back. 

People have said that reading is sexy, that reading is an adventure. I won't argue with either of those. For me reading has always been fun, and at the first sign of it no longer being fun, I'll find the party pooper who's spoiling my fun and kick it out of Casa Kittling!

This week has been very special to me for one reason in particular. Someone discovered Kittling: Books this week and has fallen in love with it-- going way back into the archives, exploring every nook and cranny, and commenting like mad.

It's a blogger's dream, to have someone fall in love that way. I thank that person for making this week so special, and I want to make it known that I intend to do as much as possible to continue the love affair. 

Life is good! Long live BBAW!



  1. You're so right about BBAW - it's the people who make it special. The lack of controversy this year was so refreshing.

  2. That's right...when it's no longer fun, it's, well, no longer fun! Love what you got goin' on here now, but I do look forward to seeing what kind of book challenge you might have.

  3. Oh, and that Summer Memoir picture is fabulous!! I want it.

  4. I'll definitely keep an eye out to see if you decide to host your own challenge.

  5. Congratulations on that, you are right that is a bloggers dream :) Wonderful goals, and I hope things become less hectic for you soon!

  6. What a dream come true! How fabulous. I can't wait to see what challenges you might have in store and I love the new-release feature. I wish I could focus my reading by genre but I'm like a kid in the candy shop and I want it all.

  7. Like Beth F., I'm a hopelessly eclectic reader, but hey it works for me!

    I hope Denis likes his new job, and I'll be watching to see what's up for you this coming year.

  8. Kathy-- I can't wait to see what's in store for next year!

    Lynne-- I'll keep that in mind! Deborah DeWit has a boatload of art that I would love to have hanging on my walls!

    Lola-- Are you one of the many Challenge Junkies? ;)

    Amy-- Actually things aren't that hectic... just turned on their ear for a bit. The hectic part is coming this winter!

    Beth-- There's a lot more I want besides crime fiction, but I don't talk about it as much. ;)

    Barbara-- Six weeks' training, so it will be a while before we really know how well it's going, and I look forward to your continued presence here at Casa Kittling. :)

  9. It is wonderful when you find a new dedicated follower like that :)

  10. Iris-- It certainly gives me incentive to continue to improve!


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