Friday, September 18, 2009

It's a Wrap!

I can't believe BBAW is over already! I also can't believe how many months of planning 5 short days takes!

I was thrilled to see so many people enjoying BBAW. I haven't had a chance to read very many posts yet but I hope to over the next week...I am going to Washington D.C. next week for the National Festival of Books (but really I'm just going to hang out with bloggers if I'm being honest--I haven't even looked at the schedule yet and like a complete and TOTAL nerd I'm excited for the tour of the Library of Congress we're going on) so I don't know how much time I'll have.

Like last year, I learned some valuable life lessons while working on BBAW. I suppose it's impossible to devote so much time to something and not learn from it. I plan to blog more personally and more in detail about that later, but I definitely hit some lows on this journey...but I also hit some really great highs!

And I want to take a moment to say a HUGE Thank you to the bloggers who were part of a VERY BIG SURPRISE for me this week. I was completely surprised and deeply touched. I don't think I've even processed what a beautiful gift you've given me. But thank you, Trish, Michelle, Shelly, Rebecca, Ana, Dawn, Katie, Florinda, Laura, Jennifer, Beth, Kristi, Jennifer, Jennifer, Julie, Ann, Kathy, Raych, Wendy, Serena, Swapna, Jill, Kristina,
TLC Book Tours, and Sheri.

It was completely unnecessary but very much appreciated. I really really thank you and I got teary when I let it sink in and I want you to know that when I get my new Sony eReader this December that I will be telling you all about it. THANK YOU!!!! I love you!





Amy

40 comments:

ANovelMenagerie said...

Can't wait to hear all about your trip and your new reader in December!

Book Chick City said...

I really enjoyed my first BBAW, thank you to you and your friendly elves for all your hard work. I really enjoyed it and look forward to next year. I'm glad you enjoyed it too, for the most part :)

Ana said...

: D

You are very welcome and I can't wait to hear your final thoughts on BBAW.

Michael Kindness said...

Thank you so much for creating BBAW and all of the hard work you put into it! We Book Bloggers appreciate it and YOU!

lilly said...

You did a fantastic job and I am positive that 99% (I really hope it's 100%) of bloggers out there realize and appreciate you and what you've done.
Thank you for this fantastic event and I can't wait for the next year already.

Meghan said...

Thank you for doing this for us! You did a wonderful job putting this whole week together and I think we all appreciate enormously all the effort you've put in. It was a fantastic week.

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

Amy, you are amazing and BBAW was so much fun this week. As a first-time participant, I loved every minute, and it was evident in how smooth everything seemed to go how much planning and organization this took. You deserve a pat on the back (and that e-reader!) Thank you, Amy!!!

bermudaonion said...

We love you and appreciate all the time you devote to the community, Amy. YOu deserve so much more than any of us could afford to give you.

Florinda said...

It's been a great week - thank you for masterminding the festivities! (And I have a slight idea of how much work is involved...but I'll be back on the team next year, if you want me!)

I'm so glad you'll enjoy your gift, once you're able to use it :-).

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

I had so much fun this week and met many (more) wonderful bloggers and blogs. Thanks Amy _ I know I can not even imagine the amount of time and effort that goes into something like this.

Thank you!

wordlily said...

Oh, hooray! I'm happy for you.

Beth F said...

No, Amy, thank *you* -- you are the best and deserve every good thing.

Ann Kingman said...

Amy, the amount of thought, energy, dedication and most of all, love that you put into BBAW could never be repaid by any gift. I do so appreciate everything you've done and look on in amazement at all that you do. You handle even the "lows" with more grace than most people handle the "highs." Thank you again.

Holly said...

Thank you. It was a lot of fun for us and a lot of work for you, but it also brings this wonderful community together. Thank you. Thank you!

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Thank you so much Amy. This was my first year participating and I had a blast. Really appreciate all the work it took. You deserve something special - glad you getting a reader.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

This was my very first BBAW and I really enjoyed the experience! Appreciate the efforts you put into making it such a success, Amy. It really inspired me to do even more with books on my blog. (I'm an author, but I do feature authors, book excerpts, virtual tours, etc. on my blog. Now I would really like to do more book reviews as well - those are a little few & far between.)

And that was a wonderful gift from your fellow bloggers.

Anna said...

This was my first year participating in BBAW, and I had alot of fun. I look forward to next year.

Valerie said...

This was my first time participating in BBAW, and, yes, I had fun. Thanks for your hard work and I also thank all the people who worked with you to make BBAW happen this year!

Julie P. said...

You did a wonderful job with this massive event! Take some time to relax with a good book now that you should have some free time!

regularrumination said...

You totally deserve it! Thank you for everything you've done, and thank you for letting me participating.

Also thank you for understanding how busy I was! I'm so glad I got to participate in the behind the scenes aspect of BBAW. It was such an honor!

heatherlo said...

thank YOU for being so awesome! BBAW was fantastic this year and I'm still amazed at how much work you had to do to get everything done. Everything was perfect.

softdrink said...

Nothing but the best for the best! You put together another fabulous BBAW...thank you!!!

Memory said...

This was a wonderful week for everyone involved. Thank you again for putting together such an amazing event!

Sandy Nawrot said...

It makes me sad to hear that you hit lows, but understand why. You put your heart and soul into this project, and have done so much for the community. You are never going to make everyone happy, I suppose. But you are much appreciated and loved!

Lisa said...

Thanks for all of your efforts. What a great way to bring the community together!

heidenkind said...

Thank you for BBAW, Amy! I had a great time--I only had time to do a fraction of the stuff set up, but I really enjoyed it. :) I'm looking forward to it next year.

Elizabeth said...

Thank you Amy, for creating BBAW and making it even better this year. I loved the articles each day and read them all, and it was my first time tuning in to BlogTalk radio. I called w/ a question but there were too many people ahead of me. I loved hearing everyone's voices!
You sure planned BBAW's timing well to get people revved up for the book festival! Wish I was going.

Beth Kephart said...

Amy, there's not enough that anyone could do for you.

You teach us all about heart.

Much love and safe travels,

Beth

Megan said...

It's definitely been a fantastic week and such a great way to bring together a fast-growing book blogosphere! Thanks for all the hard work you put into it!

Anna said...

Thank you, Amy! It was a blast.

I hope I'll get to meet you at the festival. I'll be going with The Girl, Serena, and her mom. I won't be able to go on the LOC tour, though, since I have to work.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Debbie's World of Books said...

Thank you so much for putting this together! I had a ton of fun. Wish I was able to go to DC. Sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun. Enjoy!

Literate Housewife said...

Enjoy and thanks so much for all your hard work. I know that you've hit lows. Hopefully the highs you've had and the highs of us all will overshadow it as completely as possible. Thanks for the great ride!

trish said...

You deserve a huge thank you, Amy! I can't wait to hear about your highs and lows. :)

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I've only seen the tip of the iceberg of what happens in the background of BBAW - I can't imagine all it has taken to pull this together!

It was a fun week! I think most of us are a little wiped out from reading and writing posts, but it has been like one big party - worth a little lack of sleep (and red eyes) to have enjoyed such a huge celebration of books and blogging!

Have a great time in DC! I'm so happy for all of you who can go (maybe a tad envious :) ), and will look forward to reading all about in in your posts (and pics, please!)

Jenn's Bookshelves said...

Enjoy it!! You totally deserved it!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on a wonderful week Amy. You're hard work is appreciated! I can't wait for you to get here already, LOL

Wendy said...

Thank YOU, Amy - another fabulous BBAW. You deserve a surprise now and then :) Hope you will enjoy your gift when it finally arrives!!

Kristina said...

I had such a great time, I really did and I can't wait to do it again next year! You have created a wonderful community =) Congrats Amy....and you do deserve it =)

Eliza said...

I came across BBAW in my web surfing a few days ago (I'm a newcomer to the book blogging community), and what fun! Thanks for organizing. It's inspired me to expand my book blog reading list...

Jenners said...

I just want to tell you again I think BBAW was awesome! This was my first year participating and it was really fun and enjoyable -- if a bit overwhelming! You certainly provided something for everyone and I'm amazed at what you and your team were able to pull off. I hope to help out next year -- I'm sure it will be even bigger and better. Thank you for all your hard work.

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