Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thank you for the BBAW Love! And a little love of my Own

Everyone else is writing about their nominations so I feel I should. I really struggle with this part of BBAW because I do so much of the organization. On the other hand, most people who would think to nominate me know this and I want to respect the appreciation of my readers.

So...I want to say thank you for all the nominations I received. I withdrew from a few categories and didn't come anywhere close to shortlisting in others, and I was really surprised to shortlist in categories determined by panel. (the others were determined by popular nomination--which have nothing to do with how good a blog this actually is)

But also I want to say that I've seen people upset about the shortlists. I was surprised with each and every shortlist. And you know what? I think that's good! I think it shows we did have diverse panels who weren't influenced by the bloggers in my favorites folder. (and let me tell you. They really weren't influenced by the blogs in my favorites folder. A whole huge stinking heap of my favorite blogs didn't shortlist) I think if you looked at the list and thought. Yes that's exactly right, then something would be wrong because this here book blogosphere? It's bigger than any one person has time to keep up with. That's not to say I think we had a flawless system and yes of course there will be changes, but I think every blogger who made a shortlist should feel proud of their accomplishments. :) I have a few more thoughts about awards, but I think I'll save them for a time long after this BBAW has closed.

Anyway, here's where I was nominated:

Best Spiritual/Inspirational or Religious Book Review Blog
Thank you so much! I feel there are much better reviewers out there so this one really really touched me. To be honest I have always felt like I don't quite fit in with the Christian reviewers and because I review a lot of Christian books I don't quite fit in with the general book blogs. So it means a lot to me. The others nominated are absolutely fabulous blogs I already read! 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews, Callapidder Days, Semicolon, and A Novel Menagerie.

And for your consideration (this is like those clips they show at the Oscars...and actually the way actors submit one episode for Emmy consideration is how I got this idea) the posts I submitted to the panel:

Reviews: The Passion of Mary Margaret by Lisa Samson, Tender Grace by Jackina Stark, Breaking Up is Hard to Do by Anne Dayon and May Vanderbilt
Faith 'n' Fiction Saturday: The Pastor Character
Reflections: What Christmas Means to Me

Most Eclectic Taste
I do have eclectic taste!
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen
Christmas Wedding by Tracy Wolff
Passion of Mary Margaret by Lisa Samson (again)
The Ruins by Scott Smith
And as luck would have it, I'm nominated alongside some other fabulous people: Books on the Nightstand, Ms. Bookish, Pop Culture Junkie, and Presenting Lenore.

I was also nominated for most prolific blogger, most altruistic blogger, Best Community Builder, and Best Blog Post.

If you think I fit any of the categories above, I sincerely appreciate your support. But I want you to vote for the blogs you love, and the ones you are think are deserving.

Now, I want to take a minute to give a very big thank you to the awards committee. I have been really torn about this due to some of the accusations that have gone around. I know some committee members feel their integrity has been called into question and there are just absolutely no words for how sad that makes me. But I think they deserve recognition for all the work they did. Here's what they did: Starting in January we developed a process for the awards to try to make them more fair than last year and hammered out the awards categories. Then I hit a big snafu with developing the blog and that delayed everything. So we are definitely aware of he time crunch we were working on. The committee tracked nominations, sent letters to the nominees, answered their questions, collected their urls, put them into a spreadsheet, went around and collected the 5 most recent posts of blogs that didn't respond, put together the scorebooks for their panels, sent them off, scored blogs themselves, collected their panelists scores, determined the shortlist and sent it to me, not to mention dealt with hundreds of e-mails flying around between us. They took time off work, worked through family emergencies, ended their vacations early, and sacrificed more than just their free time to do this. We are talking MANY MANY HOURS. There is simply, absolutely, no way any of them would have done this for a little badge they can put on their blog. And especially not if somehow threw the results to get it. They did it because they love YOU. And that's a love you can choose to accept or reject. So ladies and gentlemen, here are the people I would go to bat for any day of the week on issues of integrity and work ethic, who have humbled me with their commitment, and who are top notch in every way. I hope you love them as much as I do.

Elizabeth of As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves
Julie of Booking Mama
Rebecca of The Book Lady's Blog
Swapna of S.Krishna's Books
Ann of Books on the Nightstand
Florinda of the 3 R's Blog
Sheri of A Novel Menagerie
Lu of Regular Rumination
Trish of Hey Lady! Whatcha' Readin'?
Dar of Peeking Between the Pages
Lenore of Presenting Lenore
Deborah of Books, Movies, Chinese Food
Michelle of Galleysmith

Many, many thanks ladies. We owe you a huge debt of gratitude.



Debbie's World of Books said...

Congrats on all your nominations and all the great work! I think you definitely deserved them all and I already looked through a few of the categories and know I'm definitely voting for you in at least two of them.

Thea said...

Congrats Amy on your nominations and for making the shortlist! It is much deserved. But more importantly, thank you and all the folks on the Awards Committee for putting together this wonderful event and for taking the time to make this work. You are all fabulous, and we appreciate everything you do for us book bloggers!!!!

Melody said...

Congrats on all your nominations, Amy! They're all well-deserved!

And a BIG thank you for putting this BBAW together! You ladies are awesome!

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

Congratulations Amy on your nominations! I knew this had to be a ton of work and now when I see you explain here how much work - all the way back to January... wow.

I really appreciate all you do to make this happen... it has been exciting to watch it roll out.

Thank you to the hard working committee as well. :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your nominations - and many thanks to you and your volunteers for putting this together!


Sandy Nawrot said...

I had the pleasure to work with Eli for my panel, and she was incredible. I would send her an e-mail and she would respond within 10 minutes, so I KNOW she was at her computer almost the entire time. My breath was taken away when I saw the list of panelists, and the thought of what it took to herd us all, like cats, towards the finish line. I'm interested in your thoughts on the whole thing Amy, but you should know that I send you all lots of love and appreciation for your dedication to the cause.

Ana S. said...

Congratulations on all your nominations, Amy! And many thanks to you and the committee for all the work you've done.

Michelle said...

Amy your nominations are well deserved!

I thank *you* for your dedication to books and book bloggers. You've worked harder than us all! It has been my pleasure and honor to work with you on this project and my absolute pleasure to work for better recognition of the book blogging community even more. I'm grateful to have had the experience and, like you, would go to bat for anyone of the people who helped with this year's events. Here's to a great week coming up and many more in the future!

Beth Kephart said...

You, Amy, are everything we all say you are, and more. Congratulations and many thanks to this team of yours.

Elizabeth said...

It was such a pleasure to work with these incredible bloggers. They were so welcoming, and committed, and willing to help when I needed a hand. It was such a great experience - thanks for letting me play along!

Beth F said...

Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap for the committee!! And cheers and standing ovations to you.

Julie P. said...

You (and really all the volunteers) have done such an amazing job with BBAW. You deserve each and every award you were nominated for! I agree that there were lots of surprises (and new to me blogs) but that is part of the fun of BBAW.

Lezlie said...

Nice job, everyone! I can't even imagine getting this all worked out.


bermudaonion said...

You and the awards committee totally rock! I can only imagine how much work it was and each and every one of you deserve a standing ovation. Congratulations on making so many shortlists.

Jenners said...

Congrats and your well-deserved awards ... and kudos to the BBAW award team ... everyone did an awesome job! This was a ton of work and you guys do it out of love!

Florinda said...

Congrats on all of your well-deserved nominations!

No argument, it's been a LOT of work, but I have really enjoyed being a part of what makes BBAW happen, and you can count on me to help out again next year :-).

KT Grant said...

Amy, thank you so much for your hard work. Without you, I would have never known the amount of incredible blogs out there.

You seriously are an inspiration and I salute you!

Literary Feline said...

Congratulations on your nominations, Amy! Good luck! BBAW is such a good idea. I can hardly wait for next week!

Lorin @arch thinking said...

Many thanks to you and all your helpers, Amy!

By the way, nice shout-out in Shelf Awareness today.

Sherry said...

Thank you, Amy and all the panelists, for al your hard work on this year's BBAW. I know it's discouraging to get criticism when you've worked so hard, but I say ignore the negativity (which hadn't reached my corner of the world anyway) and keep on going. You're doing something great.

Ryan said...

Congrats on your nominations and thank you for all the hard work you put into this event. I also want to thank the others who were involved. They deserve a lot of appreciation from those of us who sit around and enjoy the fruits of yours and their labor.

I'm new to the blogging community. I've only had my blog for about 2 months and I must say I was a little surprised and dismayed by some of the things being said by some disgruntled people. However I must say that for the most part the people I have met are some of the kindest and caring people on the planet and those that can't appreciate that, can keep their grumbling to themselves.

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Meghan said...

Thanks to all of you for your hard work! And congrats on your shortlists, Amy, because they are very well-deserved.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! And because it can't be said enough...thank you for BBAW.

ANovelMenagerie said...

I (heart) AMY!

Thank you for all that you said. You are wonderful... and now, forever... my BBAW Mama!
(It rhymes when you say it aloud!).


And, congrats on the short-listin'! You're going to kick my butt in this category!


Jenny Girl said...

Congrats to you and all of the committee for a job well done. There are always going to be nay-sayers and Debbie Downers. SO don't let them get to you. YOu have all done an amazing job :)

S. Krishna said...

Aww, thank you! This is such a sweet post! Congratulations on your nomination - you totally deserve it.

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