So I know I said my last post was the final BEA post, but now it's time to wrap things up! Before saying anything else, I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone that help put this together! It couldn't have been easy, and I can only imagine myself pulling out my hair if I had tried it myself.
I've been blogging here at Natalie Patalie for a little over a year, I think. Since then, I'd been looking all over the place to find other bloggers that really get me. I joined a few networks and groups, and I kind of did. I met some really great women that were nice, helpful, and didn't find my blog too annoying (always a bonus). But still, they didn't really get me. Most of them were older than me, or mothers (nothing wrong with that, but I can't relate), or just didn't have any of the same interests as me. Armchair BEA has been the first time I've done something with my blog that made me REALLY excited, and the first place where I felt like my blog actually belonged there! People were reading my posts, and they actually had something to say about it other than "That's so nice!" Not that there's anything wrong with those comments (I appreciate every single comment I get!), but it's cool to see people reading my stuff and have their own opinion on it. Not everyone agreed with what I had to say (particularly with my YA post), but that's even better! What's there to talk about if we all have the same opinion? So it should go without saying that I met some really great bloggers this week.
Ok, got a little too emotional there. Sorry, guys.
Anyway, another cool thing about BEA is that it got me to blog SIX times since Monday! I've never blogged that much! I mentioned recently that I wanted to start making myself write more often, and that definitely happened this week. Will I continue writing this often? Probably not. But now I know that I CAN.
This was my first year participating, and at first I just thought it'd be a fun little thing to do. I couldn't go to the real one, and realistically, I won't be going for a really long time. I kind of think I had more fun doing this, though? I don't know, obviously I can't say for sure as I've never been there. I can be really shy sometimes, so I'm not the best at approaching people and making new friends in real life. I feel like I met more great people while sitting here with my laptop, talking to you guys, than I would have at the expo in New York! Does that make me lame? Hahah.
Anyway, enough feelings!
I thought I'd collect all my BEA posts and things I did here for easy access, for those of you that want to check them out. The first link in each day will be the blog post I wrote, the second will be the photo I took for the daily Instagram challenge. Each had their own theme for the day, and I participated in most of both, hahah. There were so many things going on this week, I definitely plan on going back and reading more of everyone else's posts!
Day 1 - Introductions / #MyArmchair My introduction post was one of the Daily Topic winners!
Day 2 - More than Just Words / #Shelfie My picture won the Instagram challenge that day! I was feeling like a lucky girl this week, hahah!
Day 3 - Short Stories / #CurrentBookmark
Day 4 - I didn't post on this day, but the daily topic was to host a giveaway, and I entered a whole bunch!
Day 5 - Middle Grade/Young Adult
Day 6 - Wrapping it Up (you're already here!) / #WhereIArmchairFrom
So I guess that's it, huh? I'm pretty sad to see it all end, but it was a really good week. I can't wait to do it all again next year! Now I'm off to go read before bed. This week has inspired me to read more than ever!
...and since it feels weird to post something without any pictures, here's a gif of a cat getting cozy on some books.