Wow! I'm actually speechless and that's not any easy thing to accomplish. When I woke up this morning and checked out the BBAW nominations, I was shocked to see that I was nominated for Best Design. You could pretty much say that I was flabbergasted! I'm still scratching my head and trying to figure out how this could have happened.
I knew that I had been long-listed for a few of the categories; and to be totally honest, I wasn't expecting to make the shortlist for any of them because the competition is just amazing. Don't get me wrong, I am extremely flattered to be nominated for anything; but I'm just absolutely, positively in shock!
I was hesitant to even write this post because I am still a little "up-in-the-air" about the entire awards process. I just think there are so many incredible book blogs and bloggers out there; and I'm uncomfortable that a few are being honored. So many fantastic people spend countless hours reading and writing about books; and I truly believe that all blogs have something special to offer to the blogosphere.
When I saw the voting booth, I have to admit that there were more than a few surprises for me -- not only who wasn't on there for certain nominations, but who was (myself included here.) I don't want to downplay anyone's nomination, but the entire BBAW awards process makes me a little sad. There are so many blogs that I absolutely adore and read every day that deserve some kind of recognition too.
Next Monday, we are supposed to write a post thanking and spotlighting our favorite blogs that didn’t make the shortlists. I love this idea and I encourage everyone to do it because it will mean a great deal to those bloggers who weren't officially recognized. In fact, last year's posts from my fellow blogger friends meant more to me than my shortlist nomination this year!
I also want to remind everyone to thank the BBAW Awards Panel. It starts with Amy (of course) but so many bloggers devoted countless hours of their time to this process. It really is a testament to book bloggers and the entire book blogging community. I'm still not sure that anyone realized what they were signing up for, but that's another story!
Oh and I'd be remiss if I didn't remind all of you to vote for your favorite blogs!