Monday, September 7, 2009

What a Huge Surprise!

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!

21 comments:

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

Julie, congratulations on making it to the shortlist! I love your blog, and am so thrilled for you (and everyone else).

Nise' said...

Congratulations!

bermudaonion said...

Congratulations, Julie - I'm not surprised you're on the shortlist at all! I do know what you mean about the awards - everyone who pours their heart and soul into their blogs deserves a pat on the back next week.

softdrink said...

Wahoooooo!!!!!

Florinda said...

Congrats on your shortlist nomination, and thank you for everything you said in this post :-)!

Beth F said...

Congrats on your short list. And I want to second your thoughts about this: PLEASE everyone highlight a blog you love that did not make the short lists. I absolutely plan to.

StephanieD said...

Congratulations!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Congratulations on the shortlist! I know what you mean - I was shortlisted for most concise and I'm thinking, ME? concise?!!! But your blog is beautiful and you deserve the shortlist nomination!!!

Serena said...

Congrats on making the short list.

I ended up having to look some of the blogs up because I don't read certain categories. I had to base my vote on what I saw on their blogs over the last few days or so.

I cannot believe I made the shortlist and I cannot wait to see what blogs are highlighted that did not make the short lists.

Lezlie said...

Congratulations on making the short list!

Lezlie

Beth Kephart said...

You have so much heart!

And that is one of the many reasons we all love you.

Jenn M. said...

Congratulations! I think it's great that the short-listed bloggers are encouraged to blog about other blogs they enjoy.

Everybody can't win every time...don't feel bad! Enjoy it!

Mitzi said...

Congrats and a great job!!! Love your blog.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Karlie said...

Congrats!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on your nomination! Good luck to you :)

Anna said...

Congrats on making the shortlist!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

congrats on the best design shortlist, Julie!

Yes, absolutely highlight a blog (or more than one) that wasn't on the ballot; I've reminded readers about this themed post as well.

There will be a lot going on next week, it's not mainly about the awards!

Amy said...

Ah so this is where you share your true feelings :)

BBAW is about all book blogs. It's a week long celebration of book blogs. And everyone has different aspects of that they enjoy. Some like the awards, some like the giveaways, some like the daily blogging topics. But I think everyone will get some recognition.

Jenners said...

Congrats!!!

carolsnotebook said...

Congratulations!

S. Krishna said...

Congratulations, and great post - you're so right, there are so many wonderful blogs out there!