17 June 2013

Book Blogger Confessions: ALA, BEA and all the good stuff


Hosted by For What It's Worth and Midnyte Reader, Book Blogger Confessions is a bi-weekly feature where bloggers confess all about blogging or bookish topics.

BEA, ALA. Have you ever been before? If you've been before, share your experiences; both pro & con. If you haven't gone before, do you participate in online events like Armchair BEA? Do you hope to go one day? Do you feel too intimidated to go? Are you jealous of the big book hauls and tweets during the events?

I could insert multiple gifs here with people crying their little hearts out, throwing tantrums or just generally getting their strop-on.  No, I've never been to BEA or ALA....

I do participate in Armchair BEA, and it's a great alternative - I've discovered loads of awesome blogs through it, and there are always lots of interesting discussions going on.  Yes, it's not the same as drowning yourself in bookish goodies and people, but I can do it in my pajamas, so that's at least one bonus.

One day I would love to go to BEA, and who knows, maybe it will happen, but if not, I'm not going to get upset and jealous of the people that do.  I can take a train to Paris in less than four hours, fly to London in 45 minutes or be in Amsterdam in less than half an hour - I've got plenty to keep me occupied close to home ;-).  Plus sending all those books home would probably cost more than the flights just to get there....

If I did go, I probably would feel slightly intimidated, at least in the beginning.  I'm not the most outgoing of people and spending three days jammed into a convention center with hundreds of other people would probably leave me pretty physically and mentally exhausted, but probably all the bookish excitement would help me get over that pretty quick!

I can understand that people might feel a bit jealous about the big book hauls and Tweets during events, but I certainly don't.  I LOVE seeing photos from BEA and New York, the book haul posts make me drool and I love hearing what a fabulous time everyone had.  And for the people that don't, just a small tip - don't read the posts and Tweets if it makes you upset :) it's not very nice to make people feel guilty for talking about something they enjoyed.

18 comments:

  1. I with you Kat! I love reading BEA/ALA posts and Tweets and I love to live through those during BEA/ALA times. Of course there's a teeny tiny biit of envy involved but mostly I enjoy that people have so much fun, love discovering people I know (from reading their blogs) on pictures and writing HUGE lists of books I need to check out as soon as they're out.

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    1. I think people confuse envy and jealousy. I'm envious because I want to be there too, but I'm not hating the people that are. And I love the lists of books that I make afterwards :-D

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  2. I'm with ya Kat, The BEA/ALA posts are amazing to see but I'm glad I don't go. Like you I'm not the most out going person so I would be way too intimidated to go. If I lived in the US near where they were being held I might be willing to go but the expense just isn't worth it to me to travel from further away.

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    1. I wouldn't say I'm glad that I don't go, and I'd probably be fine once I got there, provided I could have a bit of quiet time each night.

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  3. I feel the same way about the exhaustion. Being around other people is so draining to me anyway, and thinking about it on that scale... but sometimes it's worth it and I have a feeling this would be one of those things. I don't know that I'd ever make it a regular thing, but I would like to experience it once.

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    1. I'm with you there - I feel like I NEED to do it at least once!

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  4. I'm really surprised to see how many people said they were NOT jealous of the books hauls. That seems to be a big thing that comes up every year when he cons start. I'm always unsure of what to do myself. I know some people think you're bragging but then so many people ask me to post pictures.

    I never have signings or author events in my area so BEA is my big go to book thing.

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    1. Honestly, I wouldn't worry about the people think you are bragging. It's not like you are doing the 'nernerner' dance at the people who can't go!

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  5. I think it is natural to feel a bit of envy when you see these massive hauls but (at least for me) I get over it quickly when I read about their experiences and see the photos. Also many bloggers do spread the love and host Giveaways of some of the books they bring back. I had fun participating in Armchair BEA and your right about doing it in your pajamas, that is nice. I even managed to win something from the event so you know there are ways to participate without physically being there.

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    1. You have a very good point there - lots of people that do go are incredibly generous about it, so there's no need for people to get all bent out of shape about it.

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  6. I think part of my jealousy comes with knowing that I could actually go...but due to various stupid reasons I couldn't make it this year. The hauls don't really make me jealous though. It's awesome that the green eyed monster doesn't really have an affect on you and Armchair BEA was really amazing!

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    1. Oh yeah that would make it harder for sure :(

      Armchair BEA rocks!

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  7. I admit I was green previous years but since I have made friends with someone going..I ask for my certain books but not a big thing . I did do armchair bea for a couple days . I like being introduced to new books too :0)

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  8. I agree -- I don't get jealous of the tweets and posts, or even the big book hauls. Well, okay ... sometimes I admit to a little bit of envy towards people who meet some of my favorite authors. :)

    But overall, I like experiencing BEA through the eyes of the people who are able to go --- it's nice to read about all of the varied things that people see/do!

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    1. That's true - everyone does slightly different things and events and I love that!

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  9. Yeah, I can't feel to bad for you, since you have all of Europe at your fingertips. Sigh. Basically, transporters just need to exist so we can all go anywhere at a moment's notice.

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  10. Paris, London and Amsterdam? Who's jealous now? (points at herself)...*that* is pretty amazing. I don't get jealous over book hauls b/c really, who am I kidding? I can't read that fast anyway and by the time I get to a book, it'll be out in the stores and libraries.

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