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.