Welcome to the nerve center of Armchair BEA! If you're a book blogger who can't attend Book Expo America and/or the BEA Blogger Convention in New York this May, you don't have to miss all the fun - this virtual convention is the place to be! Watch this space for all the news about daily blogging themes, discussions, giveaways and more! Armchair BEA is scheduled for May 26-31, 2014.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Kicking off Armchair BEA: Introductions First!

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Any good event requires introducing yourself and getting to know your fellow attendees. Instead of NYC, we may be in our armchairs and pajamas this week, but that does not mean we cannot network right along side those heading to the Javits Center!

Let's face it - the number of bloggers keeps increasing to the point where finding each other is quickly proving an impossible task. This year's theme is all about community, and our main goal is to encourage visiting and getting to know the vast number of bloggers/participants. In order to do so, we decided to shake things up a bit with our interviews. The interviews, while popular and fascinating, could also get quite lengthy. In the spirit of keeping things simple and encouraging visiting, we asked you to answer at least five interview questions and visit as many other bloggers as possible.

In case you forgot the questions, here they are again:
  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
  2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
  3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
  4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
  5. Where do you see your blog in five years?
  6. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
  7. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
  8. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
  9. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
  10. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
Don't forget to add your post to Mr. Linky, and in the spirit of participating, please turn off any word verification program you may have. It does tend to discourage comments. Then go visit and comment and have fun! When you are done, come back and leave us a comment and let us know how many participants you visited and said hi. Who knows? There may be a surprise for someone. Wink, wink!

Have fun, and welcome to Armchair BEA!!




158 comments:

  1. Oops...I'm already starting off on the wrong foot. I should have typed "Unfinished Person @ Still Unfinished." Anyway, look forward to catching up later today with some of y'all. :)

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  2. Yay! So glad to get started on what will no doubt be a fantastic week! Thanks everyone!

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  3. Help! How do I delete a link? No. 16 has the wrong title to it. I posted again and am also No. 18 but I can't delete No.16. Please feel free to do so if you get this. No. 18 Debbie @ A Library of our own is the correct one! Sorry!

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  4. Excited to get started! I'm getting ready for bed but will be sure to check out lots of intros in the AM!! Happy Armchair BEA!!

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  5. Looking forward to getting to know a lot of great bloggers!

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  6. Yay, Armchair BEA has started! can't wait to get to know other bloggers!

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  7. I love reading other people's answers - it's amazing how different and yet how similar a lot of us are.

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  8. I'm so excited to be part of this! :)

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  9. I can't wait to read all of them! My post says it was published at 10 but its 12 here...hmmm....oh well!

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  10. Yay! I'm reallllly excited! I can't wait to get to know everyone, and make new friends!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

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  11. So stoked for this! Thanks for hosting it!

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  12. So stoked to be participating for the very first time! Thanks so much for hosting this incredible event!!! :)

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  13. Hi,
    I'm excited to join in the excitement. Wish I didn't have to work also. :(

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  14. This is my first year participating and I'm extremely excited about it! Can't wait to visit some other participants!

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  15. I am also a first timer with this and I don't think I have ever been more excited for an event ever! haha. Super excited to get to know everyone!

    xo Stephanie @LittleRedReads

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  16. I'm so excited! I'm a newbie and can't wait to meet some everyone. :D

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  17. yayy! i am so excited i have been waiting for this to start! i cant wait to visit everyone's blogs and meeting them! this is gonna be so amazing! but there are just so many people i may not be able to accomplish anything else all day :) oh well!

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  18. I visited:

    27. Kate @wh YAnot?
    22. Lisseth @ Read- A- holic Z, but her word verification wouldn't allow this Wordpress blogger to comment after 6 tries
    50. Natalie @ Mindful Musings
    73. Ryan @ Wordsmithonia
    11. Unfinished Person
    17. Len @ Musings of a Reader Happy

    Be back later, I need some sleep!

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  19. ok, 18 people visited and greeting... time for some sleep and then back at it tomorrow!

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  20. For some reason, after procrastinating for 2 years, I broke down and began blogging. I guess I had perfect timing because I'm just in time for this. I just started blogging about 11 days ago. So, if you go to my blog- be kind. I know it's a little rough- that's what summer vacation and teenaged children are for.

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  21. Yay! I'm super thrilled to be a part of this year's Armchair BEA! You guys are so awesome to host this event for those of us who can't get to the event in NYC! You rock!

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  22. I'm really excited to meet new bloggers!!

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  23. Happy ABEA everyone! I'm going to visit some blogs and then go get some coffee.

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  24. First time participant here. Can't wait to go visit some ther blogs :-)

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  25. so far, I've visited 31 blogs and left comments. Very impressive blogs, I must say! I got lots of ideas.

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  26. Intro post linked up! Yay for Armchair BEA!!!

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  27. Linked up my post. Excited to start the week!

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  28. So excited for this week!

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  29. yay! Been and left some comments, written my blog ready for tomorrow, and put the button on my website! Looking forward to the rest of the week!

    Chelle

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  30. Just linked up--I can't wait to check out all of the posts! [I'm going to sneak some in while at work ;) ]

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  31. Love this opportunity to share! Time to blog again!!!

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  32. Thanks for organizing ArmchairBEA again.

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  33. Good morning! I'm anticipating a fun BEA week, from the comfort of home.

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  34. Hello from a Jubilee weekend in the UK. My post is up! http://anglersrest.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/armchair-bea-2012-post-1-introductions.html

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  35. Can't believe so many people are already linked up!!! I will try and check some out during the day, but otherwise after work I will definitely make the rounds. =)

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  36. Hmmm...could have swore I already linked up, but I'll try again. If for some reason my link shows twice, please forgive me because I don't see it right now.

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  37. So excited!! :D Just posted my link.

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  38. Yup I'm the idiot that entered the linky on my cellphone, and therefore called my blog Button Book Review as opposed to Burton Book Review. Guess it could be worse.

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  39. Look forward to meeting everyone! http://mwgerard.com/armchair-bea-12-introduction/

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  40. Looking forward to this, glad I can still take part in BEA in a way!

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  41. I am visiting like crazy this morning, probably over 30 blogs already. I am getting something to eat and then getting to know some more bloggers! Have a great day!

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  42. Hopefully this is correct. You will see, it I linked correctly that I am a newbie. But I really am enjoying getting to know a lot of bloggers in book blogger land.

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  43. I love this idea for those of us who couldn't be there in person!

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  44. SPECIAL ARMCHAIR BEA NOTE: Please allow a few minutes for your linky to appear. There is typically a lag time!

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  45. I've gotten to a good # of blogs. Finding some answers and learning about other bloggers very interesting.

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  46. Thanks for this, I look forward to reading all the other blogs!

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  47. I'm at work, but will try to get to as many blogs as I can!

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  48. Looking forward to participating in Armchair BEA for the first time!

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  49. Thanks for hosting. I'm sure this is a ton of work. Looking forward to stopping by some blogs at some point today/tonight.

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  50. This is awesome! I'm so excited to participate!

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  51. Always late to the party:(

    Three cheers for Armchair BEA

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  52. So thankful to the Armchair BEA group for finding away to keep us long-distance folks included!

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  53. I' m glad to be following. Also, in addition to the URL I posted for our main site, here is our blog site: http://blog.bookmasters.com

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  54. Hi! Thanks for hosting this awesome event!! I have posted so far over 60 blogs!

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  55. 10 blogs! And I've already met some awesome bloggers!

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  56. This has been so much fun! Thank goodness Armchair BEA is here for those of us who could not make the trip!

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  57. I started out wrong, too. I should have listed it as Kathy@Reading Room. I will try to correct.

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  58. I'm so happy to be a part of this. A first for me!

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  59. I'm kind of shocked that the number is this high, but so far between posts for my Commenting Committee team and replies to comments on my post, I have visited and commented on 60 blogs so far. And if the Linky keeps going up, so will my comments! That's nuts!

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  60. This is my first year participating, and I'm sooooooo excited! Seems like fun!

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  61. This is our first year participating in the Armchair BEA since we're a newer blog. Can't wait to browse and meet and greet with other bloggers. Thanks for hosting this! It's sure to be a great week!

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  62. Heavens! Armchair BEA is crazy! AWESOMELY EPIC!

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  63. Whoops, I meant to put the link to the post, but I ended up with a link to the front page. What a great way to start! Anyway, here is the link to the interview: http://fadedhat.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-interview.html

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  64. I am having such a great time visiting all these new-to-me blogs (a few of my regular favorites too) So far, I have visited and commented on 25 blogs... with more to come later!

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  65. Looking forward to virtual visiting everybody!
    --JJ at Word Circus

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  66. Hi everyone...welcome to Armchair BEA Introductions...I look forward to visiting as many sites as I can.... feel free to drop by mine http://www.fantasyromanceoccult.com Tina M.E.

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  67. I am so excited to join in on the fun this year!!! :)

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  68. I love seeing what questions people choose to answer. And then seeing how people answer the same questions!

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  69. So far I've visited about 23 blogs. :) Taking a break for a bit though. It's been really great getting to read everyone's introductions, and I think it's a really awesome way to organize this!

    Thanks for hosting! :D

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  70. Great way to organize an event this big! I look forward to going around and looking through everyone's introductions!

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  71. Firs time doing this and OMG!! T_T I'm soo excited!!!

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  72. First time trying something new. Gotta remember for Linky lists to write my name as "Kris @ Pearls of Great Worth". My bad!

    I'm excited to join in on Armchair BEA!!!

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  73. Well my computer is being all wonky today, so it wouldn't let me make comments after a while... but I stopped by a lot of great blogs! Yay for Armchair BEA! I have been looking forward to this event for a while!

    Thanks!

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  74. ahhh so many awesome blogs! i think I've lost count of how many I've visited, I replied back to everyone who commented on mine so that's about 70ish along with a few more I found around. such a fun event!!

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  75. This is really great! I wish I could visit everyone's blog to say hi, but wow. So many! I have visited 24 so far and hope to do more tonight. :)

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  76. I absolutely love Armchair BEA, and I actually enjoyed the interview with myself xD
    Thanks for hosting Armchair BEA, you rock!

    xo Mar

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  77. I've been having so much fun reading the interview posts! I'm on the commenting committee, so I've only visited twenty of the posts on my list so far. I hope to visit more later today.

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  78. I've visited and commented on the first 49 so far! Really loving meeting all these bloggers! :) Hopefully I'll visit some more tomorrow!

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  79. Looking forward to visit all the participating sites.

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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  80. This was fun! I hope I did it correctly...

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  81. Really excited to be taking part in our first Armchair BEA. Thank you so much for all the hard work that has gone into this!

    Donna & Dave
    Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dave

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  82. Thanks for organizing Armchair BEA!

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  83. Great start to the week. Can't wait to enjoy the rest and get to know more fabulous bloggers! :D

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  84. Phew! Well I said hi to 25 fab bloggers, hopefully I can continue this hop fest a bit later. Food is in order.

    Happy BEA!

    Armchair BEA: Introducing Otherwhere.Co

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  85. I am so late to this game but hopefully just in time!

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  86. I said hello to sixty or so people. Who knows, I may say hello to more later.

    Thanks for organizing this, ya'll.

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  87. I hope I will be able to follow some new blogs during this week. I may not participate every day as I am having dental work done and do not know how I will feel. My usual email is rblerner@ptd.net

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  88. Right, intro done, going to check out blogs BUT 340, umm not sure i'm going to get through that many :/

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  89. I'm a little late to the party, but hey, I made it!

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  90. Wow, I've had a great day! (So far) I think I've commented on at least 40 blogs, and still going strong. Made lots of new friends.

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  91. I'm new to this so I'm excited to meet new bloggers and participate in ArmchairBEA.

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  92. Wow, 300 more people have linked up their posts since I linked up & started reading other blogs this morning.

    This afternoon, I read the following blogs:

    207. Laurel- Rain @ Curl up and Read

    234. Lisa @ A Casual Reader's Blog

    113. Felicia @ Geeky Blogger

    332. Mindy @ A Room without Books is Empty

    236. Pamela @ I Read. Do You?

    Be back later to list more. I lost track of a few.

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  93. Better late than never, right? Can't wait to read about everyone else!

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  94. I've been trying to keep up with all of my comments but it's hard - I see blogs at the blogs I'm commenting on and decide to go that way and its a spaghetti junction of comments throughout the blogs! I've met some great new blogs today though and have to say I really like this format!

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  95. Sheesh, I have visited at least twenty of these blogs and there are some funny people out there. Thanks for putting this together. Twenty sure isn't very many out of three hundred but I will keep at it.

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  96. It is so awesome to see all the participation! I have commented on about 20 so far, I hope to get to many more before bed!

    Thanks so much to all the organizers for all your hard work this week!

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  97. Wow! Thank you so much for this, I felt left out bc I wasn't going, now I am super excited to be at home chatting it up with all these awesome bloggers! <3 so much love and appreciation for the organizers and bloggers.

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  98. Was I supposed to register for Armchair BEA someplace? Because I haven't....just joining in anyway.
    You do a great job!!

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  99. Debbie ... You can register here: http://www.armchairbea.com/2012/05/2012-participant-registration-now-open.html Please note that some giveaways are only available to registered participants!

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  100. I am excited to be a part of this!

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  101. Thanks for organizing this! I'll post about Armchair BEA soon.

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  102. It's my first year participating :)

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  103. Just a quickie, to say I'm lookng forward to finding more MG SciFi to blig about.

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  104. Really excited to participate in Armchair BEA...this is really cool for those of us who aren't able to go to BEA this year.

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  105. Really glad to be taking part in this. I've visited about 10 other blogs so far, and look forward to visiting many more. Thanks!

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  106. Went to 117 blogs. I am cross eyed now. :)

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  107. Hey guys, really excited to be a part of Armchair BEA! It's my first time, so not sure what to expect, but I do know it will be interesting! Looking forward to "meeting" other book lovers.

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  108. Phew. Another long and busy day ends! I managed to comment on 15 blogs today and will continue the commenting rampage tomorrow when I have a lot more time on my hands! Wahooo! :D

    Loving this!

    Faye

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  109. Just posted mine :) Can't wait to check out everyone else's.

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  110. This blog hop was a blast! I got to meet some great people. Love the way you set this up :)

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  111. Thx guys going to be more challenging for me this year but always worth it. So excited to attend day one.

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  112. Crikey I only went to 24 blogs...117 up above!! WOW!! Libby!

    Yes I had fun and I became a new follower to whoever I was not following. Had a great time having a quick squizz at everybodys blogs I visited:D

    Michelle

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  113. I love this -- but I am only up to visiting 20 blogs so far -- a lot more to go!! LOL So much fun!!

    http://bellesbookbag.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-introductions-first.html

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  114. WOW! Over 350 people... I'm trying to stop by every blog, but it might take me a few days to get to everyone! :)

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  115. Not only did I get my post up but I visited everyone on my comment list (yes I am doing both sides---I think I may be just a little bit crazy)!

    First day was a blast ladies! Well Done!

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  116. I'm so excited. Just posted my first BEA blog and can't wait to see who stops by! I hope I make a few new friends!

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  117. Okay, so the day seems to be winding down, and my blog comment count is right around 100, maybe a little over if I get a few more comments on my blog tonight. I had over 70 commenters on my post, which is nuts! I tried to visit the commenters' blogs and comment on every one - it was like a full time job today! I love it! I have never left so many comments or read so many posts in a single day before!

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  118. Okay, I started soooo late tonight so I only commented on 11 blogs. My eyeballs are starting to feel like they're going to pop out so I should call it a night. But I want to hit everyone this week sometime, at least to check out the blogs and follow!

    Way to go Libby, Felicia and Lauren!!! You so crazy!!

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  119. Ok, I've made it to my goal of reading 30 posts. I'd love to read them all but I just can't do it! I've also commented on and visited those who commented on my own post. It was so awesome to meet so many awesome folks and see the similar and totally different answers! Perhaps I'll go read a few more...

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  120. Hi everybody! I don't know how many blogs I've been to today, it's been a lot, and I've had a blast reading all the Intro posts! What a great group of bloggers we have! Looking forward to tomorrow and will still visit a few more tonight!

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  121. I visited and commented on 46 blogs. (I may have missed counting a couple in the beginning because it was early and I was half-asleep. Haha!) If I didn't make it to your blog to say "hello," let this be a super catch-all HELLO to everyone out there participating in Armchair BEA. *waves* I hope everyone has a fantastic week!

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  122. Well I tried to visit LOTS of bloggers.. I'd say I did about 35!
    Thank goodness there were only 5 questions.
    I am so surprised at all the different blog formats nowadays, back in the day it was mostly blogspot and a basic wordpress. Nice to see creativity out there.

    And I CANNOT believe I visited a wonderful young lady's blog, who was allmost 13. Wow.

    I'll visit some more tomorrow if work allows it. Which means if there is not a lot of work at the office.
    =)
    (crosses fingers).

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  123. I've gotten through 34 blogs today and look forward to visiting more tomorrow. Everyone's posts are great! Such a diverse, talented community. :)

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  124. Hi just new here!! :) looking for some friends! hoping to get to know a lot of people! :)

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  125. I sure hope I'm getting the hang of this now. I've answered the questions on my blog, which was lots of fun, and I am trying to see if my blog is now up on the site here. I put it up earlier, but I didn't see it tonight, but that was before I answered the questions on my blog. I am loving reading the different blogs here. I am so excited to see who stops by mine.

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  126. So for today I had stopped by the first 50 blogs...will be stopping by the rest as I have time this week...just needed to stop for the night!

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  127. I will have answers for my interview questions tomorrow posted:)

    Heather Powers
    Earth's Book Nook
    www.earthsbooknook.blogspot.com

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  128. I have visited some and have some to go! I still have to get to the giveaways and boy I still have a lot to do!!

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  129. I have had a blast commenting and visiting blogs today! I hit about 100, but i've got to get some sleep! Hopefully I'll "meet" everyone else soon!

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  130. now visited 60 blogs and gonna hit a few more....love all the folks stopping by my blog to chat and comment

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  131. I had so much check out the blogs just couldn't them all today! :(
    Well there is tomorrow, I'll just have to sneak out has more computer time between reading, blogging and work! It was fun exchanging info! :D

    http://bloomingwithbooks.blogspot.com

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  132. I have only read/commented on about 25 blogs so far. I promise I will get through more, but uni work is calling me right now! Will get through as many blogs as possible through the week!

    Lovely meeting all these amazing new people! :) <3

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  133. I'm so excited for the rest of this week! Looking forward to getting to know more of you! :)

    http://iam-bookish.blogspot.com/2012/06/armchair-bea-2012-introduction.html

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  134. Working on commenting and dropping by blogs still, but holy cow! Nearly 400 people have linked up on day one! That's incredibly awesome!

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  135. Just put up my post. Look forward to meeting other bloggers. I am one of them sitting at the side lines.

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  136. Am really looking forward to this week and getting to know more of my fellow bloggers! :)

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  137. I am so excited to be a part of Armchair BEA!

    I have lost count of how many blogs I have visited but it has been wonderful reading everyone's answers.

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  138. Ive posted on a little over 30 blogs so far! This is so much fun getting to know other bloggers! Thank you for doing this! This is great!

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  139. well, my total blog hops/comments is now at about 100 and I have enjoyed meeting so many folks. Amazing how many young people are blogging. I feel like the senior citizen of the group at age 50! lol

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  140. I visited 10 blogs today, but I plan to visit more throughout the week :]

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  141. It has been so much fun visiting blogs both new and old for me and getting to know people better.

    This morning I'll finish up visiting everyone who left comments for me and try to hit a few more intros before I start on the giveaways!

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  142. For my interview/intro post , please visit link 412. (My other link is a general link--delete that one if possible--thanks!)

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  143. Usually I don't really go outside my genre pool, but this activity has been refreshing fun. I've come across fairly new blogs that I will definitely be following. Armchair BEA! Hurray!

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  144. I made it to over 50 blogs on day 1. So many great blogs, so little time!

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  145. A little late but I made it. Looking forward to the rest of the event.

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  146. What an amazing initiative. It really does feel like going to a conference with all the connecting opportunities. Congratulations!

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  147. I can't believe I'm just stumbling on to this event! It looks amazing, and it's giving me some excitement over an event I would love to attend in person!

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  148. This is an extremely busy week for me, but I hope to gain some new insights and blogging friends along the way...thanks!

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  149. Oops. I'm late! I'll catch up though. This looks like so much fun...looking forward to meeting more bloggers.

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  150. Work is stealing my life away! AHH! I had so much fun doing this event, chatting on Twitter and getting to know other bloggers. I wish I had been able to do more, but c'est la vie. There's always next year!

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  151. Cant wait to participate. Thanks!
    -Reshama
    www.stackingbooks.com

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