Random Ramblings: Talking about random thoughts on books, blogging, myself, the world, etc. Anything under the sun~
“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for them.”
– Morgan Matson, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
I don’t really know where or how to begin this post. This is a little follow up to my recap on the Book Signing Event last Saturday and everything else that followed after. I’m a very small blog. I’m not famous. I’m just doing my own thing. So I was really surprised when I got so much attention for that post. Suddenly, I was getting tweets from fellow Filipinos I didn’t know. A lot of them related to my honest recount of that day. But merely looking at these people who were agreeing with me is just one side of the whole picture. There were others who had different experiences altogether. I must say that I was afraid of all of the attention I suddenly got.
I know I wrote that post in a sleep-deprived state and I was very depressed that day. I was so excited to meet Tahereh Mafi that I felt like my chest would explode. But when I was in line and still behind someone, an NBS staff took my books and tablet out of my hands. By the time I got to Tahereh Mafi, I only had time for a picture and then they dumped all my things back in my hands. Mafi didn’t even have time to look up. Efficient, yes. Quality service, no. In light of the situation, I stand by my opinion that NBS needs to improve their services. If they can’t handle that much people in half a day, then make more time for it. All I want is fair treatment for all, whether they be publicity or customer. And I was honestly traumatized and depressed by that situation that I haven’t picked up a book to read for days.
But they say the world comes around, and good will come to those who wait. Recently, I have been blessed with such wonderful people who openly welcomed me into their fold. They have been very supportive and very friendly throughout everything. And I’m just so so grateful. They are really awesome people. And I feel so humbled in their presence. Most of them went through what I did (maybe worse), yet they were able to keep a positive attitude about everything. Do I regret posting what I wrote? No. But there is still good in this world and I hope things will be better in the future.
Recently, I’ve been participating in the daily chats of this little book blogger group that I joined. I’m still pretty new. Most of the time, I’m the wallflower in the group – the introvert. But I already feel that these people are simply wonderful. They’re not perfect, but they’re the kind of people you would want to be friends with. And I just want to give a little shout out to each and every one of them (I hope I don’t forget anyone): Faye @ The Social Potato, Dre @ Sporadic Reads, Aimee @ Deadly Darlings/The Social Potato, Amir @ The Not-So-Literary Heiresses, Irish @ Nocturnal Reader, Shannelle @ The Art of Escapism, Nix @ Night Owl Reads, Ella @ The Filipina Booknote, Jules @ Jules Bookshelf.
I would also like to thank the people who were consoling during that depressing post: Olivia @ bookcomet, indiereadergirl0329, Angela Mcpherson, Christine @ Readerly Musings, Michelle @ In Libris Veritas, Nara @ Looking for the Panacea, Gelai, and whoever else commented. You all mean so much to me.
These people are all wonderful. I believe in paying it forward. Introduce others to the wonderful people you know. Who are the genuinely kindhearted and supportive book people you know? Share about them. Tweet about them. And let me know in the comments so that I can support them too. I’ve been meaning to find more awesome book bloggers out there.
I am grateful for all the people who shine their light in the midst of darkness. I am humbled by people who show goodness in bad times. I am hopeful that there will always be a silver lining.
Spread love, kindness, and awesomeness,