I am severely socially inept, even on the Internet. Like, I lurk on web forums without participating, I follow people on Twitter without ever talking to them, I read people’s blogs and never comment. It’s like I can’t turn off my anxiety, even when I’m essentially anonymous. So, while I don’t always throw myself into the YA writers blogging community with abandon, I love that it exists and that each time I get the grit to dip a toe in, everyone is so kind. There are tons of resources for aspiring YA writers and so many ways to connect. It’s my favorite part of the Internet.
On a similar note, I saw blogger Jessica Love posting about Sip Swap last year and I thought it looked so fun, but I had a newborn so there was no way I could add another responsibility into my life. But this year I can, and I am stoked to send someone random a mug and to receive a surprise mug in return! Fun! (My brain still says participation is scary but I’m telling it that participation is fun instead.)